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About Audacity

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by FF Petro, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. FF Petro

    FF Petro

    Feb 16, 2004
    I've always be a Sonar user to this point but I have noticed over time on here that most of you are using a Freeware called Audacity.

    Before I download it I had a few questions. Them being: Does it have a limit on the number of tracks? Is it MIDI capable?

    Also, I noticed that there is a beta version. How stable is it? And I like to think I am more skilled than a beginner, and the site states the Beta is for advanced users, do you think I could get away with downloading the beta (if it is stable)?


  2. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    Audacity is not a replacement for a full-featured DAW like Sonar--it's a multi-track audio editor. I mainly use it for editing stereo WAVs and exporting MP3s. You can edit MIDI files but it has very limited (if any) realtime VST support. Past Audacity betas were buggy for me using XP so I've generally stuck to the stable releases.

    Tools you're used to using in Sonar (score editing, multitrack cut & paste, multi-mode mouse, synth racks, beat detection, multiple markers/ranges, groups/busses, groove quantize, realtime pitch/tempo changes, video, etc.) simply don't exist in Audacity.

    With recording software I think the best strategy is to figure out how to use what you already have as well as you can. After that, if you're missing features, look for software that specifically meets your needs. BTW Sonar 8 was just released.
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    We use audacity because it is free :D It makes a great practice tool and can be used for simple recording. As Winston said, it is not a replacement for Sonar.
  4. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Banned

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    iirc it has a 16 or 32 track limit. I haven't recorded anything in a while so Im not quite sure.

    +1 to seanm's "free" comment.
  5. It's nice and handy and free. I use it to turn my tapes into wav and mp3 format.

    Once I get really serious about recording, I'll move to one of the others out there.
    Right now I'm leaning toward melodyne.

  6. If you are looking for a more full featured DAW then check out Reaper. http://www.reaper.fm/

    I use Reaper all the time and Sonar only occasionally these days. It's an amazing little system!
  7. 51m0n


    Jun 30, 2005

    Reaper is excellent IMO & IME. Very very very good for the price! Very full featured, the bundled FX (comps, EQ etc) work really well and are very very CPU light
  8. reaper also runs on Linux using WINE with no problems.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    nTrack is another really good full featured DAW for cheap! I personally use Acid Pro as my go to program.
  10. climb


    May 1, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    For what it offers, Audacity is fantastic. Very stable; I use it for science experiments in my lab and have never had any issues with it.

    There's one small bug--the normalize feature can sometimes add some noise, so careful when using it.
  11. Maladroit1


    Jul 7, 2004
    St. Louis
    Hope this is not a hijack but what would you guys recommend for simply chopping the tracks I record with my Zoom H2 into seperate mp3 files? All I am really doing is hitting the record button when we start band practice and would like an easy way to chop up the songs. The simpler the better. I have been using Acoustica Mixcraft and although it is really easy to use it is kind of buggy and I have lost all of my work several times using that software.
  12. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Audicity will do that. Just edit the parts you want and rename them without saving the original file or your whole rehearsal will be lost. I do it all the time although I use other programs. Again, be sure to rename the new files. Do not edit and save the original file. Another method I use is to make copies of the original file (depends on how many songs). The go ahead and edit and save each invidual file.
  13. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Banned

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    Audacity would be perfect for what you're doing there Maladroit1

    IMHO of course :D
  14. Maladroit1


    Jul 7, 2004
    St. Louis
    I guess I am just spoiled by Mixcraft. In that software you just simply put markers between each track. After you have marked all of the songs you can mix them all down to seperate MP3 files at one time. It works great but unfortunately it tends to lock up sometimes.
  15. Audacity is a perfect stand alone track/file editor when paired with a DAW.

    I use N-Track with Audacity as the file editor.
  16. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    What I do is highlight the song, I usually highlight a bit too much each way. Then export the selection.

    Then I open the new file and clean it up. Audacity can add fade ins and fade outs.
  17. lowendisthebest

    lowendisthebest Aspiring BasStard

    i have audacity and i am having a prob. when i play a track it sounds like a record player playing the record too fast. help

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