Audacity – Audio Editing Software (FOSS)

Audacity is an audio editing software that is free, open-source and runs on Mac OS, Linux & Windows operating systems.  It is a great tool for audio enthusiasts, who wish to get into the basics of audio editing and processing, without spending a dime.

It offers Equalization, compression, fades, tempos, and other basic tools to get you started.  The GUI looks childish, however its performance is not.  Audacity also supports addition plugins and libraries.

I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to record, edit and mix: lessons, meetings, speeches, practice sessions, gigs, announcements and other small audio jobs.

While, this may be too basic to produce your dream project, it is nevertheless like a swiss army knife in your pocket when you are on the road, with your laptop.  I use this to create loops, fades and other program material that I receive for playback at sound gigs.

This is also a great tool for kids.  Teach them the basics and let them experiment and discover the world of audio.

Download Link: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/