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The award winning open source audio recording and editing program, Audacity, which runs on Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and other operating systems, was released last week with a 2.0 upgrade. It includes several bug fixes, interface changes, and new feature enhancements.

Audacity, developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under General Public License, allows you to record audio from your computer’s microphone, CDs, USB turntables/tape decks, streaming audio, and iTunes, as well as the ability to import and edit existing audio files. Audio files can be saved in various formats including MP3, podcast, ringtones, and iTunes.

Changes in the 2.0 update of Audacity include bug fixes for resolving various crashing problems related playback speed and synchronization problems; interface improvements including showing the track name in the display (off by default), and several new features, such as improved audio effects, a new device toolbar, Automatic Crash Recovery, and improved label tracks in the Track Menu.

While Rogue Amoeba programs like Audio Hijack Pro and Piezo are simpler to use, Audacity packs over 11 years of cross-platform audio editing solutions that constitute a free alternative to professional software such as Logic, Soundtrack Pro and Peak. The program includes its Wiki manual support, as well as several full length books about performing particular tasks within Audacity.

The manual site contains several tutorials on a range of topics, from multi-track recordings, recording 78rpm records, recording audio playing from your computer, and copying tapes, LPs or MiniDiscs to CD or your computer.

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Source: Lifehacker

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    May 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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  2. joe
    March 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Dear Mr. Bakari freelance writer, if you are going to write about a piece of software, please include a direct link to it's own website and not one back to your home page. I know it's good for a few free "clicks" but that's not what the WWW is about.

    Oh, sorry, I see you're a Mac user. That explains everything. Carry on...

  3. Daleks
    March 23, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I use Adobe Audition for editing, but Audacity does a better job of capturing streaming audio. Much of what I do is software training, and I always recommend Audacity. The price is certainly right. Just have to make people know they have to install mp3 dll separately.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      March 29, 2012 at 4:03 am

      Daleks, thanks for the feedback and tip.

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