Available for any desktop platform you care to mention, Audacity is our first choice free music editor. It has a huge following, and it’s one that is entirely justified. It’s a powerful tool that would put some paid-for product to shame, and although the interface might initially seem slightly intimidating, it’s actually surprisingly approachable even for beginners. Audacity is equipped with an extensive suite of built-in tools, enabling you to edit pre-recorded files, capture sound through an attached microphone, or even stream music and podcasts.
Despite its name, mp3DirectCut does more than just slicing up MP3s (although it does that very well). You can record directly into the program or work with existing audio files, and although there are no fancy options, all of the basics are covered. As well as simple track splitting, this compact audio editor also contains tools for normalizing audio, increasing volume, and fading.
Acoustica Basic Edition
Acoustica Basic Edition is a particularly great audio editor if you’re looking for a tool for producing music. Not only can you make your own recordings and open files from your PC, you can also import tracks straight from CDs, edit them, and export them in the format of your choice.Opting for the free version means missing out on options such as a multi-track editor and support for 7.1 surround sound, but you still get a lot to play with.
– Compiled by Ankita Das