Audio editing software is one of the most important tools for podcasters and audio engineers. Audio editing software is versatile and intricate enough for audio engineers to perform audio tasks such as analyze frequencies and alter any inaccuracies found throughout using spectral analysis. It is also simple enough for podcasters or musicians to record audio, make edits and burn or publish recordings. A good audio editor can handle multiple audio editing tasks.
There are many free downloadable applications available, but they offer limited resources. When you purchase audio editing software you get far more effects, filters and editing tools. Full editions of audio editing software are inexpensive and provide more tools, which results in better-quality audio recordings than free audio editors.
Some programs are dedicated to just audio restoration or recording, but the best music editing software can record, edit and restore audio all on the same interface. Three of the best audio editing programs we reviewed are WavePad, Adobe Audition and AVS Audio Editor. You can also visit our learning center for more articles regarding audio editing software.
It's best to find audio editing software that not only has multiple audio editing tools, but also tools to restore old audio files simply and easily. Some programs are highly capable at audio editing, but require complicated processes that are difficult for novice users to grasp. These processes we acknowledged, but did not receive full points. Below are features found in the best audio editing software.
Audio Editing Tools
The best sound editing software includes an interface that is easy to navigate and lets you work on multiple audio projects simultaneously. Software that lets you preview effects before you apply them to your audio saves you time and reduces the risk of applying an effect to your software that you can’t undo. File conversion is important in the audio editing arena. To be the most compatible, the product must be able to work with and convert to many file formats, including the various WAV file types, Windows Media Audio (WMA), AIFF (used by Apple) and MP3 files.
Audio editing software that includes specialty tools such as a vocal eraser/reducer provides more options to what you can do with recorded audio. With a vocal eraser, you can create your own karaoke tracks or instrumental sections to mix together, or create mash-ups of two separate recordings.
Many people use audio editing software for the audio restoration tools alone. Look for software that includes click/pop removal, hiss and hum reduction, and sample removal. Sample removal is a unique tool where you can sample and save the noise you want the software to remove, and your audio editor will automatically remove the noise whenever it occurs.
An audio editor with multiple special effects such as delays, reverbs and distortion presents opportunities to create the exact sounds you want. Amplitude effects such as compressions, limiters and gain make your recordings sound as professional as possible through various gain-stage editing techniques.
The best applications capture audio from files, a computer's sound card and from downloaded CDs, as well as from outside sources such as a line-in from an audio source, MIDI device or microphone. As a bonus, it is also helpful if the product includes burning software so that you can use your CD or DVD burner to save and share your edited files.
Help & Support
This type of software can be tricky for inexperienced audio editors and non-professional mixers to master. Comprehensive help and support should be obtainable through FAQs, direct contact with technical support and user forums. Video tutorials are also crucial when learning to use this type of software.
Purchasing audio editing software gives podcasters, musicians and audio engineers a vast number of tools to accomplish a variety of audio projects. Whether you are restoring old vinyl recordings or recording and editing your podcast, audio editing software has the tools you need to get the job done.