When comparing Zynewave Podium vs Audacity, the Slant community recommends Audacity for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs? ” Audacity is ranked 12th while Zynewave Podium 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).
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Most DAWs suffer from software bloat, with constant updates adding unnecessary features. Not Podium. This makes it easier to focus on making music.
Pro MIDI editing
The piano roll is excellent.
Pro Excellent navigation
Using the navigator at the top of the screen, Podium users can click and zoom, adjust the edges of the viewed area, or click a programmable button to the left of the navigator that jumps to a selected view.
Pro Works with advanced mice
Mice with 4-way scroll wheels are compatible with Podium.
Pro Embedded editor
Zynewave plugins use custom editors that are built in to the inspector's rack panel, allowing users to adjust settings without having to open a new window.
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
Con non-free software
Con No VST3
No VST3 support.
Con Low compatibility
Podium is for Windows only.
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.