Free Digital Audio / Sound Editors

Free software that allow you to edit, record, add sound effects to digital sound / audio files

Free Digital Audio Editors, Free Digital Sound Editors

This page lists free software that allow you to edit digital audio files like WAV files, MP3 files, and so on. Some of them also allow you to record sound either from a microphone, from streaming media (such as RealAudio), from your DVD or VCD, from vinyl records, cassette tapes, minidiscs, or from other source. You can usually add sound effects, split, resize, fade, crossfade, pitch shaft, mix, copy and paste sound segments, etc.

Commercial music production software, like the MAGIX Music Maker are not listed below. The paid software tend to have many more features than their free cousins, such as coming with a large number of predefined sounds and effects, having instruments with realistic sound (guitar, drums, e-piano, power chords, e-bass), a MIDI editor, atmospheric and background noises (if you need such a thing), etc, besides the usual ability to record, create, remix, add effects, and edit digital sound. (Another commercial software commonly mentioned is Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio.)

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Free software that allow you to edit, record, add sound effects to digital sound / audio files

Ocenaudio (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) New

Ocenaudio is an audio editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It features multi-selection, waveform and spectogram views of your audio files, real-time preview of effects you add to your clip, support for VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plugins, etc.

Audacity (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)

Audacity is a digital sound editor and recording software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You can record audio from the microphone, line input or other sources, dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings, convert media from one format to another (such as from cassette tape or vinyl records to digital recording files or CDs), import and export from WAV, AIFF, AU, Ogg Vorbis, MP2, MP3, etc, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and WAV sound files, cut, copy, splice and mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording, remove static, hiss, hum or other constant background noise, alter frequencies with equalization, FFT Filter, Bass Boost effects, adjust volumes, add effects such as echo, phaser, reverse, and so on.

mp3DirectCut (Windows)

The problem with editing MP3 files with some sound editors is that they usually decompress the file before allowing you to change it, and then recompress it again when you are through. While this is necessary if you are performing complex changes, sometimes you just want to split a file into small pieces, or cut/snip some small portion away from it, and this decompression/recompression business results in a lower quality file. MP3DirectCut lets you perform simple operations on MP3 file without the loss that accompanies decompressing/recompressing an MP3 file. The program lets you nondestructively cut, paste, copy, trim, crop, split your audio or music files, change the volume, normalise it, fade, and even record direct to MP3. Note that this Windows program can also work under Linux if you use Wine.

Wavosaur (Windows)

Wavosaur is a free audio editor with VST and ASIO support. It can record, process and edit sound, WAV and MP3 files. Features include the usual cut, copy, paste, paste mix, paste replace/insert, trim, crop, delete, undo, zoom in/out, music loops, batch conversion, support for VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing, conversion between mono and stereo sound (both ways), pitch shift, bit-depth conversion, vocal removal, DC offset removal, a silence remover, crossfade loop, slicing, auto-slice, etc.

DarkWave Studio (Windows)

[WARNING: at the time I write this, the installer for this program is ad-supported, and will offer to install other (possibly unrelated) programs on your system. Be sure you read what is offered instead of blindly clicking "Next".] DarkWave Studio is a tool for composition, synthesis and recording of digital music. It features a sequence editor, multitrack hard disk recorder, a virtual studio where you can "wire music together as if you were using real hardware", a pattern editor that lets you create and modify musical notes using a piano roll interface, VST plugin support, ASIO audio driver support, support (via plugins) for MIDI input, 8 track stereo mixer, synthesis of drum beats, reverb effects, echo effects, etc. This is a Windows program.

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