Webmasters often need other “tool” in their online arsenal to make their sites and overall online efforts profitable. So in addition to our usual webhosting related reviews for major hosting companies like Interserver we will include a few articles about tool and software we think can help the average webmaster to be more successful. In this post we will talk a bout audio editing software and we hope you find it useful and helpful.
The best audio editing software should have a wealth of features, tools, filters, and effects to choose from. These include the ability to convert music, create, record, and even burn your own CDs. Some of the best audio editing software are also extremely easy to use, sporting a user-friendly interface, which will allow you to dive right into begging your audio editing projects.
In the above list we found that MAGIX Music Maker and AVS Audio Editor had the best overall features, editing tools, filters, and effects; thus they are the best audio editing software in our top list. MAGIX Music Maker had, by far, the most tools and effects but AVS Audio Editor was the best value.
Below is a list of features/tools that is used to determine the rating each audio editing application receives.
The best audio editing software should have an almost overwhelming set of editing tools that come with it. Typical, standard editing tools include a must have format converter (if your audio editing software does not have this feature then consider dumping them), a mixer, an equalizer, an effect previewer, and the ability to burn CDs.
Some of the more advanced editing tools that only the best audio editing software come with include, the ability to edit multiple tracks, a frequency tuner and a track splitter, and the ability to batch process audio files.
There is a small list of filters that are great to have when editing your audio projects. Most of the best audio editing software on our list comes with just about every one of the filters available. Filters include: High and low pass, high and low shelf pass, band pass, silence reduction, noise reduction, band stop, notch, pop, and smoother.
Like filters, a majority of the audio editing software on our best audio editing software list come with most effects to accompany them. Some audio effects include, noise, normalize, invert, re sample, pitch, silence, stretch, fade in/out, and harmonize.
The best software should come with plenty of audio formats it supports and should be able to capture audio from a variety of sources. Some popular audio formats that should be supported include: MP3, MP4, WAV, FLAC, MIDI, WMA, and AIFF to name a few. As for capturing, the more advanced audio editing software should be able to capture audio from sources such as sound cards, video files, streaming audio (audio from the internet), and CDs.
Most audio editing software is rather simple to use. Half of the ones on our list sport an interface similar to Microsoft Word, making them extremely user-friendly, the other applications may be alien to those who use them, but for the most part they are rather easy to get a handle on. All of the above software have drag and drop interfaces, allowing you to apply effects and filters easily. To avoid mistakes, they all also have undo/redo buttons (again similar to Microsoft Word) and many allow you to batch process audio files, saving you time and making your audio editing much easier. In addition, MAGIX Music Maker has an extremely useful, built-in help guide that is great for those who are new to audio editing.
Help and Support
For those who are new to audio editing, you will more than likely need to use a few help and support options when starting out. The best audio editing software should come with plenty of help and support options, these include FAQ sections, a knowledge base, user guides, forums, and possibly email or phone to contact support directly. And as already mentioned above, MAGIX also has a built-in support guide to help you get started (AVS also has one but it did not work when we tried using it).