Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.
Audacity is available for Windows®
and other operating systems. Check our feature list
Mar 17th, 2017: Audacity 2.1.3 Released
Audacity 2.1.3 replaces all previous versions.
Audacity has only partial support for Mac Sierra. We found that on a subset of Mac Sierra machines some important extensions to the core of Audacity become unavailable. Full details here: Partial support for Sierra
. This problem also affects Audacity 2.1.2. Audacity 2.1.3 takes steps to reduce the problems, but does not fix them entirely. Audacity 2.1.3 is also the last version of Audacity that will officially support Windows XP.
a free Digital Audio Workstation program (DAW).
With this you can do multi-track recordings and mixing. It’s as good as a lot of the expensive DAWs.
ARDOUR – Recording and mixing environment
As it offers the user unlimited channels, Ardour allows overlapping layered regions, non-overlapping regions or true destructive (single-file)
regions. Tracks may be mono, stereo or multichannel.
Flexible plug-in panner architecture allows sensible panning of multichannel tracks into buses. There’s much more, including extensive video support that is better than in many paid DAWs and supports extracting audio from video and modular support for using multiple machines. There’s full plug-in support, plus batch track export, non-destructive editing and comprehensive mixing and routing available.
It’s particularly elegant for a free DAW, and can even give a fair few paid alternatives a run for their money.
SAVIHost – Standalone VST host for Windows
This isn’t strictly a DAW, but will be of interest to many Windows users. It’s always been slightly annoying that if you wanted to load and play a single VST instrument you had to boot up a DAW. Apart from anything else, this could introduce another source of crashing. With SAVIHost, you can load one VST instrument at a time without using a DAW.
It has a virtual keyboard, as well, and is of particular use for anyone perorming, for example, with their favourite piano VSTi, but where that instrument hasn’t come supplied with a standalone version.
W: www.hermannseib.com/en...vihost.htm – Platform: PC