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The digital audio editing and recording application software known as Audacity is available for use with Windows, macOS, Linux, and other operating systems that are similar to Unix. Audacity is free to download and use. Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg of Carnegie Mellon University began work on the project in the autumn of 1999. Version 0.8 of the software was made available to the public on May 28, 2000.

Over 111.6 million copies of Audacity have been downloaded from FossHub since March 2015, making it the most popular download available there as of March 2, 2022. In the past, it was offered via Google Code and SourceForge, and between the two sites, it was downloaded more than 200 million times.

James Crook, who was the principal developer at the time, launched the fork DarkAudacity in 2019 with the intention of experimenting with a new appearance and other user experience enhancements. The majority of those modifications were ultimately brought over to the mainstream version, at which point the fork was closed.

It was reported in April 2021 that Muse Group, the company that owns MuseScore and Ultimate Guitar, will buy the Audacity trademark and continue to develop the program, which would keep its free and open source nature.

In addition to recording sound from a number of different sources, the post-processing of any and all sorts of audio is possible with Audacity. This includes the application of effects such as normalizing, cutting, and fading in and out. It has been used by artists such as Tune-Yards to record and mix the whole of an album. The OCR National Level 2 ICT course in the United Kingdom presently makes use of it in the unit titled “Sound Creation.”

Audacity does not support instrument VST (VSTi) plugins. Playback and recording are both unable to make use of any real-time track equalizers or other real-time effect slots. Every one of these effects has to be produced once the recording or import has been completed. It is necessary to install an optional version of the FFmpeg library in order for Audacity to be able to import or export WMA, AAC, AC3, and the majority of other proprietary or restricted file formats.  You can download audacity here.

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