There are plenty of audio-editing software choices. So why go with a free, open-source app for professional productions?
— Daniel J. Lewis (@theRamenNoodle) February 25, 2013
5. Audacity doesn't get in the way
Audacity is often criticized for its unfriendly user interface (UI). But it's blank-slate approach keeps the program from getting in the way of your creativity.
Audacity is designed for one purpose: audio-editing. It does this very well with a clean interface and yet many extra effects, features, and functionality.
4. Audacity makes multitrack editing easy
Other audio-editing programs, like Adobe Audition, are powerful, but often unnecessarily complex. To create a multitrack project in Audition, I have to create a new project file, import my tracks, and then I can't run effects or some edits in the multitrack editor because they can only be done in the wave editor.
Audacity merges multitrack editing and wave editing into the same interface. You don't have to switch things around to work with one method or the other. You can even create and edit a multitrack project without saving a file (only recommended for tiny, quick things).
3. Audacity is cross-platform
Regardless of whether you prefer Windows, OS X, or Linux, Audacity is available for you and it works great. The interface is nearly identical across these platforms. So once you know Audacity, you'll know how to use it on any PC you ever use.
2. Audacity can do everything most audio podcasters need
Audio-editing podcasts is simple; it's usually only cut/copy/paste, place sound clips, adjust volumes with fades, and run basic enhancing effects. That's all that most podcasters would need to produce high-quality podcasts. Audacity does all of these and more without the need for extra plugins.
Slight caveat is that I don't recommend making podcast MP3s with Audacity. Instead, export as WAV and use iTunes to convert to MP3.
1. Audacity is free
Yes, the #1 reason to podcast with Audacity is because it's free. This is essential for those who start out podcasting as a hobby and have little or no money to spend on their podcasting.
Since Audacity is free, you can use the money you saved by investing in quality hardware, like a decent microphone (about $50), a mixer (about $120), a better mic stand ($50–$120), or even your own website hosting (about $100 per year with BlueHost).
But there is a cost to “free.” Audacity may take you extra time or knowledge to do some advanced procedure that other software makes easy. When podcasting is a hobby, you have more time to spend than money, and you'll be more interested in the joyful process of learning.
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