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October 1st, 2003

Do you have the audacity?!

When I first tried Audacity, the open source, cross-platform audio editor, it was still in its early stages. While it was pretty darn good for a free application, it was still pretty buggy and it crashed a lot. Now, though, it’s come quite a distance and is a worthy contender to similar shareware audio editors. With VST plug-in capability coming any day, decent built-in effects, a familiar user interface, and basic multi-tracking capability, Audacity is pretty impressive for a download that costs only a few minutes of your time. You can also save directly to MP3 format if you download lame_enc.dll separately (for licensing reasons, it couldn’t be included in the base Audacity installation).

Of all the downloads available at Sourceforge, this is one of the few I keep a daily eye on for developments.

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FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 9:44:01 am
I can't say I've tried the latest version, but Audacity ran terribly on OS X for me. It decided, after a few days, to simply crash upon launch all the time. And then, after a reinstall, it decided to crash whenever I started to record something.

I'm glad that it's there, at least for the symbolism.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 2:47:06 pm
Doesn't look too bad, but for me, I'm all about Cool Edit Pro 2.0. Simple, straightforward, powerful. It costs a bit ($299), but if you edit audio or do major recordings, it's worth it.

Also, as I type this, I see that Cool Edit Pro 2.x is no longer, as Syntrillium has been acquired by Adobe. Cool Edit Pro is now called Adobe Audition. What do the PDF folks know about audio production? I guess I'll find out tonight when I download the upgrade...

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 3:01:15 pm
I'm a long-time fan of Cool Edit, too... I just can't bring myself to plunk down that money for it.

FROM: Yanek [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 5:11:47 pm
The Red vs Blue folks ( used CoolEdit for their foo.

FROM: Doren
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 6:44:40 pm
A lot of people don't know that ProTools (The BEST audio editor out there IMHO) has a FREE version. It's a little dated- I don't think it's compatible with Windows XP and I KNOW it won't work with Mac OSX. However, It runs great on my OS9 Mac and my wife's Win98 box. Here's the link-

It's a great intro to the world of ProTools. Plus, it's about 85% of what a regular PT system does- minus the hardware that comes with the regular product.

I'm even running my radio commercial production business on it- just me!

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 10:38:58 pm
Doren -- Thanks for reminding me... I downloaded the free version months ago but forgot to install it and try it out! :)

FROM: Dave
DATE: Thursday October 2, 2003 -- 2:01:27 am
Well I downloaed pro tools free with I had my Win98 box.. sound had clicking in it.. then got a new XP box.. same issue.. I am now using CUBASE and love it.. I also have a event ezbus digital mixer and I love that as well.. it gives cubase the feel of real sliders and knobs and not just the mouse control..

FROM: Burton MacKenZie [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 2:53:53 pm
I only started using Audacity at the beginning of 2006. I've been using it pretty much solid for 6 months, both professionally and personally, and it's been a great tool. I encourage people who had problems with it three years ago to try it again!

FROM: Jack
DATE: Saturday August 5, 2006 -- 10:10:39 pm
I tried Audacity in it's early stages and was impressed, even more so with current versions in 2006. To be able to drag and drop multiple Mp3 files and have them automatically load is pure magic. So simple and powerful, Audacity is the most valuable audio editor/multitracker in my production arsenal.

FROM: xman
DATE: Saturday August 19, 2006 -- 6:53:44 am
I'm still using CoolEdit96 on XP. It works for the time being. Though I have audacity and nero waveditor too

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