Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Free, cross platform Sound Editor …

 
Need to Mix a track for a school/University Cultural Program?
Edit your voice so that no one can find out?
Ever tried of Recording/Editing audio on a computer?
Can’t afford costly/paid software like SONY Sound forge or Adobe Sound Booth or Audition?
Don’t have an alternate option other than cracking the trial software?
What happens if you were caught by those professional companies?
Don’t worry! If you have in mind the same questions as we do, you are at the right place to check out the best alternative and even a competitive product to Adobe and Sony audio suite of software’s.
Software Name: Audacity 
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App file size: 11.3MB
Type: Freeware under the terms of the GNU GPL
Platform available: No worried even if you are not a Windows user.
Audacity is available for all the platforms
1) Windows  2) Mac OS X  3) Linux/Unix
Now let me Introduce the software
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • And much more …
Features:
Recording
Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, vinyl records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, it can also capture streaming audio.
  • Record from microphone, line input, or other sources.
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings.
  • Record up to 16 channels at once (requires multi-channel hardware).
  • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording.
Import and Export
Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in several common file formats.
  • Import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, and Ogg Vorbis files.
  • Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) with libmad.
  • Export MP3s with the optional LAME encoder library.
  • Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to CD.
  • Import and export all file formats supported by libsndfile.
  • Open raw (headerless) audio files using the “Import Raw” command.
  • Note: Audacity does not currently support WMA, AAC, or most other proprietary or restricted file formats.
Editing
  • Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete.
  • Use unlimited Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps.
  • Very fast editing of large files.
  • Edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks.
  • Use the Drawing tool to alter individual sample points.
  • Fade the volume up or down smoothly with the Envelope tool.
Effects
  • Change the pitch without altering the tempo, or vice-versa.
  • Remove static, hiss, hum, or other constant background noises.
  • Alter frequencies with Equalization, FFT Filter, and Bass Boost effects.
  • Adjust volumes with Compressor, Amplify, and Normalize effects.
  • Other built-in effects include:

    • Echo
    • Phaser
    • Wahwah
    • Reverse
Sound Quality
  • Record and edit 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit (floating point) samples.
  • Record at up to 96 kHz.
  • Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering.
  • Mix tracks with different sample rates or formats, and Audacity will convert them automatically in realtime.
Plug-Ins
  • Add new effects with LADSPA plug-ins.
  • Audacity includes some sample plug-ins by Steve Harris.
  • Load VST plug-ins for Windows and Mac, with the optional VST Enabler.
  • Write new effects with the built-in Nyquist programming language.
Analysis
  • Spectrogram mode for visualizing frequencies.
  • “Plot Spectrum” command for detailed frequency analysis.
Free and Cross-Platform
Screenshots
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Figure 1: Audacity Running on Windows
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Figure 2: Audacity Running on Mac OS X
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Figure 3: Audacity Running on Linux/Unix

You can easily add effects to your audio files, edit, cut, mix and what not you can show off the craziness in you like a professional!
All you have to do is just import the number of tracks you wanted to work with or even record your very own voice and that’s it, the easy Interface gives you options everything to handle from.
I promise friends, once you are used to this software you feel very easy in managing and handling sound files than with the high end software's.
You can download the latest version of this software from the link provided “Audacity
Audacity even welcomes Donations and Sponsorships.
You can get more information on their website: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
HaPpy  Audio EdItInG Winking smile!

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