I have been using Audacity, the free digital audio recorder and editor, for a long time. It’s a great program, but there are some things it can’t do, such as:
- It can’t record or play files in the MIDI format.
- If you want to play or export files in proprietary or restricted file audio formats such as WMA (Windows Media Audio) or AAC (Advanced Audio Coding, supported by iTunes, iPad, iPod, YouTube, and others) you have to download and install additional plug-ins.
- It has less plug-ins and effects that a specialized Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
- It can’t apply sound effects in realtime. You have to record the track and then apply sound effects to it.
- It isn’t a specialized audio editing software package. There are some limitations on multi-track editing and mixing features.
Despite these limitations Audacity is a powerful and easy-to-use application that probably will meet the needs of most people who want to record audio, do some basic editing, and add special effects to it. Please contact me if you have any questions about it.