December 20, 2006

Audio Editing Software

Follow-up to Podcasting. Equipment and Associated Advice from Kinoeye

Audio Editing Software

Of course one of the big advantages for recording in the digital domain is that you can edit your work on screen. Initially the editing functions that you are most likely to want are very straightforward.

They may be little gaps in the recording, perhaps a cough. Maybe you discovered you moved away from the microphone and the original sound was uneven. All these little things can be put right.

The best place to start with all this is probably a freeware programme called Audacity. It is a small programme and can easily be downloded onto your computer. You will also need another small programme called Lame. Both can be downloaded via this online overview of freeware and software for sound editing from Sound on Sound Magazine.

I suggest you make this programme your first port of call.

There are commercial programmes out there from the likes of Adobe and Sony and also very sophisticated music software. At least Audacity is free and will give you more of an idea of what you need.

As I’m not very good with all these tides of technology a kind visitor has pointed out that the Liux open source software operating system has gained the support of independent Audio software developers. The programme is called Jokosher and can be viewed here. As it allows for multitracking it looks like a good option for those developing their skills.


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  1. Audacity is way too basic if you want to do anything substantial. Thankfully I don’t, and for what I need it to do (which is almost exclusively cutting mp3s) it’s perfect.

    21 Dec 2006, 00:07

  2. me

    If you’re in the priviliged position of running a linux machine, you might want to take a look at Jokosher. It’s q fairly new project, but is undergoing active development and has a fairly big community surrounding it, producing documentation and helping people to use it. And, best of all, it’s free: http://www.jokosher.org

    21 Dec 2006, 22:45

  3. Thanks for the info. Personally I’m not running Linux but its great that all this open source stuff keeps emerging. Hopefully visitors in the future will be intersted in Linux.

    21 Dec 2006, 23:07


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