Audacity is the Photoshop of audiophiles, sound artists, DJs, and anyone interested in editing sound. Conceived as a tech project for Carnegie Mellon University, it had since exploded in popularity and as of December 2011 is the eleventh most downloaded program in Sourceforge.net, the leading repository of freeware, shareware, and open source programs. By definition, Audacity is a simple but powerful digital audio editor and recording software, and has received critical acclaim and positive response from its users and critics alike; it has gained the 2007 and 2009 Sourceforge Community Choice Award in the Best Project for Multimedia category.
Audacity can do to sound what Adobe’s infamous Photoshop can do with images. Using Audacity, one can trim, normalize, add sound effects, sharpen, distort and more with standard audio files, even podcasts. It supports a wide variety of sound files, such as MP3s and FLACs, and can play these files as well; it also offers the ability for multitrack mixing, noise removal via sampling, pitch conversion without actually having to fiddle with the track’s speed, audio speed modification, recording, and even an audio spectrum analysis using Fourier transformation. In addition, it can import nearly every kind of audio file and export them (or save them) as other formats entirely – in essence converting them.
Our users primarily use Audacity to open these file types:
File.org aims to be the go-to resource for file type- and related software information. We spend countless hours researching various file formats and software that can open, convert, create or otherwise work with those files.
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