Some alternatives to Audacity for audio editing

Some alternatives to Audacity
Yesterday we commented the new Audacity privacy policies, the best known audio file editing tool in the free software world. Today we are going to list some alternatives that do not include any type of data tracking.

A clarification must be made. There is just now an official binary for Linux (In AppImage format) Both FlatPak and Snap packages as well as those installed with native package managers are created from source code. And the telemetry option is most likely not included in the build.
And, anyway, talk of a fork is already beginning.

Some alternatives to Audacity


From my lack of knowledge about professional audio editing software, Ardor seems much more complete than Audacity. It is the result of the collaborative work of musicians, sound engineers and programmers. You can work with audio and MIDI files, both stored on the hard disk and in real time.

It has multitrack support and plugins in AudioUnit, LV2, LinuxVST and LADSPA formats.

In addition to being able to record and edit audio files, it allows you to work with video tracks by combining them with different audio files.

Ardor is in the repositories of the main Linux distributions and has versions for Windows, Mac and Flatpak.


Qtractor is an Audio / MIDI multitrack sequencer application Written in C ++ with the Qt framework, the heavy lifting is covered by the Jack Audio Connection Kit for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI.

The program includes several predefined options for working with audio files.

qtractor it's in the repositories for Linux only. The source code can also be downloaded.


kwave is a sound editor built on KDE Frameworks 5

Its functions include record, play, import and edit many types of audio files, including multichannel files.

Kwave includes some plugins to transform audio files in various ways and presents a graphical view with full zoom and pan capability.

It is available in the repositories and in Snap format

Other options

Let's now look at some alternatives to Audacity that partially replace it.


Mixxx integrates the tools DJs need for creative mixing live with digital music files. Other features include a master sync tool to match the tempo and bars of four songs for a perfect mix.

In addition, multiple effects can be incorporated.

It is available in the repositories of the main distributions, also in versions for Windows and Mac. It is also available in Flatpak format.

caster soundboard

Tool to reproduce sound effects in real time. Available only for Linux in Snap, Source, Deb, and RPM format. Also for Mac.
It can be controlled from a mobile device using an app.


Es a graphical interface optimized for the KDE desktop that works with various audio conversion tools. It has support for add-ons and among its features are:

  • Conversion between audio formats.
  • Ripping cd including multitrack in a single file.
  • Writing and reading labels.
  • Encoding in ogg, mp3, mp2, m4a, aac, mpc, flac, ape, ra, ac3, au, shn, tta, bonk, ofr, ofs, wv, la, pac, spx, wav WPL formats
  • Decoding in ogg, mp3, mp2, m4a / mp4, aac, 3gp, mpc / mp +, flac, ape, wma, asf / asx, ra, rv, rm, avi, mpeg, wmv, qt / mov, flv, ac3 formats , au / snd, shn, tta, bonk, ofr, ofs, wv, la, pac, spx, mid, it, wav WPL

You can find it in the repositories of the different Linux distributions.


mhWaveEdit is a software to play, edit and record sound files. Besides .wav files it works with some other formats. It can edit both large and small files, and has support for 8/16/24/32 bit signed and unsigned sample formats.

It is available in the repositories of the different distributions.

Gtk Wave Cleaner

This application ideal if you want to clean up noisy audio files. Its use is intended to play vinyl records in digital format. It is available in the repositories.


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  1.   Sebastián said

    I recommend Ocenaudio (, I've been using it for a long time and it's great. Audacity never worked stable for me, and the truth is visually uncomfortable for me.

  2.   emerson said

    the post is bad
    Ardor has a much higher learning curve than audacity and is designed for other things
    Ocean audio is an alternative, (if you don't use Pipewire)
    but the truth, easy. clean, comfortable like Audacity for common post tasks, there is no
    Perhaps the best alternative is Reaper