Whether we have that killer recorded presentation we need to pare down to a succinct and to-the-point minute-long sound-bite, or whether we have more ambitious goals like creating music and voiceover tracks for training videos, website material, and other content, Windows plays host to numerous audio editors that truly get the job done. Out of all of the ones, we have tried up to this point, here is a few editing software in Windows.
- Audacity 2.0.2
When it comes to the open source realm, we simply can’t go wrong with “Audacity”. In development since 2000, this software is surprisingly powerful and robust, yet doesn’t cost a measly dime to use and operate. The special effects and filters library is fairly decent, if not dicey at times from a quality perspective. The cross-platform capability with Mac OS X and Linux environments doesn’t hurt either, so we can share our applications project bundles with almost anyone.
- Sony Sound Forge 10 Pro
If we are looking for something more professional and upscale, Sony’s got our back with their professional lineup of tools. “Sound Forge 10 Pro” is quite the premier package, giving us not only excellent effects and crisp edits, but support for incredibly high sample-rate audio (for example, 192 KHz), VST plugins, and Dolby AC3 export capability.
- Adobe Audition CS6
Another high-end product worth mentioning is “Audition CS6” from “Adobe”. We use this software extensively in some of the multimedia classes and, despite the rather gray and bland looking interface, it was easy to get around in and the tie into the rest of the “Creative Suite” was a huge bonus for data interoperability.
- NCH Wave Pad
“NCH” has carved their own niche in the A/V world, with various tools ranging from video and audio editors to active security surveillance software. “Wave Pad” is another excellent hit, offering a small package which offers capable audio manipulation and a cleanly designed UI. The only major difference between the two is the fact that the Master Edition can use VST plugins while the Standard Edition cannot.
It is another audio editor that really caught our attention was “Wavosaur”. Not only is this tool free as in beer, but the software is extremely lightweight, clocking in less than 1 MB.
And, despite its virtual floppy disk sized dimensions, Wavosaur is still massively feature-packed for what it is, even including detailed file-level analysis of audio and support for VST and ASIO plugins, which is quite impressive, to say the least.
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