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Posted Aug 22, 2012 15:25 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (guest, #15091)
In reply to: Author's reply by StudioDave
Parent article: The Linux digital audio workstation - Part 2

Audacity is great, but it can only do destructive editing: once a filter is applied the original sample is lost (unless the operation is undone). This limitation is not important for trivial projects, but it is felt more and more as the mix becomes more complex. Some years ago I did a project with Audacity, and at the end I was regretting that I had not used something like Ardour, which applies filters in real time. There is a space for each kind of editor; be sure to pick the right one!

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Posted Aug 23, 2012 13:47 UTC (Thu) by StudioDave (guest, #84346) [Link]


Very good point re: destructive editing. If a user thinks he will be working with numerous edits and added effects he may well prefer one of the DAWs presented here to avoid the problems you encountered. Audacity is a powerful soundfile editor, no doubt, but it may not always be a recommendable substitute for a full-featured DAW. As you wrote, there's a place for each kind of program. Choose carefully. Or as the rastas have it, "Measure twice, cut once." :)



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