Record live audio from a microphone, mixer, or an electric instrument such a an electric guitar or piano. Capturing/recording audio from your computers sound card is also possible depending on your hardware and operating system.

The following are valuable features and tools Audacity provides:

  • The ability to switch between multiple mics and input devices
  • Support for for extremely low latency recording
  • Multi-track recording and multi-channel simultaneous recording
  • Up to 24-bit depth recording
  • Supports 16-bit, 24-bit and 32-bit samples
  • Support for high-resolution recording devices (up to 384,000 Hz)
  • WASAPI, ALSA, and JACK integration.
  • Available on Windows, OS X, and Linux


Not only does Audacity give you valuable tools to record your audio, it also provides editing features.

  • Intuitive editing tools like Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete
  • The ability to have as many tracks as you’d like
  • Built-in file recovery for unexpected power loss/crashes
  • Audio scrubbing to help you find your place in the timeline
  • Work with multiple clips in the same track
  • Fade volume up or down using the Envelope Tool
  • Edit individual sample points using the draw tool
  • Unlimited Undo and Redo history per session


Lots of buit-in effects such as Speed change, Echo, Reverb, Reverse, Wahwah, Distortion, Paulstretch, Limiter, Phaser, Truncate Silence, and much more…

  • Change the pitch without altering the tempo.
  • Change the tempo without altering the pitch.
  • Remove background noise, hum, static, etc., with Noise Reduction tool.
  • Equalization, Bass and Treble, High Pass, Low Pass and Notch Filter effects.
  • Compressor, Amplify, Normalize, Fade In/Out, Crossfade Clips, Crossfade Tracks.
  • Remove or isolate vocals from a song.
  • Filter certain frequencies using using spectral edit effects.
  • Generate and modify sounds like tones, silence, and noise.
  • Preview effects in real-time before applying.
  • Batch processing feature lets you apply effects to multiple audio files at once.
  • Add / remove additional effects using the plugin Manager

File Types and Formats

If its an audio file, Audacity can handle it. Import and export in a variety of supported file audio formats, and mixing multiple audio formats isn’t a problem.

File Types

  • Convert from one audio format to another
  • Create tracks formatted for burning audio CDs
  • Supported file formats include WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AU, Ogg Vorbis, RF64
  • Extra plugin LAME encoder library adds MP3 support
  • Extra plugin FFmpeg library adds WMA, AC3, AAC, M4A, and M4R support
  • Import audio tracks from video files (with FFmpeg plugin)
  • Fast import for copying a file, or read directly from the source instantly
  • Files with different formats or sample rates are converted in real time.
  • Support for importing raw audio files