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Free Audio Editor Audacity Has Been Acquired By Muse Group

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The company that already owns the music notation software MuseScore and the Ultimate Guitar community has announced its acquisition of Audacity, the popular free audio editing software.

Muse Group is now the owner of Audacity, but the famous free/libre audio editor will stay free/libre. Audacity is listed as a projects on the company’s website, but the official Audacity website makes no mention of the change.

Ultimate Guitar was founded in 1998 by Eugeny Naidenov. Naidenov acquired MuseScore in 2017 and he will continue on with the company in the role of Muse Group chairman.

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Open Source audio editor Audacity is now part of MuseGroup

  • 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.

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought

  • Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source

    Veteran audio editor Audacity has been purchased by Muse Group, although its new management has pledged to keep the platform free and open source.

    An explanatory video was posted by Martin Keary (aka Tantacrul) at MuseScore, the content of which was confirmed by the Audacity team over the weekend.

    "We're scared and excited," the team behind the decades-old platform squeaked. "We hope you are too."

    Muse Group itself launched last week and the likes of Ultimate Guitar and Tonebridge are among its brands. It also includes MuseClass, still in closed beta, and MuseScore. Keary is head of product for the latter, which was founded back in 2008 and acquired by Ultimate Guitar in 2018.

Muse Takes the Baton on the Audacity Project

  • Muse Takes the Baton on the Audacity Project

    Congratulations to the Audacity development team and Muse Group. In two significant developments, Audacity version 3 was released in March 2021 – its first major update in many years – and Muse Group announced that it has acquired the Audacity project and will take it forward as a free and open source project.

    Audacity is a free and open source digital audio editing and recording application. Started by Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg, it has clocked over 200 million downloads during its lifetime, and has been translated into dozens of languages. Eric Raymond once wrote of Audacity: “The central virtue of this program is that it has a superbly transparent and natural user interface, one that erects as few barriers between the user and the sound file as possible.” High praise, indeed.

Audacity reverses course on plans to add opt-in telemetry

  • Audacity reverses course on plans to add opt-in telemetry after outcry

    What a busy few weeks it has been for the venerable audio editor Audacity.

    At the end of April, it was announced that Muse Group had acquired the editor, with Muse pledging Audacity would remain "forever free and open source".

    "I'm proud of how Audacity has achieved so much success over the years, but there are many features and user interface improvements that I've always wanted Audacity to have, but were difficult to achieve as a small, community-supported project," Audacity co-founder Dominic Mazzoni said at the time.

    Muse Group head of creative software Martin Keary said the contributor community were the "heart and soul of Audacity and our job is to make their lives easier by providing design and development support".

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