Audacity and audio editors

Audacity is an open-source audio editor originally released in 2000. As it was a free and non-corporate software package, Audacity was the audio editor of choice for many engineers (and, in recent years, podcast editors). In contrast, corporate audio editors like Adobe Audition or Avid’s Pro Tools tend to be expensive, closed-source, and increasingly – like other Adobe tools - dependent on subscription-based models where users don’t own or control their own software but instead pay rent to use the tool.

Unfortunately, the good will for Audacity, built up over two decades with appreciative users, suffered a blow in April 2021. . . .


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