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Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:49:28 PM »
I have been using Audacity for a little over a year now.  While it took a bit to get used to, it is a fairly well-rounded program still in its infant stages.  You can blast me for it, but I'm just saying that it is a decent alternative for people with home studios or for people wanting to dabble in music production to use, especially when you cannot afford Pro Tools, etc.

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Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 11:27:50 AM »
Audacity has some decent tools. It's not meant for all out production, but I've used it to chop samples and stuff like that. Some of the DAW's are starting to incorporate audio editors inside them that are superior to standalone editors like Audacity, so I really don't use it anymore. Same reason that I uninstalled Adobe Audition, I can get similar results right in my DAW instead of using both - saves a little time.

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Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2013, 10:48:02 PM »
The thing is anything "decent" you compose you'll ultimately have to re-record anyway if you're serious. Might as well invest in the best of the best from jump street. A DAW makes or breaks the recording. A lot rides on the mic of course, but a program like Audacity just isn't equipped for anything resembling studio quality sound, even with a good mix.

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Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 01:06:47 PM »
The thing is anything "decent" you compose you'll ultimately have to re-record anyway if you're serious. Might as well invest in the best of the best from jump street. A DAW makes or breaks the recording. A lot rides on the mic of course, but a program like Audacity just isn't equipped for anything resembling studio quality sound, even with a good mix.


Yessir, I'd recommend to most people anything paid over free when it comes to DAW's or audio editing software. There's trials / demos of most of the good digital audio workstation software's, so you can always test em out before you pull the trigger and buy one.
   

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Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2013, 06:09:27 AM »
I use audacity to record with and to edit with, I use it to add that deep voice effect to some tracks or just to see what other changes I can make

Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2013, 11:16:10 AM »
Never tried it. The new Logic Pro X is super powerful and also very cheap for a DAW

Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2015, 01:26:30 PM »
I have been using Audacity for a little over a year now.  While it took a bit to get used to, it is a fairly well-rounded program still in its infant stages.  You can blast me for it, but I'm just saying that it is a decent alternative for people with home studios or for people wanting to dabble in music production to use, especially when you cannot afford Pro Tools, etc.
Audacity isn't bad at all for a free program. However, I just cannot seem to get satisfactory results with it. I'm not too familiar with other such audio editing programs but I generally tend to use Cool Edit Pro for most of my audio production. It's certainly not cheap though.

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Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2015, 02:53:53 AM »
Audacity is pretty cool. But I don't recommend it for professional production.

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Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2015, 07:59:07 AM »
Well I'll say this - if you are trying to do production professionally, audacity is not the route to go but it does have enough features, is user friendly and is of course free so it is indeed worth checking out if you are working on music as a hobby and have a tight budget to do so, but otherwise I'd go straight to the big guns and eat whatever loss of profit you need to at first

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Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2015, 11:05:08 AM »
Well I'll say this - if you are trying to do production professionally, audacity is not the route to go but it does have enough features, is user friendly and is of course free so it is indeed worth checking out if you are working on music as a hobby and have a tight budget to do so, but otherwise I'd go straight to the big guns and eat whatever loss of profit you need to at first

Actually the CALF plugins which you can optionally install are pretty legit and have great quality. If your DAW doesn't offer that much options for editing samples for example, Audacity can be used without screwing over quality as the plugins work perfectly.

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Re: Audacity is decent for the home studio on a tight budget.
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2015, 01:04:41 PM »
I think Audacity is good as a learning tool to figure out how into recording you really want to get. Recording isn't just gear but technique and some of those techniques are hard for some people to grasp. Audacity's limited tools make it so you have to learn how to record things fairly dry instead of trying to clean things up with studio tricks. There's value in that. You don't wanna base your studio around it forever, but it's free which is good since it will give you some indication of how recording works and show you how serious you actually wanna get about it. I see no reason to not think of it as a stepping stone towards something better later down the line.

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