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Free Audio Editor lets you carry out various operations involving audio, including trimming, merging, adding effects, ripping discs and converting between formats. The application has a nice interface, which resembles those of other similar tools. It can also be used right away by experienced users without even consulting its excellent online help documentation.
The editor supports importing audio from various sources. First, it allows opening a wide range of formats. In addition, it lets you rip audio CDs and record sounds from a microphone. Not only that, it also supports extracting a video’s soundtrack or even downloading it from YouTube. Moreover, it can generate speech from text.
In addition to such common operations as merging, mixing, and trimming, the tool also allows applying multiple audio effects. Thus, you can use it to normalize volume, change speed and pitch, as well as equalize frequency bands. It also permits applying effects like reverb, fade in, fade out, echo, and vibrato. But the one that I find most useful is noise reduction, which eliminates unpleasant sounds, for example, those of a person’s breath and of importing audio from a cassette. Unfortunately, the tool does not allow customizing these effects to the extent an advanced user would desire.
All in all, Free Audio Editor definitely deserves at least a try. The product can be used at no cost without many limitations. However, it is not actually a free product as its name suggests. Actually, when you intend to use some of its features, you are prompted to purchase an upgrade to Audio Editor Deluxe.
- Multiple formats supported
- Excellent noise reduction feature
- Plenty of effects
- Audio disc ripping
- Direct import from audio card
- Some effects cannot be customized
- Some of the features are not available in the free version