An audio editor is a computer program for manipulating digital audio. As a media creator, we usually use an audio editor for our recordings, edit the timeline and duration, mix soundtracks, apply sound effects to enhance the audio, and to convert different audio file formats.
There are many ways to use a digital audio editor, and the Internet is a treasure trove of good and free audio editors to help you with your projects. So before you consider purchasing a license for a commercial audio editor like Adobe Audition, you should check out free applications first before going to the pay deal.
So, without further ado, here’s our list of some of the best digital audio editors available.
This free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio allows users to produce music using their own PC. This includes the ability to create melodies and beats, synthesis and mixing of sounds, and arranging samples. You can have fun with your MIDI keyboard and many more; all in an easy-to-use and modern interface.
DJ Audio Editor is a user-friendly and well-organized audio editor that lets you perform various operations with audio data. You can create and edit audio files professionally. Displaying a waveform image of the audio file will also make your work faster.
Kangas Sound Editor is a fun kangaroo-themed application that allows you to create music and sound effects. It uses a system of frequency ratios for pitch control, rather than the usual music notation and equal temperament. It also lets you create instrumental sounds, both musical and percussion.
This audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application is written in C++, with the Qt4 framework. Its target platform is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI are the main systems to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux desktop audio work station GUI. It’s specifically designed for use on personal home studios.
Ardour is a digital audio editor that you can use to record, edit, and mix multi-track audio. You can produce your own CDs, mix video soundtracks, or just experiment with new ideas on music and sound. Some of its features include multi-channel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited plugins/tracks/busses, time code synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like Mackie Control Universal.
This simple graphical digital audio editor features a user interface that’s based on Qt libraries, while almost all audio functionality is taken directly from ecasound libraries. It’s specially designed for editing large audio files, where processing is done direct-to-disk. Simple waveform caching is used to speed up file operations.
ecawave supports all audio file formats and effect algorithms provided by ecasound libraries, such as ALSA, OSS, JACK, aRts, 20+ file formats, 30+ effect types, LADSPA plugins, and multi-operator effect presets.
Sweep is an audio editor and live playback tool for Linux/GNU, BSD, and other compatible systems. It supports a number of music and voice formats such as AIFF, MP3, Ogg, Vorbis, and WAV; with multi-channel editing and LADSPA effects plugins.
This cross-platform audio editor requires Java 1.4+ and SuperCollider 3. It supports multi-channel and multi-mono files and floating-point encoding. It also has an OSC scripting interface and experimental sonagramme functionality.
Wavesurfer is an open source tool for audio manipulation and visualization. It’s designed to suit both beginner and advanced users. This tool has a simple and logical user interface that provides functionality in an intuitive way which can be adapted to various tasks.
This digital audio editor works by splitting MP3 audio books and podcasts the fast and user-friendly way. The split files can easily be used on mobile MP3 players because of their small size. Their duration allows for smooth navigation through the book. The split points are determined automatically based on silence detection.