I've mostly used VLC, however I'd like to explore audio manipulation at a more in-depth level (for added effect to animations).

I've been poking around Audacity, but I don't want to invest time in an application to use with Blender, if it isn't the best one to use with Blender.


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    May 11, 2016 at 22:02
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    – 360ueck
    May 12, 2016 at 6:06

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There's Ardour.

It's not much of an "audio manipulation" software it's a whole "Digital Audio Workstation". I've used it for sometime before.

It's open source. It's available for Linux and Mac. It needs you to have "Jack" installed to run.

You can mix tracks. You can apply effects on tracks. You can record. You can add synthesizers. It's definitely full of features but may require some time to learn to start moving around.

  • Thanks, would you recommend Ardour over Audacity?
    – 360ueck
    May 12, 2016 at 6:08
  • Well like we said, they're different. Audacity's more of an audio manipulation tool but Ardour's a DAW. Audacity's great too & I use it also. See what suits your needs :)
    – 842Mono
    May 12, 2016 at 10:01
  • Ok, I didnt get you were saying Audacity's an AMT from your answer but thanks.
    – 360ueck
    May 13, 2016 at 15:02

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