When comparing Audacity vs Presonus Studio One 4 Prime, the Slant community recommends Audacity for most people. In the question“What are the best free DAWs?” Audacity is ranked 7th while Presonus Studio One 4 Prime is ranked 10th. 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 Lots of options
The free version already offers a lot of functionality. Also offers add ons like VST support, additional soundsets, etc.
Pro Free loops and instruments
Lots of tutorials, which will be needed cause the learning curve can be steep.
Pro Powerful professional DAW
Pro Upgrade as you go
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 Unable to use Synthesizers / virtual instruments
You can only use effect plugins or record live with this DAW.
Con Doesn't retain audio integrity
Audacity uses destructive editing, meaning applying effects, cutting, etc is non-reversable after you've saved a project.