This is my third blog in the series of alternative open source/free software. Previously we looked at what was available for images and video. If you’ve ever tried your hand at video editing you’ll know that you actually need to edit your audio separately, so I guess it’s high time we looked at audio.
Audio editing and recording software packages generally offer the ability to record, edit, and export audio, among other features. The software packages listed below offer open source and affordable alternatives to professional packages such as Adobe Audition (Cool Edit Pro), Logic Pro X, and SADiE 6.
Audio recording and editing
Description: Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
Benefits: Audacity is a feature-packed audio recorder and editor. It supports scrubbing, seeking, clipping, and effects. For audio recording and editing, Audacity offers a robust set of user-friendly features (such as cut, copy, paste and delete; multiple clips per track; and level meters during recording) and a user-friendly interface. Audacity can import and export to WAV, AIFF, AU, FLAC, MP3, AC3, M4A, and WMA files.
Platforms: Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and others.
Description: Traverso DAW is an open source digital audio workstation with multitrack audio recording and a comprehensive editing suite.
Benefits: Traverso DAW offers realtime audio processing, superior recording, sample rate conversion, multitrack audio, effects, and non-destructive editing in a user-friendly interface. Platforms: Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Description: Ardour is an open source audio recorder, editor, and mixer.
Benefits: Ardour supports flexible recording and unlimited multichannel tracks, and can import a huge variety of file formats. It offers non-destructive, non-linear editing with unlimited undo/redo; sound tracking support; and detailed mixing tools. Ardour can export to many different data and file formats.
Platforms: Available on Mac and Linux.
Description: Reaper is an affordable but fully functional digital audio workstation.
Benefits: Reaper offers full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering toolset. It supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins.
Platforms: Available on Windows and Mac.
Description: SoundCloud allows users to upload, host, promote, and share their sounds.
Benefits: SoundCloud offers three membership levels, ranging in price from free to €9 per month. Free SoundCloud membership allows up to three hours of uploads and basic statistics. SoundCloud hosted files can be shared and embedded. Users can also create SoundCloud playlists and follow other artists.
Platforms: Available through most modern browsers; an internet connection is required.