For open source audio editing, Audacity is a pretty powerful program. In the world of podcasting, it’s one of those tools that are used widely when looking to keep the cost down for producing content. And by cost, I mean that it’s free.
The developers behind the application are working on the final release to version 1.3, so I’m curious to see how much their work has progressed. I’ve actually ditched the last, official release of 1.2.5 and worked completely in 1.3.0b for the last few months. It’s worked like a charm for everything that I’ve needed from it.
The latest beta version of Audacity was released yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to play with it a whole lot, but the details about 1.3.2b on their website has me a little anxious to see what’s new.
New features in Audacity 1.3.1 and 1.3.2
- Improved Toolbar Docking
- Track focus for improved keyboard navigation
- Repair and Equalization effects
- Timer Recording
- Project saving and recovery
- Selection Bar
- Mac OS X features
New features in Audacity 1.3.0
- Collapse/Expand Tracks
- Multiple clips per track
- Improved Label Tracks
- Other features
Even though Audacity doesn’t look as pretty as all those other programs that you have to pay big bucks for, it can do a heck of a lot for you if you take the chance to learn it.