6 Tools for Editing and Recording Audio

by on 08/16/2009 in Music, Software

If you have a large collection of music, you might have thought of editing the sound track for yourself by adding or removing part of it. There are many audio editing tools available that allow you to do the same – edit audio files, like you edit text files by cut, copy and paste. Many of these tools also support audio recording, if you are planning to create your own album then you can edit your tracks by yourself.

For multimedia developers these audio tools are a great gift, using these tools will enable you to mix, edit, add effects etc. You can give life to lifeless songs by adding effects, gain back the lost quality by changing frequencies. You can merge multiple tracks into one and create a long track or split a track into multiple tracks.

Here in are six cool Audio tools that supports audio editing and recording so enjoy playing with your audio.

1) Audacity

Audacity is open source software and it’s among the popular free audio editing and recording utilities. Using Audacity, you can record live audio through the microphone, line-in and you can also digitize conventional recordings like cassette tapes, mini discs, etc.

If your sound card supports live audio streaming, then you can even record it as well. Editing audio files using this software is no less than editing them using professional software. You can import and export audio files in most of the commonly known formats like WAV, AU, MP3 and Ogg.

audacity

Editing sound tracks is simple like Cut, Copy and Paste and add or remove effects like echo, phaser, reverb and remove unwanted background noises like hiss, hum, etc., from the tracks.

2) MP3 Audio Editor

This is another popular audio editing and recording tool available for free. Using this software you can convert any music into CD quality music and you can also add effects, trim and process the sound track as you desire. It supports various file formats like WAV. MP3, WMA, Ogg, etc., such that you can play, mix and edit the files.

mp3-audio-editor

It supports multiple file editing at a time and you can merge files together using this software. MP3 audio editor features a powerful noise reduction tool that eliminates any background noise. This is very helpful if you are recording a live concert. The user interface is simple and it is easy to use and it features an advance audio CD burner.

3) Power Sound Editor Free

If you are looking for a simple, but powerful audio editing tool then Power Sound Editor is your answer. Using this software, you can record audio using the microphone and any other sound that your sound card supports. Editing is so simple you can visually edit the sound track and see the changes as you edit on the screen.

power-sound-editor

You can add any number of effects to the track like amplify, fade, Invert, Echo, etc., and it supports most of the major audio file formats. You can also use this software to convert files from one format to another without losing any quality. This software allows you to rip and burn audio CDs to various formats. The user interface is so simple that even a new user can start editing in minutes and it is completely free.

4) Wavosaur

This audio editor features some of the advance features and it is completely free to use. It has all the general features like cut, copy, paste and delete and allows you to work on multiple files at a time. Advanced features in this software include; bit-depth convert, vocal removal, produces music loops and batch processing.

wavosaur

It has support for ASIO, multichannel, recording from mic, sound card and any other sources. It can support many of the major audio file formats and has support for the VST plug-in so that you can listen to the changed effect in real time.

5) Traverso DAW

Traverso DAW is simple, but powerful when it comes to common audio editing and recording features. It has limited features, but the included features will work as you would expect.

traverso

It has got a clean and simple user interface that allows you to start editing in minutes. You can edit and save files in the file format you choose. With the built-in CD burner you can create your own audio CD with just few clicks.

6) WaveSufer

It is a sound visualization and editing tool and is open source software that is available for free. With the simple and logical interface, sound recording and editing is much more easy using this software. This software can be used for research and can be used in the transcription industry to enhance the quality of the sound file.

wavesurfer

It supports common file formats like the WAV, AU, AIFF, MP3 and others. It supports various plugins so that you can add new functionality to this application.

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13 Responses to “6 Tools for Editing and Recording Audio”

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  2. HART (1-800-HART)

    Aug 16th, 2009

    Thanks for the options! I’ve been contemplating on reviving my H-E-N podcasts .. I was using Audacity before, but it never seemed to work right on my Laptop, interfering with either Vista or my Skype built into the Laptop … I’ll have to give some of those others a try over the upcoming months
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    • Frank J

      Aug 16th, 2009

      Hart,

      There a 6 here and I am sure one will do exactly what you need.

  3. CoreyK (Musicgoat.com)

    Aug 16th, 2009

    Good post and these are some great ideas. One of the things I found with Audacity is that there really isn’t a ton of training to go along with it (especially in the music recording domain). Perhaps a excellent follow up to this post would “Which Audio Program Offers the Best Training and Support?” (or whatever)

    I imagine the training and support could come from the developers OR other online sources(YouTube, blogs, ebooks, forums, etc).
    .-= CoreyK (Musicgoat.com)´s last blog ..Music Podcast 037 – Acoustic Americana Triple Double Featuring Chris Knight, Willy Porter and Rob Anthony =-.

    • Frank J

      Aug 16th, 2009

      Corey,

      That could be a follow up to this article on support. Thanks for the comment and welcome to TechJaws.

  4. Amazing! I was just looking for the right software for audio editing. Looks like I have plenty to choose from. Thanks Frank. Specifically, I want to be able to take clips from music files without losing the “stereo.” Any suggestions.
    .-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s last blog ..When Lightning Strikes =-.

    • Frank J

      Aug 16th, 2009

      Jonathan,

      All of these will preserve the quality and provide stereo. If you like, try the Audacity.

      • I have Audacity, it has a setting for recording in stereo but I haven’t figured out a way to open an existing stereo file and edit it. Of course, it could easily be a case of user ignorance.
        .-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s last blog ..When Lightning Strikes =-.

  5. Ching Ya

    Aug 16th, 2009

    I’ve tried Audacity for my first podcast and it was pretty easy to use and configured. It’s still great to know there are other options as well. Just an alternative in case Audacity didn’t work out. ^^ Always glad to have back ups.

    Thank you for the list.

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    • Frank J

      Aug 17th, 2009

      Ching,

      You can never have enough backup. :)

  6. Susie

    Aug 17th, 2009

    I am with Ching Ya, I do like audacity too., it’s pretty easy to do basic things. I tried one by Sony along time ago, when I worked at the weird creepy freaky place, and it was way over my head!
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    • Frank J

      Aug 17th, 2009

      Susie,

      I am also a fan of Audacity as it’s easy to use and does everything I need.

  7. Teasastips

    Aug 20th, 2009

    I agree with everyone here that uses Audacity…when I worked at a radio station in Detroit, I used Audacity at home because as one DJ told me, it mimics the real audio recording software that is used at radio stations.
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