When comparing Audacity vs Sequel 3, the Slant community recommends Audacity for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs? ” Audacity is ranked 13th while Sequel 3 is ranked 20th. 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 Designed to be easy to learn
Sequel 3 was made by the folks behind Cubase, and it is meant to be lighter and easier to learn. This program's focus on loops and computer generated drum patterns makes the process easier for people with no music knowledge.
Pro Dedicated beat page
There is a page exclusively meant for generating drum patterns.
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.
Con 32-bit only
While Sequel 3 supports VST3, it oddly (imo) doesn't have a 64-bit installer, meaning you can't load any 64-bit VST3s either. Not sure how it was even possible for that to have ever happened.