Sony Sound Forge 10 Pro
If you are looking for something more professional and upscale, Sony's got your back with their professional lineup of tools. Sound Forge 10 Pro is quite the premier package, giving you not only excellent effects and crisp edits, but support for incredibly high sample-rate audio (think 192 KHz), VST plugins, and Dolby AC3 export capability.
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Worth the price ($19/year or $49/lifetime; there's a free version, 4.26, that is still obtainable). Loads and modifies even fairly large files quickly. Wide range of file types supported + many acoustic manipulations, including a very nice noise reduction filter function. There is an expression evaluator that permits the user to create all kinds of signals + a batch mode that has saved me hours of effort. These 5 are all decent programs, but I have recommended GoldWave to novices and found that they've had no trouble using it.
Wavepad, all hands Down. I use it to edit sound effects and voice-over tracks for my CG animation projects. It gets even better once you've downloaded and installed all of Wavepad's plugins. And, it will also use VST plugins from other audio programs.
Definitely Goldwave is a winner. I've use Goldwave for small projects way since it's early days in the 90's. I used Cakewalk and Sound Forge which are robust and excellent for big projects but are paid software. For smaller budgets I would go with Goldwave.
[b]Cakewalk[/b] for the more serious engineer. [b]ProTools[/b] for the home hobbyist engineer. [b]WAVEPAD[/b] - by FAR the best simple home editor for all audio files. SO fast and yet SO robust. IF you just want to tweak, splice, mix etc. WavePad is phenomenal!! AND FREEEEE!!!!
During your review of audio editing apps, did you have an opportunity to look at "Presonus Studio - Free" and if so what was your opinion?
I've been using GoldWave for years and find it very capable. I tried Audacity last year, but it kept crashing on me. There's nothing more frustrating than making a bunch of edits and losing it all. Hadn't heard of Wavosaur, so that'll be worth a look. thanks for the article.
Am I the only one who like MP3DirectCut (http://www.mpesch3.de) ? Light weight, portable and GOOD!
Used it a number of times...intuitive enough that a once a year user does fine with no need to read manuals, and surprisingly good functionality....I can zoom in on the exact point when the music that I recorded begins, edit out mistakes and patch in re-takes.
I second bret.miller about GoldWave. On their web site they say, "Excellence in sound editing software for over 15 years." I know I've been using it for over 16 years. It has always seemed simple and intuitive to use. I've used Audacity that came on work systems that were overly locked down, and found it wanting compared to GoldWave. My 2 cents.