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Editing audio files has never really been something I’ve needed to do, and so I never went looking at what good free audio editors are out there. One of my friends brought up Free Audio Editor 2010, and after checking it out I was rather taken back at how full-featured it was… well, to me it seems full featured.

The app breaks audio files down just like you’d expect them to, and gives you all the tools to edit and apply effects to every second if you wanted. One of the more interesting (and intelligent) aspects is the YouTube video grabber. This can not only download a YouTube video, but it can convert it to one of multiple audio formats that you can then edit.

Here’s a brief overview of what Free Audio Editor is capable of:

  • Powerful audio recording feature
  • Edit audio files visually
  • Apply various effects easily
  • Powerful noise reduction tool
  • Easy to use interface will get you started editing in just minutes
  • Real-time effect preview is supported
  • Easy to use bookmark and region manager
  • Supports a number of file formats including wav (multiple codecs), mp3, wma, ogg and many more.
  • Burn your sound files to CD
  • Tools include speech synthesis (text-to-speech)

This is a great example of what I (a non-audiophile) would expect from an app of this nature. The Office-style ribbon makes it easy to find and use the most important features, and my overall experience was really good. Keep this tool in mind the next time you need an audio editor on Windows.

Free Audio Editor 2010 Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)

There Are 6 Comments

  1. This piece of software sure has a lot of features, but it doesn’t handle multiple audio tracks. This is crucial if you’re recording music, podcasts or anything else that uses more than one sound file at a time.

    Also, the free version cannot export to MP3 but fortunately there’s an app for that. ;)

    • True. Hopefully multiple audio tracks and the mp3 support is something that will come in a future release. I guess this version is free though.

  2. If you want multi-track, try Audacity. It works great and exports to MP3 (who would want their audio quality lowered though?). It may not have all these features, but it’s solid.

  3. Audacity does not handle multiple tracks; though it can have multiple files open at once. It does do MP3 without issue though.

    However I discovered a new multitrack hard disk recorder, virtual music studio called Darkwave Studio found at [experimentalscene.com] It is free and appears to be an excellent new application. It works on both x86 and x64 Windows platforms natively.

  4. Why can I not edit? Cut/ Copy and paste audio?

  5. The Get from YouTube function doesn’t work. It says it failed to download the video and I turned off the firewall to see if that was the problem.

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