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.