Audacity — It’s no ProTools but it gets the job done.


Overall I’ve had a pretty good experience with Audacity. It’s no ProTools but it gets the job done.

In sum, Audacity is a free open source digital audio editor that is available for pretty much any operating system. It helps record audio from multiple sources as well post-processing audio.

I’ve previously used it when I was in high school to create short audio pieces for my more creative classes. I remember the whole process with Audacity being fairly simple — you go on their website, download it and right away can begin recording or editing, but since the last time I’ve used it was a few years ago its time to reinstall and see how it has changed.

Here is a look at the website which looks a bit outdated.

For some reason after I downloaded it, it took me to this site which made it seem a bit sketchy.

Again kind of sketchy — when I tried to open it from my computer it wouldn’t let me.

However when I opened Audacity it was the same old Audacity that I remembered using a few years ago.

The system looks pretty much exactly the same from what I recall when using Audacity a few years ago. The way everything is laid out and the main functions of it all are similar to when I used it. So there has not been much progress or change in the system itself as a whole there is probably a few small function changes that they have added or removed since a few years ago. There is still a lot of room for improvement but I guess that is where a paid service comes in.

I tested Audacity so that I would not import any audio into it but rather create my own audio straight from within the program. So I went into the Generate tab menu and the first one I tested out was the ‘chirp’ audio generation.

As you can see the chirp option lets you create your own sine wave and allows you to choose your start and end frequency. I then tested out the ‘noise’ function which turned out to be a bad idea because it generated literally noise — just an awful amount of noise that did not sound good. Then I tried the ‘tone’ function and I changed the default frequency to 200 to make a nice very low sound.

The one thing I found to be difficult when using Audacity was being able to easily cut and move different sections around.

One last thing is that Audacity is a pretty useful tool only if you understand audio terms and the way audio works pretty well. There’s a lot of technical jargon that confused me and I’m sure unless you are very knowledgable on the terms, would confuse others too.

All in all the software is great to have if you need to mix audio clips real fast or get rid of weird background humming noises.

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