Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder. Audacity allows you to open audio files from a digital recorder or import them from CDs or USBs. If you want to make audio pieces for podcasting or radio, Audacity is a great place to start.
Tool type: Audio editor
Ease of use: Easy to install and relatively easy to configure, maintain and troubleshoot.
Open source: Yes
Benefits: It allows you to cut, copy, paste and edit audio along a timeline. You can add multiple tracks and apply a range of effects like normalising volume levels across a selection of an entire file, fading regions of the file in or out, panning sound from left to right and much more.
Cost: Free of charge
Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian
Compatibility: Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
Developed by: Audacity team
Last version of the tool: 20 January 2016
Last updated: 2 March 2016