If you’re doing acoustic analysis then Praat appears to be the go-to programme. It’s free and can be used on any platform. It is relatively easy to master the basics of Praat, which means you can be analysing your data acoustically in next to no time (not always a good thing). However, its range of functions (in particular the use of scripts) means it is versatile enough to perform some fairly sophisticated and automatic analyses.

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(Boersma, Paul & Weenink, David (2013). Praat: doing phonetics by computer [Computer program]. Version 5.3.47, retrieved 23 April 2013 from www.praat.org)