It is good to know that there are more and more free options out there for people who are seeking high quality audio recording and editing software.
No matter what you are doing, whether you are recording music of your own, making a seamless mixtape for a friend or putting together a multimedia presentation, these free and powerful open source programs can definitely come in handy. Let’s have a look at the seven best ones.
Of course, Audacity needs no introduction to people who deal with audio editing and recording. It is by far the most popular multi-platform freeware of its kind. It has an incredibly clean interface and a large amount of great features that help you to not only record and edit your audio easily, but also enhance it to get exactly what you are looking for out of your recording.
This audio editor works for both Windows and Linux users. Even though many use it for podcasts and recording audio from their computers, Jokosher is geared more towards musicians looking for a free audio editing tool. It supports a variety of audio formats, including OGG, MP3, FLAC and WAV.
Ardour is only for Mac and Linux users. Even though it’s a free program, it has the option of donating, and if you take it for free as a Mac user, you will get the demo version. However, Linux users get the free version no matter what, but they do not receive customer support in that case. It is a very in-depth workstation with many essential features for serious audio engineers.
Though RecordForAll is mostly know as a great tool for recording and editing your favorite podcasts, it can be used in many other ways. You can record streaming audio from the Internet using this tool, but you can also record and edit your own clips with the help of an external microphone. There are even some nifty audio effects included in the free version, which is made for Windows users. The free version will give you watermarked audio files, but you can upgrade to the paid version to get rid of them if you enjoy using the freeware.
5. Traverso DAW
Traverso DAW is one of the more serious tools on the list, and you can use it to record and edit multi-track projects and layers – even full bands if you want to. It includes real-time audio processing, non-destructive editing and a very fast and well-designed interface. It is one of the more complex ones, but it comes with a very comprehensive user manual that will help get you started. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux users.
Wavosaur is the freeware that is most similar in look and feel to Audacity. It is easy to use and requires no installation. If you are looking for a quick and portable tool for editing and recording sound as an alternative to Audacity, this is the one to check out.
Even though it is one of the most popular audio editors and records for Linux, the Linux MultiMedia Studio is also available in a version that is made for Windows users. It is a recorded and editor, but it can also be used as a workstation like Sound Forge and Fruity Loops for people who are putting together their own sounds. It’s a good tool for DJs who want to put together beats, sounds and melodies on the go.