Audacity, the free, open-source audio editor for Windows, Mac and Linux, has just been upgraded to v3.0.
The new version introduces a new single-file project format, has an improved noise gate effect, a new analyser called “Label Sounds” that can label sounds and silences, new shortcuts, and over 160 bug fixes.
It still has the same old low-res look, but these are meaningful changes, and so if you are an Audacity user (as most DJs are, of course), it is a no-brainer upgrade.
What is Audacity for?
In short, it lets you load, edit and save audio files. For DJs, it can be used for a whole host of things, from removing silence at the start and end of tracks, to mastering DJ mixes, to making simple re-edits.
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Indeed, it is one of two options we use to teach how to record, master and share DJ mixes in our popular Pro Mixtape Formula course (the other is Ableton Live).
Think of it as a “Swiss Army Knife” program for audio editing. It’s free, and so if you don’t have an audio editor, this probably is the one to start with.
• To get the latest version of Audacity, head to the Audacity website.