Best Audio Editing Software

Audio editing software allows users to edit and generate audio files. These tools are used by audio editors and engineers to mix or delete audio sections, edit and rearrange audio regions, and record and generate new audio components. Audio editing programs may also offer effects for manipulating the sound of audio files in a variety of ways. Audio editing software generally complies with a variety of file types including MP3s, WAVE, Windows Media, and MPEG-4. Audio editing software is commonly used by audio engineers and music producers (i.e. mixers, editors, sound designers) for use in music, films, and television shows, often in conjunction with video editing software and the video production team. For musicians who are audio editing beginners, there are also many free music making software solutions for audio editing.

To qualify for inclusion in the Audio Editing category, a product must:

  • Allow users to upload and/or record audio files
  • Provide tools for clipping, arranging, and manipulating audio
  • Save and export completed files in one or more file types

Audio Editing Software Grid® Overview

The best Audio Editing Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Audacity, Audition, Logic Pro X, GarageBand, and Ableton Live
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders High Performers include: FL Studio and Pro Tools
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Sound Forge
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Reaper, Reason, Studio One, and GoldWave
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    GarageBand is Apple's preinstalled OS X music creation tool.

    Logic Pro X is Apple's professional-grade audio editing software.

    Adobe Audition and audio editing software and is one part of Adobe's Creative Suite of software products.

    Free and open-source audio editor

    Ableton makes Live, Push & Link software and hardware for writing, recording and performing music.

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    FL Studio 12 is a complete software music production environment or Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Representing more than 18 years of innovative developments it has everything you need in one package to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music. FL Studio is now one of the world’s most popular DAWs and is used by the most creative artists.

    GoldWave is a highly rated, professional digital audio editor.

    The recording software with everything you need to create amazing music.

    Digital audio & video software for professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts.

    Music is our life, PreSonus is our day job.

    REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and OS X, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset.

    mp3DirectCut is a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3.

    Manipulate audio with a simple and easy high level interface

    Power Sound Editor Free is a visual audio editing and recording software solution, which supports many advanced and powerful operations with audio data.

    Digital audio & video software for professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts.

    WavePad - Audio editor is a full-featured professional audio and music editing software for Windows and Mac. Wavepad has a highly intuitive interface which ensures anyone can use it with ease. It lets you record and edit music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio files, you can cut, copy and paste parts of recordings, and then add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. WavePad works as a wav or mp3 editor, but it also supports a number of other file formats including vox, gsm, wma, real audio, au, aif, flac, ogg, and more.

    Ardour is an open source, collaborative effort of a worldwide team including musicians, programmers, and professional recording engineers.

    Apply various effects and filters. Record audio from various inputs. Save files to all key audio formats.

    Turn your musical ideas into reality.

    Levelator is a software that runs on Windows, OS X (universal binary), or Linux (Ubuntu) that adjusts the audio levels within podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next.

    LMMS is a free, cross-platform tool for your computer.

    The Absentia DX algorithm analyzes production dialog recordings and then removes obvious hums, wireless rings, and ticks, while maintaining the integrity of the human voice. ABDX was developed for a network television show with difficult production sound that resulted in substantial repetitive manual labor. Simply drag and drop volumes, folders, or sound files directly onto the application or the settings window and files will begin processing. An Absentia DX progress window will appear, with the number of sound files queued, and a status bar of the files being simultaneously processed. ABDX sound files’ metadata and Sound File ID are identical to the original files except for the noises that have been removed. With identical metadata you can swap the original files with ABDX files or vice versa. Key Features and Benefits of Absentia DX • Automated • Simple, no expertise required • Batch drag and drop files or folders for processing • Transparent, the human voice retains its natural integrity • ABDX files are interchangeable with the original recordings • All Metadata is maintained • Hum removal is incredible • No artifacts • Price $49 per single seat license System Requirements: Apple OSX 10.8 and above | Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and Server For more information please visit: Demo Video

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    MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab is optimized specifically for digitizing vinyl records and restoring audio recordings.

    All the production tools you’ll ever need to create, download, rip and edit audio in advance or on the fly.

    Professional Audio Restoration Tools

    ocenaudio is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor.

    Record, mix and share music together with millions of Soundation users

    With Soundtrap you make music or any type of audio recording online. You can plug in your own instrument, use the software instruments available in Soundtrap or just record a song directly with your computer microphone.

    Wavosaur is a cool free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files.

    Audioburst API is a audio library platform allows users to add on-demand audio content to their applications.

    Open-source audio synthesis, processing, & analysis platform.

    Start making music in the cloud. Audiotool is a powerful online music production studio right in your browser.

    The redesigned Layers Panel in SpectraLayers Pro 3 reflects the extent to which this application has been upgraded to provide significantly improved editing and workflow options.

    Unveil is a real-time, de-mixing based plug-in that allows attenuating or boosting reverb components within a mixed signal of any channel count, including mono sources, as well as modifying reverb characteristics.

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