- by Kevin Deal
If you would ask people what the best free sound editing software is, 9 out of 10 might probably say Audacity. Audacity is one of the most popular sound editors on the web because it is easy to use and it produces some of the best recordings. It works in all operating systems including Windows, Linux, and Mac. However, it works best on Mac OS X operating systems. The best thing about Audacity is that it is free to use. Anyone can download it and anyone can use it as much as they want. Now, let’s get to the good part–the features. Let’s discuss some of the things that you can do with this awesome sound editor.
Record Sounds Live
First of all, you can record sounds in real time on your computer. If you are a singer or vocalist who doesn’t have a recording studio, no problem! You can use Audacity as your own recording studio. Audacity allows you to record your voice while also blocking off the noisy sounds that can be heard from the background. With this software, it’s like having a complete recording studio right in your desktop or your laptop. As long as you have Audacity, you can become the next Eminem or Adele if you have the voice for the job.
Edit Any Kind of Sound
If you have an audio file that contains a song you made or an existing recording, you can edit it with Audacity. You can change the pitch, change the tempo, or even increase the volume of the sounds. If you are editing a song, you can increase the bass and lessen the treble or vice versa. You may even add effects to make the song sound better. If you are a DJ, you can mix songs with techno effects to give it a more “futuristic” feel. You can also use this software to add the auto tune effect to the vocals of the singer. Basically, you can do anything you want with the audio using the features and functions that Audacity provides.
Crop, Replace, and Mix Sounds
With this software, you can play around with many different audio files to make one awesome recording. You can actually make your own song with this little software! First, you record the instrumental part of your song and place it in the software. After that, you record the vocals in accordance with the instrumental part (try singing while listening to the instrumental part using your headphones, this helps a lot) and place the vocals in the software. With a bit of precision and a lot of effort, you can mix the a capella vocals with the instrumental portion to make a complete song.
You can also crop out parts you don’t like and replace them with something that sounds cooler. All you have to do is highlight the parts you don’t like (you can use your cursor to do that) and press the “delete” button. In that empty space, you can get a part from another audio file and place it there. To do this, you first highlight the part that you want, then click “copy”. After that, you click “paste” on the empty part and there you have it. You have replaced a part of your song with something that sounds better.
Import and Export
If you have existing audio files in a cd, you can import them straight to Audacity and edit them from there. Exporting is also extremely easy! You can export your finished product into a variety of formats such as MP3, WAV, MP4, 3GP or more. You may also export your output into a file that can be burned into a cd easily in case you really want to be a recording artist who has his or her own CD track.
Those are only just some of the features that Audacity has to offer. It’s up to you to discover the other features that this software has to offer. With Audacity, sound editing has never been easier! As long as you get used to the interface and the features, you can become a rising star right in your own room.