Audacity Alternatives: Free and Affordable Audio Programs

As already shown in May, the Muse Group has the free audio editor Audacity accepted. Users of the audio app for Windows, macOS and Linux should look forward to a more modern interface and additional functions. But currently there is more of a debate about the new terms and conditions. Tracking, data sharing and even the designation of Audacity as spyware are making the rounds. So if you want to look around for an Audacity alternative for the Apple Mac, Windows PC or Linux machine, then you've come to the right place. Here you can find details about Ocenaudio, REAPER and Ardor.

Ocenaudio - Simple audio editor as an Audacity alternative

Of the three Audacity alternatives, Ocenaudio is probably the simplest. But that doesn't mean that the app can't help you extensively with your audio projects. Audio settings in the EQ or other adjustments can be followed via a real-time preview while you apply them. In addition, you can select, edit, cut and otherwise edit several areas of an audio track at the same time so that you do not have to repeat the same steps multiple times. Ocenaudio is also designed for large files that can be edited in a resource-saving manner. 

Further details and the free download for macOS, Windows and Linux can be found at ocenaudio.com.

Ocenaudio is the simplest Audacity alternative on our list. However, the free app has enough options to implement hobby projects at home.

Ocenaudio is the simplest Audacity alternative on our list. However, the free app has enough options to implement hobby projects at home.

REAPER - Digital audio workstation for larger projects

The REAPER app as an Audacity alternative is therefore more extensive. You can download version 6.31 for free and test it for as long as you want. A $ 60 license can also be purchased as a private individual, NGO or small business owner. Companies pay $ 225 for the license. The more recent version 7.99 is available for this (as of July 7, 2021). The functions and editing options for audio files, individual sound tracks, MIDI content and the like are extremely extensive. You can also download additional functions and add-ons / plugins from the official website. REAPER is therefore worth a look if you want to implement more complex audio projects.

Further details and the free download for macOS, Windows and Linux can be found at reaper.fm.

The REAPER app offers very extensive functions for audio editing and can still be used free of charge. However, if you want to use the latest version, you have to buy a license.

The REAPER app offers very extensive functions for audio editing and can still be used free of charge. However, if you want to use the latest version, you have to buy a license.

Ardor - Modern audio app with interesting pricing

The third Audacity alternative is the Ardor app. This offers options for recording, editing and mixing audio. Whether small hobby recordings at home or large commercial projects in a professional sound studio - Ardor offers the right functions and plugins for all requirements. Of course there is also an EQ, various effects, the option of using audio hardware and numerous digital modules and controls for monitoring, adjusting and outputting audio content. There is a free demo, a subscription model with individual prices (EUR 1 to EUR 50) and a one-time license with update adjustments up to EUR 45 (including small updates) and from EUR 45 (including major upgrades).

Further details and the download for macOS, Windows and Linux can be found at ardour.org. 

Only the demo version of the Ardor app is free. However, there is the option of paying an individual price for the subscription or the individual license. A good Audacity alternative for complex projects!

Only the demo version of the Ardor app is free. However, there is the option of paying an individual price for the subscription or the individual license. A good Audacity alternative for complex projects!

Which Audacity alternative for Mac, PC and Linux do you prefer?

Are you also currently looking for an alternative to Audacity and the new terms and conditions that the Muse Group has published? Do you already use one and can you recommend it to us? Or are you waiting for the new developers to give in so that Audacity can be used more safely in the future? Feel free to leave your thoughts on the topic as well as your recommendations for audio apps as comments!

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5 comments

  1. Martin Schellmoser says:

    I think Fission from Rogue Amoeba is pretty good too.
    And the manufacturer is an old hand when it comes to audio production.
    However, it costs 35 USD. But it's also available in a bundle with Audio Hijack.

    https://rogueamoeba.com/fission/

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Martin! Thanks, good advice. Rogue Amoeba is a great development studio. They have a lot of fine things on offer. : D

  2. peter v. says:

    Ardor put me off because it speaks of obstacles to using internal hardware / software on Apple devices.

  3. Grafzahn says:

    I also have wavepad on the computer. (also costs)
    But I got along better with the text reading in audacity.

    https://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/de/index.html

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