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alternatives to audacityOpen source software is just plain great, and in the realm of audio editing, you’ll find no open source program more lauded than the popular Audacity. Truth be told, Audacity is useful for more things than simple audio editing 10 Creative Uses For Audacity That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of 10 Creative Uses For Audacity That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of You've probably heard of Audacity. It's a free cross-platform application for recording and mixing, which also happens to be incredibly powerful and versatile. You can use it to record vocals, instruments and other sounds, mix... Read More . But the fact remains that Audacity isn’t loved by everyone. If you’re one of those people, be glad to know that there are plenty of alternatives available.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Audacity. I’ve used it on a number of occasions and it’s never given me trouble. If you’re happy with Audacity, then feel free to keep using it. If it does what you want it to do, then there’s no reason to switch away. But for those who are looking for something a little different, the following alternatives may impress you.

RecordForAll [Windows]

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Officially, RecordForAll is no more than a podcast recording tool. It makes the entire process from recording to editing to processing very easy. However, just because it’s primarily meant to record podcasts doesn’t mean it isn’t useful in other ways.

RecordForAll can record microphones and import external audio clips. It can cut, copy, and paste within a track with a single click. It can overlay multiple layers of audio. There are even some built-in audio effects that you can use. Out of the box, RecordForAll can save in MP3, WAV, and WMA formats.

The free version of RecordForAll will place an audio watermark within your files. The full version costs $39.95.

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Wavosaur [Windows]

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Take one look at Wavosaur and you’ll notice that it’s very similar to Audacity–they even look alike! The feature set isn’t much different either. Wavosaur can do everything you’d expect from a typical audio editor: record sound, edit tracks, and process files. It has all the basics from cutting to pasting, looping, and even batch audio conversions.

Wavosaur is free, easy to use, and portable–no installation necessary. It’s available for Windows 98, XP, Vista, and 7.

Jokosher [Windows, Linux]

alternatives to audacity free

At first glance, Jokosher looks like it wouldn’t be a very powerful program. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that it can give other free audio editors a run for their figurative money. The working environment is all integrated so it’s the perfect all-in-one audio editor for Windows or Linux.

Jokosher can record sound and voice for podcasts or audio for music, though it focuses primarily on making the music creation process easier for musicians. It can handle multiple tracks within one audio. The editing, splitting, and trimming are intuitive and it can handle a number of formats, including OGG, MP3, FLAC, and WAV.

Linux MultiMedia Studio [Windows, Linux]

alternatives to audacity free

Often abbreviated as LMMS, Linux MultiMedia Studio is actually a cross-platform audio editor that works on both Windows and Linux. But this program is more than just an audio editor. It aims to be a full-blown digital audio workstation along the lines of FL Studio and GarageBand.

In LMMS, you’ll have all the tools you need to create beats and melodies, synthesize sounds, and arrange samples. It’s more than just recording and editing audio–and on top of all that, it sports a user-friendly interface with intuitive controls. If you need a free audio editor that’s more powerful than Audacity, LMMS is what you want.

Traverso DAW [Windows, Mac, Linux]

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Traverso DAW (digital audio workstation) is an audio recording and editing program that claims to be useful for recording anything from a single voice to a band to an entire orchestra. If you need sound or music to be edited, it promises to get the job done. It’s cross-platform, too–available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

This program has a lot of great features: clean interface, non-destructive editing, multiple track layers, unlimited action history, realtime audio processing, and best of all it’s free and open source under GPL. The website has a full user’s manual to help you get on your feet.

Ardour [Mac, Linux]

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This fantastic program is a digital audio workstation that can handle tasks both small and large. It has a ton of features and could very well produce some high quality audio files depending on your skills. This is more than just an audio editor – it’s a full blown machine with a beautiful interface. Not available for Windows, unfortunately.

The best thing about Ardour? The pricing. It has no set price, instead allowing users to choose how much they’d like to pay for it. If you choose to pay nothing, there is a penalty, however. Mac users will receive a demo version that can’t save AudioUnit plugin settings. Linux users will receive the full version but won’t receive customer support.

So there you have it. Six fantastic resources that could replace Audacity, each one offering a unique set of features that are useful. If Audacity isn’t your cup of tea, then one of these should be able to meet your needs. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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  1. Jimy
    June 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you, I'd like to use audacity but it crashes on me all the time on Ubuntu, so this helps.

  2. Haneef Syed
    January 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

    At present i am using Audocity, I am in search of a software, which can remove vocals from the Audio, completely or atleast to the very minimum level to creat karaoke track. I want to change to such software if available.

  3. johnyb.
    December 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    That is all garbage. No one is like a Cubase-Steinberg.

  4. eah.dwyer
    September 13, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Um, no. It would fit the definition that something offering MORE than Audacity would be an alternative.

    Not that it's a good definition. Just be careful about what you say.

  5. steve
    March 29, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Almost a useful article, but a totally pointless premise.

    You start by stating that Audacity is a useful and popular free open source audio editor, and then go on to compare it with non-free, commercial, closed source software, most of which are DAWs (digital audio workstations) and NOT audio editors. Using a DAW when you need an audio editor is just as pointless as using an audio editor when you need a DAW.

  6. brian
    February 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

    The reason I need to switch from Audacity is that it does not support virtual audio streaming. I hope one of these does! Thanks!

  7. microbee
    November 6, 2012 at 5:25 am

    On Linux you should also try Ocenaudio and Calf.

  8. Nikhil Chandak
    October 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    seems similar to audacity ....
    but I hv Audacity so .. I don't want these

  9. Rick
    October 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Soooo...These programs are either Audacity clones or provide features not available in Audacity (DAW's, etc). Why would they be considered alternatives? If you need something to do what Audacity does, just use Audacity.

    • Joel Lee
      October 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Using your definition, NOTHING would be an alternative to anything.

    • eah.dwyer
      September 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Um, no. It would fit the definition that something offering MORE than Audacity would be an alternative.

      Not that it’s a good definition. Just be careful about what you say.

  10. Scutaru Razvan
    October 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    good to know!10X

  11. Anonymous
    October 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    sweet :) now I'm really digging this.

  12. Asriel Allolinggi
    October 23, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Ardour is one of the Complex Audio Editing Tool..:-)

  13. Jim
    October 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Nice list. I may try some of the Linux programs. RecordForAll has been good. No advertisements. With the audio files, FeedForAll has worked well for creating podcasts.

  14. Vivek Kumar
    October 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    nice post

  15. Boni Oloff
    October 22, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Great alternatives.. They are very good to edit MP3..

  16. Palle Paulsen
    October 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Sounds very interesting, download and now on with the tryout

  17. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Awesome. Audacity is alright in terms of technical performance, but I always felt like it could be more...user-intuitive. It would have helped me get started with recording much more easily. Definitely going to try one/all of of these alternatives.

  18. Seasider UK
    October 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I use Audacity to transfer vinyl to CD via a USB turntable do any of these applications have a USB capability?

    • Joel Lee
      October 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Yikes! That's a little advanced for me, so I can't give you a guaranteed answer. You could try looking at the features pages on the more advanced alternatives, like LMMS, Traverso, and Ardour.

  19. Rodolfo Santillan
    October 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

    i usually use Audacity...very easy to use...fast loading...nice & simple UI.

  20. Tom Dawson
    October 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    This looks great

  21. dr john
    October 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I've used Total Recorder for about 10 years now.
    Very inexpensive, simple, and very reliable (it has never failed to record anything I've tried it on)
    It may not look as flashy as some of these other programs, but it works well for me.

  22. c smith
    October 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I like audacity. But is useful to know of other worthwhile alternatives which I will check up on asap. Besides although similiar in nature each has something to offer that may be useful in the future . I keep a file of such alternatives as a fallback. Plus other commentators often have valid and useful information.

  23. Keith Swartz
    October 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Awesome! Very awesome!

  24. RecordForAll
    October 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Really appreciate the mention of RecordForAll if anyone has any questions on its functionality or if we can help in any way please let us know!

  25. Nguyen Tran
    October 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Verry useful, thanks!

  26. Ben
    October 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Where's Reaper? Reaper is one of the most over looked DAW's on the market. It has a similar "you should pay for this but we're going to allow you all the features of the program" kind of like Win RAR (little message with a countdown before you start the program). Besides that, it runs VSTs like a champ, and has a very simple and intuitive UI. Plus, it's made by the guys who made WinAmp!

    Very surprised to see that Reaper did not make this list. I'm an audio engineer and could never get used to the simplicity of Audacity. It's not enough for someone like me who wants complete control of a multi-channel EQ without this terrible looking UI that looks like it was made in 1992. Audacity is good for what it is, but if you want a more professional DAW without shelling out a ton of money, Reaper is where you should look.

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      I saw Reaper in my search for Audacity alternatives, but I think I was put off by its price tag so I never checked it out. Good to know that it has an unlimited free trial, though. Being made by the guys from Winamp is a good endorsement, too. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Oron Joffe
    October 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Excellent list and very good comparison. Personally, I oscillate between using Audacity (great, but a bit slow, and project files are clumsy) and Wavosaur (smaller and faster, but I find it less intuitive).
    Also deserving mention is WavePad from NCH software. You can pay for it or download a free version which comes with what one may call harrass-ware, shortcuts to other NCH apps that exhort you to download (and pay) for them. These are very annoying, but it has to be said Wavepad is a very fine editor.

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Harrass-ware, ha! That's a good name. I'll check out WavePad on your recommendation. Thanks.

  28. Ritwick Saikia
    October 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    How can you get bored with something that just works?? Audacity is just right for what it's meant to do and that's sound editing.

  29. Harshit Jain
    October 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Ardour looks terrific but still I am quite used to using Audacity for making some ringtones for my phone and editing some songs.

  30. Harry Barnes
    October 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    audacity is still the best though :)

  31. Mostafa
    October 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Really a good topic and good alternative topics too

    • Mostafa
      October 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      ** and good alternative programs too

  32. Ahmed Khalil
    October 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

    very nice and useful , thanks for this information

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      You're welcome!

  33. Chew Jian Yue
    October 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Amazing. I was looking for alternatives to it too, since I am getting bored with Audacity.

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      If you find an alternative that you really like, let us know how it goes. :)

  34. Mac Witty
    October 17, 2012 at 8:51 am

    On Mac I have been using Audacity and WireTap Studio (not free) for a long time and have not found any reason to change. When looking for a free alternative for a friend I ran into Soundflower and Soundflowerbed (http://code.google.com/p/soundflower/) together with Audacity.

    Not recording very much but next time I might take a look at Traverso DAW and Ardour - even if it might be a bit of overkill

  35. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 17, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I did not find any compelling reason to look for an Audacity alternative. Audacity is the best for me (and most others too).
    RecordForAll costs as high as ~ $40. Whats so special about it that other free alternatives lack?

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      If you're perfectly satisfied with Audacity, then don't feel any pressure to change. Use what you like! :)

  36. Partha Sarathy
    October 17, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Iwas looking for recording software to use in Linux. thanks for the timely tip

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Glad we could be of help. :)

  37. Declan Lopez
    October 17, 2012 at 2:03 am

    nice, i might try lmms

  38. Brian Mok
    October 17, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Linux MultiMedia Studio seems really awesome. Might try it out sometime.

  39. Edwin Williams
    October 17, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Aye, I've always used Goldwave if I needed to trim some audio. I'll have to check out some of these other ones though!

  40. Félix S. De Jesús
    October 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    My best Alternative is Goldwave.

    • Joel Lee
      October 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      I hadn't heard of it but I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing!

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