Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. Brought to you by the Audacity Team.


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, [multi-track]( audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into [many languages]( You can use Audacity to: - [Record]( live audio. - [Record computer playback]( on any Windows Vista or later machine. - [Convert tapes and records]( into digital recordings or CDs. - Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3, Ogg Vorbis sound files. - AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA, Opus and other formats supported using optional libraries. - Cut, copy, [splice]( or [mix]( sounds together. - Numerous [effects]( including change the [speed](, [pitch]( or [tempo]( of a recording. - Write your own plug-in effects with [Nyquist]( - And more! See the complete [list of features]( Free Software Audacity is free software, developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the [GNU General Public License (GPL)]( Free software is not just free of cost (like “free beer”). It is **free as in freedom** (like “free speech”). Free software gives you the freedom to use a program, study how it works, improve it and share it with others. For more information, visit the [Free Software Foundation]( Programs like Audacity are also called **open source software**, because their source code is available for anyone to study or use. There are thousands of other free and open source programs, including the [Firefox]( web browser, the [LibreOffice]( or [Apache OpenOffice]( office suites and entire Linux-based operating systems such as [Ubuntu]( We welcome [donations]( to support Audacity development. Anyone can [contribute]( to Audacity by helping us with [documentation](, [translations](, user [support]( and by [testing]( our latest code. [Open HUB]( (formerly known as “Ohloh”) has statistics on the value of Audacity development. The statistics are set up by us to show only the values of Audacity-specific development, excluding the third-party code libraries Audacity uses. Bundling, Reselling or Distributing Audacity Vendors are free to bundle Audacity with their products, or to sell or distribute copies of Audacity (see [Vendors and Distributors of Audacity]( under the [GNU General Public License (GPL)]( If you are interested in bundling, selling or distributing Audacity, please review our entire [License, and Advice for Vendors and Distributors]( page. Sponsoring Audacity Development We are happy to hear from any companies or groups interested in [sponsoring]( Audacity development, but please note that we are not interested in proposals related to: [software bundles, installers, pop-ups, or “in-app” adverts](

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