Let's start with the Cool Edit Pro Registration quandry. Please note that very early this year I had posted a question regarding installing CEP, but this is not a repeat of that.
This ancient program (which Adobe bought from Syntrillium and converted into Audition) loaded and ran in Windows 8 with a few minor tweaks, but now I have a Windows 7 computer and am experiencing a somewhat different problem: the registration.
The backstory is important here: I bought Cool Edit Pro 2.1 from Syntrillium directly around 1998. After they were out of the picture (and Adobe announced the end of support), I managed to lose my registration information. I found what was advertised as a working copy with valid registration(which you had to enter manually) on eBay, and while it was pricey, I popped for it to continue using Cool Edit Pro, as it met my needs well. Matter of fact, that registration is in working copies of CEP in two other computers in my house right now.
Fact: I later learned that the registration name that came with that eBay copy was indeed an illegal copy. "Marco Hardmeier" and the ID number apparenty opened a LOT of bootleg copies.
So today, I installed CEP on to the new laptop I bought running Windows 7 and to my surprise and delight, it installed flawlessly. I went through the usual registration steps using my user name and ID number--and it did not work. Now, with no support from Adobe and Syntrillium being just a memory, and my having been a legitimate customer way back when, I searched online for ANY applicable name and number to get it cranked up again. "Marco" is still out there along with many others--but none I tried would open up the 21-day trial period to full access.
I am not interested in downloading a "crack" (many on YouTube) but I would like to get CEP cranked up on the new computer for use while I'm traveling away from home.
So, question # 1: any solution to this odd dilemma?
And that leads to "Best Audio Editing Software...."
My guess is that I'll simply have to buy another audio editing software. I don't need to buy a Super-Ultra-Deluxe program; I do need one that will essentially allow me to edit 3-5 audio tracks (mp3 format, stereo) to create a radio-type announcement with voice and music, and one other process, namely just appending one mp3 track to another to be saved as a single file. Other than that, I don't need a ton of bells and whistles.
I've looked around and have ruled out Audacity and Wavepad, am not interested in Audition, and figured it would be best to post this question here. I would ask that you have actual experience working with audio editing software so you can respond from a hands-on experiential viewpoint.
I know this has been a lot of reading, so thanks in advance. What solution(s) can you recommend?