Audacity Keeps Things Simple

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-12-13 Print this article Print

Audacity is perfect for those who want to create or edit digital audio files without encountering the high-complexity problems of most audio-editing tools.

Anyone who has wanted to create or edit digital audio files has probably run into the high-complexity problems of most audio-editing tools, which seem to be designed more for budding record producers than for people who just want a simple but effective program.

Over the years, Ive tried many purportedly user-friendly audio-editing programs but didnt find any to my liking until I came across the free open-source program Audacity. For casual audio users, Audacity couldnt be simpler and is, in many ways, like using a tape deck on your computer.

Using Audacity, Ive been able to easily import and edit long recorded meetings and roundtable discussions and convert my rare record collection to digital format. By default, Audacity can export content into the WAV and Ogg Vorbis formats. It can export to MP3 with a plug-in.

Another great aspect of Audacity is that it runs identically on Windows, Mac OS and Linux machines, letting me edit audio files on any of my systems.

The November release of Audacity 1.2.3 fixes a problem on Macs that had caused some major system crashes on my OS X system and forced me to use an older but stable beta version. In my tests, Version 1.2.3 ran flawlessly on my Mac system.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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