Open Source audio editor Audacity is now part of MuseGroup
Audacity is one of the most popular free cross-platform open source audio editors. It can be downloaded and used on Windows, Mac OS and GNU/Linux machines, and is regularly updated and quite accessible.
Audacity, as an open source project, is maintained by a group of contributors. Anyone may download the source code of the program and compile it, or contribute code to the project.
We have followed the development of the audio editor for years, and even published a few tutorials here on this site. Did you know that you may use Audacity to merge Mp3 or Wav files, or to generate and save white noise audio files?
The first mention of Audacity dates back to 2008 when we published a tutorial on creating ringtones using the software and YouTube. Ringtones, at least in the original form, have faded away.
Muse Group was formed last week. It is best known for its open source MuseScore music notations application and for Ultimate Guitar. Ultimate Guitar founder Eugeny Naidenov is the first chairman of Muse Group. Naidenov aquired MuseScore in 2017 and announced the acquisition of Audacity this week in a YouTube video.
Audacity is listed as one of two projects on the company's website, but the official Audacity website makes no mention of the change. There is no press release yet either, and details are a bit murky at the time of writing, the exact terms of the acquisition are not known, for example.
Existing Audacity users may be interested in the project's future. Acquisitions may lead to undesirable changes or even the discontinuation of a program, but this appears not to be the case for Audacity. Naidenov revealed plans in the video to contribute to the project and hire senior developers and designers. More contributors could improve development; light non-destructive UX changes may be part of upcoming releases.
While it is too early to tell where the acquisition will take Audacity, it may take the audio editor to the next level by introducing more developers and a larger community to the project. A look at the group's open source music notation software MuseScore shows how this could pan out in the future.
Audacity, being an open source program, can be forked if the project takes wrong turns along the road.
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