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Audio Editing Software for Creating Audio Books

 

Free Audio Editing Software

There are a number of extremely good, free software programs for editing audio.

  • Audacity - my personal audio software editor. Available in PC, Mac and Linux versions. Record from microphone, line input, or other sources. Can dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings and record up to 16 channels at once (with multi-channel hardware). Includes Level meters to monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording. Free download here
  • Wavepad - many claim is easier to use than Audacity. Avaialable for Windows, Mac OS X and Pocket PC. Add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. WavePad supports editing both wav and MP3 files in the free version as well as a number of other file formats including vox, gsm, Real Audio, au, aif, flac, ogg and more in the Masters version. Free version here. $US26.60 to buy Masters version.
  • Levelator - a free program to level volume across multiple speakers

Especially For Mac Users

  • GarageBand - free with your Mac. Use in it’s Podcast mode - super easy multi-channel mixing
  • Wave Editor

 

Commercial Audio Editing Software

  • Sound Forge - published by Sony is very good and easy to use. Soundforge 9 professional version is used for high end digital audio production and includes everything you need to publish audio from raw audio to finished master. Includes CD Architect software. 30 day free trial available.
  • Adobe Audition - high end professional use formerly Cool Edit Pro.

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