When comparing Audacity vs SoundBridge (previously Lumit), the Slant community recommends Audacity for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs? ” Audacity is ranked 13th while SoundBridge (previously Lumit) is ranked 36th. The most important reason people chose Audacity is:
Audacity is available for free on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux with source code available [here](http://audacityteam.org/download/source).
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Free, open source and cross-platform
Audacity is available for free on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux with source code available here.
Pro Well maintained
Audacity is constantly updated.
Pro Great community backing it
Pro Great for vocal track editing
Pro Very quick and easy to learn
You can get a good understanding of this DAW in a few hours (faster if used tutorials).
Pro Free to use
A powerful, full-featured DAW that is free.
Pro Surface compatible
All functionality is accessible on the Microsoft Surface.
Pro Clutter-free interface
Little chance of getting lost or clicking the wrong button.
Incredibly responsive and quick.
Con Not seen as a full DAW
Audacity doesn't have the capabilities of popular DAWs and generally isn't considered to be good option.
Con No real time effects
Users are unable to change effects in real time with Audacity. If effects are to be changed, no sound can be playing or recording.
Con Doesn't retain audio integrity
Audacity uses destructive editing, meaning applying effects, cutting, etc is non-reversable after you've saved a project.
Con Unable to use Synthesizers / virtual instruments
You can only use effect plugins or record live with this DAW.
Con No plugin bridging
You need to install the right version of the DAW (32 or 64 bit) depending on what plugins you use.
Con No typing keyboard to piano
You need to use a MIDI keyboard or manually press notes with the mouse.
Con Copy protection still gives error
Con No instruments
Comes with audio FX but no instruments.