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Posted on 2010-09-03
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Looking for cheap but decent audio editing software.  I can search best buy or Amazon -  looking for someone that knows by experience.

Two things are important:
1.  Being able to edit out part of the audio file (this must be very precise)
2.  Enhance audio - make louder, mostly.
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by:David Wall
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Audacity should be able to edit your files ok, and its free.
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by:carsRST
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i will check it out.  Not in a position to test now but will later.

I like the price!
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by:mekh
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I am with VLC Player which is free and compatible with most of the OS. Even in MAC, Linux. You can even stream videos, audios.

Go for it. You can find it here http://www.videolan.org/

Hope this helps
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by:BillDL
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Hi carsRST

It sounds as though you aren't looking for any heavily featured recording/editing software, and so the earlier suggestion of Audacity should be perfectly suited to your needs.  It IS very well featured for recording and editing, but you should find it easy enough to open audio files, edit, and export to various formats (needs additional Lame MP3 encoder to export to that format).

There is one option, however, that you may not even have considered.  Most CD-Burning software comes with an audio editing module, and in most cases the program will do what you need.  So you may already have what you need installed on your computer.

You may also find that your sound card has free audio editing software on a supplied CD or free from the manufacturer's website.  For example, if you have a Creative SoundBlaster card you may be able to download "Creative Wave Studio" as a Creative End-User application:
http://www.creative.com/soundblaster/products/software/welcome.asp
http://www.creative.com/soundblaster/products/software/subsoft.asp?id=5

Starting here:
http://support.creative.com/Products/product_list.aspx?catID=1&CatName=Sound+Blaster#
some of the Audigy and Live! cards list Creative Wave Studio as a software download:
http://support.creative.com/downloads/download.aspx?nDownloadId=11112

Other sound cards will probably also have free audio editing software available for free download.

These are just alternatives, should you wish to explore others.  Personally I think WallD's suggestion of Audacity is your best option.
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Thank you guys for assisting.

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