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Audio Recording Software: GoldWave

Overview

GoldWave is a highly rated, professional digital audio editor. It's fully loaded to do everything from the simplest recording and editing to the most sophisticated audio processing, restoration, enhancements, and conversions.


Features

  1. Play all your favourite songs.
  2. Record any source your computer supports.
  3. Edit audio with all the basic commands.
  4. Process dozens of different audio effects.
  5. Remaster old vinyl or tape recordings.
  6. Analyze audio with frequency and amplitude visuals.
  7. Includes a collection of powerful tools.
  8. Process an unlimited number of files in many different formats.
  9. Very configurable.
  • GoldWave




Pros:

It supports a wide range of audio formats. It can also apply different and interesting effects to audio files. Besides that, it includes some extra utilities, like a CD ripper and a speech converter.

Cons:

Even though the number of features is high, advanced users may still want something more complex.

DOWNLOAD

https://www.goldwave.com/release.php

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Audio Recording Software: Mixcraft

Overview

Mixcraft is The Musician's DAW - the ideal application for creating professional quality songs, mixes, and videos with ease.


Features

  1. No Limits.
  2. Over 7,500 Loops, Sound Effects, and Samples.
  3. Live Performance.
  4. MIDI Scoring and Editing.
  5. Tons of Instruments and Effects.
  6. Video Editing.
  7. Mixing and Mastering.
  • Mixcraft


Pros:
  • Easy to navigate
  • Versatile
  • Easy to collaborate across programs
  • Easy to customize
Cons:

No Cons

DOWNLOAD

http://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/download.php

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Audio Recording Software: WavePad

Overview

This audio editing software is a full-featured professional audio and music editor for Windows and Mac. It lets you record and edit music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio files, you can cut, copy and paste parts of recordings, and then add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. WavePad works as a wav or mp3 editor, but it also supports a number of other file formats including vox, gsm, wma, real audio, au, aif, flac, ogg, and more.


Features

  1. Sound editing functions include cut, copy, paste, delete, insert, silence, auto-trim and more.
  2. Audio effects include amplify, normalize, equalizer, envelope, reverb, echo, reverse and many more.
  3. Integrated VST plugin support gives professionals access to thousands of additional tools and effects.
  4. Supports almost all audio and music file formats including mp3, wav, vox, gsm, wma, au, aif, flac, real audio, ogg, aac, m4a, mid, amr, and many more.
  5. Batch processing allows you to apply effects and/or convert thousands of files as a single function.
  6. Scrub, search and bookmark audio for precise editing.
  7. Create bookmarks and regions to easily find, recall and assemble segments of long audio files.
  8. Tools include spectral analysis (FFT), speech synthesis (text-to-speech), and voice changer.
  9. Audio restoration features including noise reduction and click pop removal.
  10. Supports sample rates from 6 to 96kHz, stereo or mono, 8, 16, 24 or 32 bits.
  11. Works directly with MixPad Multi-Track Audio Mixer.
  12. Easy to use interface will have you editing in minutes.
  • WavePad



Pros:

The noise reduction tools do a great job at removing unwanted hum and hiss from your recordings.

Cons:

The floating toolbars get in the way of your workflow.

DOWNLOAD

http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/

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Audio Recording Software: BLAZE MEDIA PRO

Overview

Powerhouse all-in-one converter, burner, audio and video editing software for all popular audio and video formats...and much more! Some of the formats supported by the software's audio editing and video editing include MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, MPEG-4, AIFF, M4A, AAC, AC3, FLAC, ALAC, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, and more.


Features

  1. Audio Capabilities
  2. Video Capabilities
  3. Combination Audio and Video Capabilities
  4. Supported Conversions
  5. Configurable Interface
  6. Video Converter (Including MPEG Encoder, Decoder)
  7. Audio and Video Editing (Movie Editor)
  8. CD Burner (Audio, Video, and Data)
  9. Audio Recorder (Sound Recorder)
  • BLAZE MEDIA PRO



Pros:

Blaze Media Pro is one of the best audio editing applications when it comes to recording capabilities. It will capture sound from just about any source.

Cons:

There are better products for restoration projects because this one does not have a noise reducer or pop remover.

DOWNLOAD

http://www.blazemp.com/downloads.html

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Audio Recording Software: AV Music Morpher

Overview

AV Music Morpher 5.0 is music gear that is convenient and versatile, yet cost-effective for music lovers. This is a resourceful multi-channel music mixer that enables you to edit any number of channels for surround sounds. It has been improved with a multi-track editor and more cool music effects. The interactive funny space helps you enjoy special collections of funny sounds, ringtones, audio clips, etc. without using any browser.


Features

  1. Newly updated version improved with Multi-track Audio Editor and more unique sound effects.
  2. Multi-format Audio Converter allows you to convert audio formats from MP3 to WAV, WMA to MP3, or between any of supported formats including OGG, APE, AIF, IRC, NIST, AU, etc.
  3. CD Grabber is ready for you to grab any audio CD file you want. Use the built-in MP3 ripper to rip audio tracks from CDs right to your hard drive in any supported format. Now you have a great tool to make your music collection larger.
  4. Data DVD/CD Burner helps you to create your own DVD/CDs easily and fast. Burn audio files to CD in CDA format as well as burn data to CDs and DVDs. Moreover, you can save time by burning multi-disc projects - organize once, burn many.
  5. Digital Audio Recorder allows you to record from many sources; a microphone, a CD, an audio file, streaming audio, etc. Then save them to almost any format, including the favorite WAV format. Easily record any audio you create or play.
  6. DVD/CD Cover Editor is a useful tool for you. You can easily design and output DVD and CD images for your own albums. Make them unique!
  • AV Music Morpher



Pros:

Better than old version

Cons:

Should make change GUI, larger buttons

DOWNLOAD

http://www.musicmorpher.com/free-music-editor.htm

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Audio Recording Software: I-SOUND RECORDER FOR WINDOWS 7

Overview

i-Sound 7.0 is a next generation sound recorder for Windows. Newest version unleashes the power of Windows 7 and Windows Vista and ready to record streaming audio out-of-box.


Features

  1. Direct Audio Recording
  2. Real time audio compression
  3. Advanced Scheduler
  4. Voice activated recording
  5. Automatic Gain Control
  6. Easily edit recordings
  7. Manage your Recordings
  • I-SOUND RECORDER FOR WINDOWS 7


Pros:

Setup was quick and easy.

Cons:
DOWNLOAD

http://www.abyssmedia.com/download.shtml

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Audio Recording Software: RIPEditBurn

Overview

RipEditBurn is a powerful Wave and MP3 editor and sound recorder. Rip and burn CDs, edit sound, convert your vinyl records and cassettes to CD, and much more! Want to sing along to your favorite music without the original vocals getting in the way? Use our Vocal Reducer to reduce or remove vocals.


  • RIPEditBurn

Features

  1. RIP CDs.
  2. RECORD.
  3. EDIT YOUR MUSIC.
  4. BURN CDs.
Pros:

Fast operation

Cons:

Cannot use the pop and click removal tool on the trial version.

DOWNLOAD

http://www.blazeaudio.com/cgi-bin/downloads.cgi?ref=frdl79Xh

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Audio Recording Software: Easy Hi-Q Recorder

Overview

Sound recorder software to record streaming audio, Internet radio, webcasts, music, convert LP's, records, tapes, make free ringtones and a lot more. It's the easiest way to record absolutely any sound in real-time.


Features

  1. 48 kHz, Professional Quality recording for WAV.
  2. 48 kHz, Professional Quality recording for WMA.
  3. WMA VBR and many more WMA CBR format selections.
  4. More interface enhancements: easier dragging, remembers last position.
  5. Keep on top feature, improved timers.
  6. Improved recording files and installer with better compression.
  7. Auto-start with system startup, for scheduled recordings or power failures.
  • Easy Hi-Q Recorder






Pros:
  • If it works straight away, it's very easy.
  • Scheduled recordings.
  • Nice, compact program.
Cons:

Troubleshooting is difficult

Ugly interfaces

DOWNLOAD

http://www.roemersoftware.com/moreinfo5.html

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Audio Recording Software: Audio Recorder Platinum

Overview

Audio Recorder Platinum is the advanced version of Audio Recorder Pro and provides more powerful features besides the features in Audio Recorder Pro. It provides two record modes: One is Normal Record Mode (be the same as Audio Recorder Pro's), and it records though your sound card; The other one is EZ ALL-Record Mode, and all audio is recorded through its virtual audio driver directly in real time, without a quality loss.


Features

  1. Multiple Record Modes.
  2. Record Any Audio.
  3. Record VoIP Calls.
  4. Real-time Filters and AGC.
  5. Multiple Sound Cards Support.
  • Audio Recorder Platinum




Pros:

Records all that comes out from your speakers.

Cons:

Only for Windows 2000/XP/2003 and Vista.

DOWNLOAD

http://www.ezaudiorecorder.com/download.htm

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Audio Recording Software: RecordPad

Overview

RecordPad is a simple sound recording program for Windows and Mac OS X. RecordPad is ideal for recording voice and other audio to add to digital presentations, creating an audio book, or for simply recording a message. Recording with a computer has never been easier. Using RecordPad, you can quickly and easily record audio notes, messages or announcements in either wav or mp3.


Features

  1. Record sound, voice, notes, music or any other audio.
  2. Save recordings to your hard drive in wav, mp3 or aiff format.
  3. Record only when you are speaking with voice activated recording.
  4. Recordings can be burned directly to CD using Express Burn.
  5. System-wide hotkeys allow keyboard control over recording while working in other programs.
  6. Find and Play recordings by format, date, duration and size. Includes keyword search of audio recording when a speech engine is installed.
  7. Optionally send recordings via email or upload to an FTP server.
  8. MPEG Layer-3 encoding offers content of variable bit rates from 8 to 320kbps with optional crc error checking and joint stereo modes.
  9. Wave encoding at sample rates between 6000 and 196000Hz in PCM or many other codecs and bits.
  10. Can be automated and integrated to run from other programs with powerful command line options.
  11. Integrate with WavePad Professional Audio Editing Software to edit recordings and add effects.
  12. Designed to be simple and robust for professional and corporate recording applications.
  • RecordPad

Pros:

Record pad is easy to use. The sound quality is perfect.

Cons:

This shareware version is only valid for 15 days of use.

DOWNLOAD

http://www.nch.com.au/recordpad/

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Audio Recording Software: Stepvoice Recorder

Overview

Stepvoice Recorder is real-time recording software with MP3 file format support. It allows recording from any sound source, such as microphone, line in or any sounds currently playing on your PC (internet radio, movie sounds, etc.).


Features

  1. Friendly interface.
  2. Support recording from any sound source.
  3. Supporting file formats: MP3.
  4. Direct MP3 encoding without temporary .WAV files.
  5. Recording/Playback visualization.
  6. Voice Activation System.

NEW: Mixing virtual 'speakers' line with microphone (for Skype)

  • Stepvoice Recorder


Pros:

High quality audio recording tool.

Cons:
DOWNLOAD

http://stepvoice.com/download.shtml

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Audio Recording Software: Presonus Studio One Free

Overview

Presonus Studio One is a Digital Audio Workstation which can be used for creating music. Presonus Studio One Professional can be run on Mac as well as Windows OS. This music creation DAW has been designed by Louisiana based company named Presonus.


Features

  1. Single window basic application.
  2. Easy on the eyes interfaces.
  3. Drag and drop feature supported.
  4. Save your precious time.
  5. Easy to use.
  6. Panes for dedicated asks are supported.
  7. Supports mono and stereo tracks.
  8. Repetitive behavior of MIDI can also be built.
  9. Ampire, an amp simulator included.
  10. Room reverb included for incresed tweakability.
  • Presonus Studio One Free

Pros:

The file browser sits in a convenient place – the music loops we tested sounded authentic and were sampled from real instruments.

Cons:

The plugins are visually unappealing, and it would be nice if they gave you more control.

DOWNLOAD

http://getintopc.com/softwares/music/presonus-studio-one-professional-free-download/

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Audio Recording Software: Audacity

Overview

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages.

Audacity is free software, developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Free software is not just free of cost (like "free beer"). It is free as in freedom (like "free speech"). Free software gives you the freedom to use a program, study how it works, improve it and share it with others. For more information, visit the Free Software Foundation.


Features

  1. Record live audio.
  2. Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  3. Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  4. Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  5. AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries.
  6. Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  7. Numerous effects including change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • Audacity

Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • Can layer tracks; students can put music behind their voices for more professional-sounding recordings
  • Free!
  • More dependable that online resources at times
Cons:
  • Records in .aup format; need a lame encoder in order to transfer to .mp3 files (which is necessary in order to use files for podcasts).
  • Hassle of downloading software, etc.
DOWNLOAD

http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/

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Audio Recording Software: Ardour

Overview

Ardour is a full-featured, free and open-source hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation program suitable for professional use. It features unlimited audio tracks and buses, non-destructive, non-linear editing with unlimited undo, and anything-to-anywhere signal routing. It supports standard file formats, such as BWF, WAV, WAV64, AIFF and CAF, and it can use LADSPA, LV2, VST and AudioUnit plugin formats.


Features

  1. Flexible Recording.
  2. Unlimited Multichannel Tracks.
  3. Routing.
  4. Solo/Listen Model.
  5. Monitor Section.
  6. Inline Plugin Control.
  7. Panning.
  8. Automation.
  9. Mix Groups
  • Ardour

Pros:
  • Multi-track recording tool.
  • industry standard format support.
  • full mixing desk features.
Cons:
  • No support for VST plug-ins
DOWNLOAD

http://ardour.org/download.html

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Audio Recording Software: Cockos REAPER

Overview

REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and OS X, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset.

REAPER supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins, and can be comprehensively extended, scripted and modified.


Features

  1. Efficient, fast to load, and tightly coded. Can be installed and run from a portable or network drive.
  2. Powerful audio and MIDI routing with multichannel support throughout.
  3. 64-bit internal audio processing. Import, record to, and render to many media formats, at almost any bit depth and sample rate.
  4. Thorough MIDI hardware and software support.
  5. Support for thousands of third-party plug-in effects and virtual instruments, including VST, VST3, AU, DX, and JS.
  6. Hundreds of studio-quality effects for processing audio and MIDI, and built-in tools for creating new effects.
  7. Automation, modulation, grouping, VCA, surround, macros, OSC, scripting, control surfaces, custom skins and layouts.
  • Cockos REAPER

Pros:
  • Easy for the novice to get started with, yet incredibly configurable for the experienced user.
  • Mind-boggling routing options.
  • Incredible value for money.
  • You can download the full version to try it out.
  • Huge selection of bundled plug-ins.
  • You can use your favourite audio editor.
  • Developers are extremely responsive to user feedback and suggestions.
  • No dongle!
Cons:
  • No MIDI list editor.
  • No score editing/printing options.
  • Limited quantise functions.
  • You'll need your own audio editor.
DOWNLOAD

http://www.reaper.fm/download.php

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Audio Recording Software: Rosegarden

Overview

Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio.

Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers, musicians, music students, and small studio or home recording environments.


Features

  1. MIDI and audio sequencer with unlimited tracks.
  2. Rich music notation editing capabilities.
  3. Large built-in database of real-world instruments to aid composers.
  4. Support for 100+ MIDI playback devices.
  5. Support for DSSI synth plugins.
  • Rosegarden

Pros:
  • Rosegarden can be downloaded and played free of charge.
  • A built-in player enables to play the score in real time and then bring enhancement if needed be.
  • This program supports more than 100 virtual musical devices.
Cons:
DOWNLOAD

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/getting/

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Audio Recording Software: Zynewave Podium Free

Overview

Podium Free is a freeware edition of Podium. It is fully functional with only a few feature limitations. Download and installation does not require registration.


Features limitation of podium free compared to the commercial version

  1. MIDI interface setup is limited to one input and one output.
  2. 64-bit mixer engine option is disabled.
  3. Plugin multiprocessing is disabled.
  4. ReWire is disabled.
  5. Surround-sound playback is disabled.
  • Zynewave Podium Free

Pros:
  • Extremely nice host, active development, great UI (once you get used to it), nice graphics, excellent project management.
Cons:
  • Weird settings drums, weird with midi controllers yet, you must switch tools, no timestretch, no dithering, some weird things yet (two different menus for same thing), no drag and drop samples from browser to vst, poor audio editor, no midi fx yet.
DOWNLOAD

http://zynewave.com/podium-free/

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Audio Recording Software: Wavosaur

Overview

Wavosaur is a cool free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.

Wavosaur supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing. The program has no installer and doesn't write in the registry. Use it as a free mp3 editor, for mastering, sound design. The Wavosaur freeware audio editor works on Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista.


Features

  1. Multiple Document Interface for working with many files in one session.
  2. All classic editing functions : cut, copy, paste, paste mix, paste replace/insert, paste to new file, trim/crop, delete, undo.
  3. Many processing options: mute, channel convert (stereo->mono, mono->stereo), insert silence, change volume, normalize level, fade in/out, invert/flip, undo.
  4. Accurate waveform representation, fast zoom in/out, clean easy to use interface Right mouse to scroll/display context menu. Skinable editor look.
  • Wavosaur

Pros:
  • full VST support.
  • VST effect chaining.
  • batch processing.
  • loop point support.
  • can be controled with MIDI surface control (BCR 2000 or UC 33e, etc..).
Cons:
  • memory problems with very large file on “old” or small configurations.
  • redo is not yet implemented.
DOWNLOAD

http://www.wavosaur.com/download.php

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Audio Recording Software: Kristal Audio Engine

Overview

KRISTAL Audio Engine is a powerful multi-track recorder, audio sequencer and mixer - ideal for anyone wanting to get started with recording, mixing and mastering digital audio.

It is designed as a modular system. The main application provides a mixing console, while the audio sequencer, live audio input and so on are loaded as separate Plug-Ins.


Features

  1. 16 audio tracks.
  2. 32 Bit floating point audio engine.
  3. 44.1 to 192 kHz sample rate.
  4. 3-band parametric EQ & .
  5. 2 VST insert slots per channel.
  6. 3 VST master effect slots.
  7. ASIO low latency audio driver support.
  8. 4 KRISTAL Plug-In slots.
  • AudioDope



Pros:
  • Pretty powerful and a well-endowed plug-in set.
Cons:
  • Takes time getting used to, lacks full compatibility with 64 bit OS.
DOWNLOAD

http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/index.php?section=download

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Audio Recording Software: AudioDope

Overview

Audiodope is an audio editor. You can load and listen to music files of various formats such as wave, MP3, wma etc. You can also edit part or the whole stream with functions like copy, cut, paste, insert, delete. You may modify any part of the stream by applying audio effects and synthesize sound files.


Features

  1. Sound editing functions such as copy, cut, paste, delete, insert, trim.
  2. Apply processes like click removal, DC offset correction, compressor, echo, fading, inversion, noise reduction, normalization, pitch scale, pitch shift, reverbation, reversing, sound 3D, tempo, true bass, volume.
  3. Filters like, moving average, high-pass, low-pass, band-pass.
  4. Special effects like flanger, phaser, chorus, gargle.
  5. Listen to the audio file with play, pause, stop commands.
  6. Record from any source.
  7. Various tools like, frequency analyzer, tone generator, noise generator, DTMF synthesis, text to speech.
  8. Process any channel separately or both.
  9. Apply third party VST plug-ins.



Pros:
  • You can edit part or the whole stream with functions like copy, cut, paste, insert, delete. You may modify any part of the stream by applying audio effects and synthesize sound files.
Cons:

DOWNLOAD

http://www.audiodope.org/en/Download.htm

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Audio Recording Software: Leapic Audio Editor

Overview

Audio Editor Free is a all-in-one audio editor, converter, recorder, player, splitter and joiner. A full set of effects and editing features are included for professional sound production. When editing audio files you can copy, cut, paste and mix any portion of audio files. If required, you may add effects like Amplify, Fade In, Fade Out, Delay, Reverse, Noise Reduction, etc. MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, VOX, RAW and many more audio formats are all supported for direct audio editing.


Features

  1. Apply different filters (Brand Pass Filter, High Pass Filter, Low Pass Filter, High Shelf Filter, Low Shelf Filter, Notch Filter, FFT Filter) to any selected portion of audio files.
  2. Apply various effects (Amplify, Compressor, Delay, Equalize, Invert, Normalize, Phaser, Reverb, Reverse, Fade In, Fade Out, Flanger, Silence, Shrink, Stretch, Vibrato, and more).
  3. Edit audio files visually (Cut, Copy, Delete Selection, Delete Silence, Paste, Paste From File, Mix, Mix From File).
  4. Play audio files or any portion of the files (Play, Pause, Continue, Stop, Play loop).
  5. Add silence or noise.
  6. Complete, multi-level undo and redo capabilities.
  7. Save any portion of a audio file to disk as a new file).
  8. Record audio from a microphone or any other available input device and save to WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, VOX, RAW, etc. files.
  9. Add information into audio files (Album, Artist, Copyright, Genre, Title, Year, etc.)
  10. Display audio data waveform (Zoom Full, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Zoom Vertical).
  11. Open CD tracks for editing and format conversion.
  • Leapic Audio Editor




Pros:
  • Looks petty.
Cons:

DOWNLOAD

http://www.leapic.com/audio-editor.htm

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Audio Recording Software: Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder

Overview

Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder is a real-time digital audio recorder that records any audio source that’s automatically detected on your computer.


Features

  1. Streaming audio recorder: this program can download MP3 sounds on the Web. Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder can work with YouTube, Pandora, Napster, Rhapsody, and many others. In addition, it records audio streaming feeds and can even edit them to improve the sound if needed be.
  2. Visual Publisher: Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder is also capable of extracting video clips with the built-in editor. This enables to enhance the quality of the output and which is making the application quite convenient.
  3. Ease of use: this program is easy to handle. Indeed, the user simply opens a Web page and the application will automatically detect the audio file. Users just have to press on the appropriate button to start download.
  4. Compatibility: Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder supports most of today's sound cards. Users are free to get details of each recording and at the same time, edit tags and send it directly to iTunes.
  • Wondershare Streaming Audio Recorder

Pros:
  • Enormous opportunity exists for an app developer to get this right...because this app doesn't. You might think all the great apps have been created - think again.
  • In it's favor: Rejected all the 'crapware' installs and then clicked on a separately downloaded track, and Itunes opened to play it just fine - so it did not take over as default audio player.
Cons:
  • Does not recognize separate tracks, does not pick up commercials despite being set to the default settings (autosplit if silence more than 300ms). One of the songs it did not recognize (unknown artist) was Elvis Costello's "Red shoes".
DOWNLOAD

http://www.wondershare.com/pro/streaming-audio-recorder.html

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Audio Recording Software: SoundTap Streaming Audio Recorder

Overview

SoundTap is streaming audio capture software which will convert any audio playing through your computer to mp3 or wav files. Streaming audio is recorded by a special kernel driver to preserve digital audio quality.


Features

  1. Record audio played on your computer in direct digital with no quality loss.
  2. Saves files in wav or mp3 format with a wide range of selected codec and compression options.
  3. Ability to record and mix microphone input to capture both sides when recording a VoIP or Conference conversation (optional).
  4. Streams can be recorded directly to the VRS Recording System for enterprise database system use.
  5. Works with all popular media players (e.g., Windows Media Player, Real Audio, QuickTime) and softphones (e.g., Skype, Express Talk).
  6. Directly links to WavePad Sound Editor Software so you can edit the files you have recorded.
  7. Directly links to Switch MP3 File Converter Software so you can convert the files from mp3 to over 20 other file formats.
  • SoundTap Streaming Audio Recorder


Pros:
  • Best sound quality.
  • I use it to record my spotify (i have premium) songs and then transfer it to my iPod.
  • All NCH softwares (incl. this) has a very easy to use interface.
  • Even in trial period it lets you record in 320kbps.
  • Sometimes I record a full spotify playlist (4-5 hr) and then cut the whole record in pieces. I'm using this for more than 1 year now and never encountered a single issue.
Cons:
  • Records in .aup format; need a lame encoder in order to transfer to .mp3 files (which is necessary in order to use files for podcasts).
  • Hassle of downloading software, etc.
DOWNLOAD

http://www.nch.com.au/soundtap/

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Audio Recording Software: Audio Hijack for Mac

Overview

Audio Hijack Pro for Mac records audio from a variety of sources and gives you the tools to process it for multiple purposes. It offers a complete set of options for both recording and conversion, and its interface, while rather utilitarian, is straightforward enough to make the program accessible to users of all experience levels.


  • Audio Hijack for Mac
Pros:
  • Record from anywhere: This program can record from all kinds of sources on your Mac. You can use it with a DVD Player, iTunes, QuickTime Player, RealPlayer, and Safari. And you can quickly record calls you make on Skype and iChat through it as well.
  • Processing options: Once you've made your recordings, you have some options in terms of what to do with them. The processing side of the program lets you select what you want to use the recording for and what quality you want it to be. For instance, you can process something for Internet Distribution with either High or Low quality, and there are plenty of other options as well.
Cons:
  • Extra installation: The basic program that installs initially requires a restart every time you want to record from a new source. In order to avoid this, you can download an extra Instant On feature, but it's unclear why this couldn't just be included in the main download to begin with.

Audio Hijack Pro for Mac provides a good deal of functionality through a straightforward interface. While it may require some extra installation steps to get it exactly the way you want it, the quality of the program is worth it in the end. You can try this app for free, and the full purchase price is $32.

DOWNLOAD

http://download.cnet.com/Audio-Hijack-Pro/3000-2170_4-10212211.html

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Audio Recording Software: Snowtape Mac

Overview

Snowtape records Internet radio stations. Listen to your Favorite Radio stations with its high-performance database, Snowtape is able to store thousands of radio stations for you to choose from. You can search for a particular station or just browse the database. You can also add any radio station to your favorites list to help you quickly find the right station for your current mood.


Features

The first thing I did is stop compiling for 32bit architectures like the first Intel-Macs, because Mountain Lion is only running on 64bit architectures anyway, which means less to download. Then I replaced the old-style code signing with Developer ID, which works in conjunction with the new Gatekeeper security mechanism. I also removed support for Growl Notifications to replace it with support for the new Notification Center in 10.8. Growl has been the source of problems in the past and I am taking this opportunity to remove the dependency on a what seems to be an unreliable 3rd party product. Another thing I had to remove is built-in support for AirPlay. Snowtape's implementation was build on reverse-engineered algorithms and deprecated cipher algorithms, which made the feature flaky and best and sometimes quite unreliable. I was also incompatible with a lot of 3rd party devices. The good news is that Mountain Lion comes with system wide built-in support for AirPlay. All you have to do is switch the audio output device in Sound preferences to the AirPlay enabled audio device of your choosing. I also went over the code and replaced deprecated functions with new and modern implementations and were also able to improve reliability and performance a bit.

  • Snowtape Mac

Pros:
  • Easy to use.
  • Add artwork and more to recordings.
  • large range of stations.
  • Editing tool.
Cons:
  • Only records streaming radio.
DOWNLOAD

http://download.cnet.com/Snowtape/3000-2168_4-10913861.html

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Audio Recording Software: Radioshift Mac

Overview

Radioshift is an application for listening to and recording Internet radio, providing a Radio Guide with listings for more than 50,000 stations and programs. The Radio Guide and a slick scheduling interface are the main advantages that Radioshift offers over lower-priced apps with slimmer feature sets. Radioshift makes it very easy to schedule the shows you want to record (whether on a one-time basis or with recurring subscriptions), so you can time-shift your shows to listen whenever you want and fast-forward through commercials.


Features

  1. Radioshift lets you listen to and record Internet radio.
  2. Like a personal video recorder (PVR) for radio, Radioshift enables Internet and AM/FM radio to be recorded automatically and listened to at any time.
  3. Radioshift can be used to explore and listen to over 100,000 radio listings from around the world. Audio can be subscribed to and automatically recorded.
  • Radioshift Mac

Pros:
  • Browsing for radios.
  • Subscribing and adding favorites.
  • Auto-wake and power-on.
Cons:
  • Editing radio info.
DOWNLOAD

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/25869/radioshift

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Audio Recording Software: Audacity Mac

Overview

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages.


Features

  1. Record live audio.
  2. Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  3. Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  4. Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  5. AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries.
  6. Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  7. Numerous effects including change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  8. And more! See the complete list of features.
  • Audacity Mac

Pros:
  • Can record anything you play on your PC. Unlimited undo. Beat finder. Click and noise remover. Open source with versions for Windows, Mac, Linux.
Cons:
  • Some operations aren't very intuitive. Effect results vary.
DOWNLOAD

http://audacityteam.org/download/

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Audio Recording Software: TwistedWave Mac

Overview

TwistedWave, a Mac audio editor, takes much of the guesswork out of learning how to use audio editing software. It loads quickly, you can import just about any audio file into it and you can use it to record single audio inputs. That being said, it doesn't give you the control over your audio and edits as some audio editing software for Mac does.


Features

  1. Recording. Open TwistedWave, press record. That is how easy it is to start recording a podcast, a song or a concert. While you are recording, place markers with a single key to remember places you will have to edit afterwards. It is truly a good tool for voice over artists.
  2. Mastering. Equalization, compression, limiting, you name it... From the hundreds of available Audio Unit or VST plugins, you will surely find the right one for the best effect.
  3. Converting files. TwistedWave can read and write files in many different formats. Converting a single file, or a whole folder of audio files from one format to another is straightforward.
  4. Batch processing many files. You load a list of sound files in TwistedWave, and it will automatically cut them, apply fades in/out, equalize, convert to mp3, or anything else.
  • TwistedWave Mac

Pros:
  • This software is simple to use.
Cons:
  • It doesn't have any audio restoration tools.
DOWNLOAD

https://twistedwave.com/mac.html

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Audio Recording Software: Garageband Mac

Overview

GarageBand is more powerful than ever, and now gives novices and pros alike easy recording built into every Mac. It's still the best way to get started recording or to learn piano or guitar on a computer.


Features

  1. 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic music and Hip Hop styles including House, Trap, Techno, Dubstep and more.
  2. Over 100 EDM and Hip Hop-inspired synthesizer Patches featuring the new Transform Pad Smart Control for sound morphing.
  3. Record the movements of software instrument Smart Controls to capture performances of effect and tone adjustments.
  4. 1,000 new Apple Loops from a variety of popular instruments and genres including EDM, Hip Hop, Indie, Disco, Funk, and Blues.
  5. Share directly from GarageBand to Apple Music Connect*.
  6. Adds support for Force Touch trackpad.
  7. Resolves an issue which prevented the export of long recordings.
  8. Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility.
  • Garageband Mac

Pros:
  • Streamlined, professional interface. Makes it easy to record and mix music. Enjoyable instrument lessons. Works with Logic Remote on the iPad for wireless control. Supports 24-bit recording and third-party plug-ins.
Cons:
  • Podcast features have disappeared. No PC version.
DOWNLOAD

http://www.apple.com/id/mac/garageband/

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Audio Recording Software: Audio Hijack Pro Mac

Overview

Audio Hijack Pro for Mac records audio from a variety of sources and gives you the tools to process it for multiple purposes. It offers a complete set of options for both recording and conversion, and its interface, while rather utilitarian, is straightforward enough to make the program accessible to users of all experience levels.


Features

  1. Audio Hijack Pro can now capture Call Relay audio from FaceTime on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Just select FaceTime and Record!
  2. Instant On 8.0.3 improves compatibility with Accessibility's VoiceOver function, fixes several small issues with sound effects device handling, and improves the backend.
  3. An AppleScript regression, which caused issues with the 'audio recording format', 'timer actions', 'silence monitor action', and 'file size limit' classes, has been fixed. Note that scripts which specify Timer Actions may require updating.
  4. Developer News no longer loads if the "Check For Updates" preference is turned off.
  • Audio Hijack Pro Mac

Pros:
  • Record from anywhere: This program can record from all kinds of sources on your Mac. You can use it with a DVD Player, iTunes, QuickTime Player, RealPlayer, and Safari. And you can quickly record calls you make on Skype and iChat through it as well.
  • Processing options: Once you've made your recordings, you have some options in terms of what to do with them. The processing side of the program lets you select what you want to use the recording for and what quality you want it to be. For instance, you can process something for Internet Distribution with either High or Low quality, and there are plenty of other options as well.
Cons:
  • Extra installation: The basic program that installs initially requires a restart every time you want to record from a new source. In order to avoid this, you can download an extra Instant On feature, but it's unclear why this couldn't just be included in the main download to begin with.

Audio Hijack Pro for Mac provides a good deal of functionality through a straightforward interface. While it may require some extra installation steps to get it exactly the way you want it, the quality of the program is worth it in the end. You can try this app for free, and the full purchase price is $32.

DOWNLOAD

http://download.cnet.com/Audio-Hijack-Pro/3000-2170_4-10212211.html

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Audio Recording Software: WireTap Studio Mac

Overview

WireTap is one of the most unique audio editors for Mac that we have come across. Ambrosia Software Inc., the manufacturer of WireTap, claims that this Mac audio editor can record anything that you can hear. To that extent, WireTap has some useful recording features that are exclusive to WireTap.

Using WireTap Studio, you can record all system audio, or record audio input from any microphone, line-in, or audio input hardware.


Features

  1. Record Anything
  2. Note: Per-application recording is not yet available on MacOS X 10.7 or later. We're working on it!

    Using WireTap Studio, you can record all system audio, or record audio input from any microphone, line-in, or audio input hardware.

    If you can hear it, WireTap Studio can record it.

    Once you have recorded your audio, you can easily organize your recordings in the convenient Recording Library, and edit them with WireTap Studio's integrated lossless audio editor.

    WireTap Studio also boasts full Audio Unit effects support, for adding professional quality effects to your audio.

  3. Lossless Audio Editing.
  4. Edit your audio without fear, since the integrated editor is completely non-destructive and lossless. Powerful yet easy to use, the editor is a refreshing break from the status quo. Crop, silence, and delete audio, then come back later, and undo your changes. You'll never look at editing audio the same way again.

    WireTap Studio takes a page from the recording industry, and records a lossless master of each recording, so you can actually change the format of your recording after the fact to gain quality.

    If you record something at too low of a bitrate, and then later decide you want to change it so it will sound better, it's no problem with WireTap Studio. You will never have to re-record your audio or struggle with re-compression issues again!

  • WireTap Studio Mac

Pros:
  • Simple to use.
  • Lightweight.
  • Records internal and external separately, or both at the same time.
Cons:
  • Scheduled recording can't open web streams.
DOWNLOAD

http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/wiretap/

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Audio Recording Software: Voice Recorder by Splend Apps

Overview

Voice Recorder free, full-featured, beautifully designed and easy to use audio recording application for android. Our voice recorders provide high quality recordings indefinitely (limited only by memory size). You can use it as an ordinary dictaphone to record voice notes and memos, business meetings, interviews, lectures, speeches, concerts, sleep talking :) or anything. This audio recorder works well on smartphones and tablets, with and without an external storage.

  • Voice Recorder by Splend Apps

Features

3 different audio formats: high quality PCM (WAV), good quality AAC (m4a / mp4) and AMR (3gp) to save space

  1. Sample rate Adjustable from quality phones (8 kHz) to CD quality (44 kHz).
  2. Bitrate changed from 32 to 320 kbps.
  3. Support for stereo and mono recording.
  4. Live audio spectrum analyzer.
  5. Record in background even when the screen is off.
  6. Customizable recording Folder.
  7. Selected audio source (microphone or phone call).
  8. NOTE: This application is not dedicated call recorder and may not work properly on some devices.

  9. Built-in user-friendly media player with volume control just like in a regular mp3 player.
  10. Send and share via e-mail and other applications.
  11. Rename and delete your recordings.
  12. Set the recording as a ringtone, alarm or notification sounds.
  13. Open with option allows you to play and edit sound in other applications.
  14. resizable widget displays your recording and provides quick access to applications.
  15. Recorder Control and players of the status bar.
  16. Flashing LED notification during recording and playback when the screen is off (for devices with LED notifiation).
  17. Stop automatically when out of memory.
  18. Stop recording or playing a call during an active.
  19. Auto Start Recording.
  20. Sharing and delete multiple files at the same time (long click Selection support).
  21. Sorting records by date, name, size and duration.
  22. Save the voice for android media library.

Pros:
  • 3 different audio formats: high quality PCM (WAV), good quality AAC (m4a / mp4) and AMR (3gp) to save space.
Cons:
DOWNLOAD

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.splendapps.voicerec

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Audio Recording Software: Voice Recorder by Mamoru Tokashiki

Overview

This application is a handy voice recorder.


Features

  1. send a data as attached file via Gmail.
  2. timer recording.
  3. search by TITLE and DATE.
  4. set recordings as ringtones.
  5. recording by the widget.
  6. playback pause by stop button long press.
  • Voice Recorder by Mamoru Tokashiki



Pros:
  • This application is a handy voice recorder.
Cons:
  • Touch screen does not work properly with this app on my X-mini. Records fine first time, but Record button disables thereafter. Not just my fat fingers which all other keyboards/apps don't seem to have a problem with. Shame.
DOWNLOAD

Google App Store

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Audio Recording Software: Titanium Recorder

Overview

Recording voice,meetings, personal notes, lecture and many more in HD quality was never that easy and fun with Titanium recorder and with no limit!.

Please not that Titanium Recorder cannot record phone calls on most phones. Also the call recording feature has been disable on android 4.3 and above.

  • Titanium Recorder

Features

  1. ADS FREE - I still believe that we deserve good quality app for free with no ads.
  2. Simple and beautiful UI just simple touch the mic to start recording and touch again to pause with embedded player to play your record instantly.
  3. HD Audio recording using 16 Bit/8 Bit PCM Encoding ( adjustable from 8Khz-48Khz).
  4. Record in stereo for supported device.
  5. Record in a compressed format (MP3/3GP/ACC).
  6. Adjust the volume gain of the microphone.
  7. Simple file manager to manage and organize your recordings default folders.
  8. Control your recording from everywhere using status bar.
  9. Record from background.
  10. Send/Share recording via email, whatsapp, dropbox, etc (Long click on recordings to enable this feature).
  11. Rename/Delete your recording (Long click on recordings to enable this feature).
  12. Set your recording as default ringtone/notifcation ringtone or alarm ringtone(Long click on recordings to enable this feature).
  13. Delete/Share multiple file at the time.
Pros:
  • A wide range of editing possibilities for all kind of users.
  • Cleaning tools specifically designed for analog to digital conversion.
  • Easy-to-use recording interface.
Cons:
DOWNLOAD

Google App Store

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Audio Recording Software: Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder

Overview

Tape-a-Talk Pro is a high quality voice recorder designed for simplicity and is able to record voice notes/voice memos/audio even when the display is off.


  • Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder

Features

  1. Sort Recordings by Name (Ascending, Descending)
  2. Dark or Light Interface Theme.
  3. Nicer interface and "big buttons"-mode
  4. Choose custom storage directory.
  5. Define custom dynamic filename scheme. Use predefined variables like day, month, hour, minute, seconds.
  6. Quick rename and send after recording: You can choose to enable the automatic appear of a fast rename&sendwindow after record.
  7. Set custom default mail settings (subject, recipient and text). No need to enter mail adresses every time!
  8. Fast forward/Rewind during recordings. Your phone becomes a dictation machine!
  9. Cut recordings: Cut out what you don't like with a few clicks.
  10. Widget: Now you can start, pause and stop recording via the widget on your homescreen (see screenshot). To add the widget to your homescreen, simply Long-Click on your homescreen, choose "Widgets -> Tape-a-Talk Pro".
  11. Repair recordings (Note: this does not fix recordings with noise or other problems. It just fixes the header of the file to make it playable).
  12. Free of Ads.
Pros:
  • High quality recordings!
  • Simple to use!
  • Live audio spectrum analyzer!
  • Skip silence mode!
  • Nice user interface!

Cons:

DOWNLOAD

Google Play Apps



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Audio Recording Software: Smart Voice Recorder

Overview

Smart Voice Recorder designed for high quality long-time sound recording with skipping relative silence on-the-fly. For example, you can use it for record night sleep talks (or snoring:)), business meetings, a regular day of your babysitter, how you sing or play the guitar and so on. It's fantastic! And you may use it as regular voice recorder with simple and nice user interface.


Features

  1. automatic and manual sensitivity control for Skip silence mode (Beta).
  2. live audio spectrum analyzer.
  3. wave/pcm encoding with adjustable sample rate (8-44 kHz).
  4. recording in background (even when display is off).
  5. microphone gain calibration tool.
  6. save/pause/resume/cancel recording process control.
  7. storage and directory change (default: sdcard/SmartVoiceRecorder).
  8. remaining recording time showed on home screen, limited only by available space on your storage (and tech. limit 2GB per file).
  9. easy to use recordings list.
  10. send/share a recording via email, whatsapp, dropbox, etc.
  11. set a recording as an ringtone, alarm or notification in one click.
  • Smart Voice Recorder



Pros:
  • Versatile: Whether you want to record brief voice memos or hours worth of audio, Smart Voice Recorder can be turned on with a tap and pick up audio, producing a good-quality output file. Features like skip silence, the ability to choose the location of the saved files, or to hide your recordings from media players make it convenient for all uses: at home, at the office, and even outdoors.
  • Ability to change the sample rate: Through the app's settings you can choose any sample rate quality from 8 kHz (phone quality) to 44.1 kHz (CD quality), which makes it a multipurpose recorder that you can use effectively even if your device doesn't have much free space. With 1GB of free space and a sample rate of 8 kHz, you can record almost 20 hours of audio.
  • Easy to navigate: All your recordings can be played within the app. What's more, by long-tapping on any of them you can quickly rename, delete, share, or even set any one of them as a ringtone, notification, or alarm, encouraging you to be creative.


Cons:
  • Recordings in this format cannot be sent via text/sms/mms.


DOWNLOAD

Google Play Store

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Audio Recording Software: RecForge

Overview

RecForge is a high quality sound recorder.

It allows to Record, Edit and Share sounds, voices, notes, musics or any other audio.


Features

  1. record (in mp3/ogg/wav) meetings, rehersals, music learning, EVP, ...
  2. share your recording on Google Drive, Skydrive, DropBox, Box, ...
  3. convert your recordings in diferent audio format.
  4. edit audio files.
  5. replace your Dictaphone.
  • RecForge



Pros:
  • You can use it to convert files into different formats.
  • It can record in the background even if the phone is locked.
  • You can disable notifications and continue recording discreetly.
Cons:
  • The sound quality for the free version may not be the best.
DOWNLOAD

Google Play

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Audio Recording Software: Easy Voice Recorder

Overview

Easy Voice Recorder is a fun, simple and easy to use audio & voice recorder. Use it to reliably record your meetings, personal notes, classes, songs, and more, with no time limits.


Features

  1. Record in stereo.
  2. Record with a Bluetooth microphone.
  3. Boost input volume with microphone software gain.
  4. Skip silent parts.
  5. Manage and organize your recordings with folders, and save recordings to your SD card.
  6. Control the recorder from anywhere using the status bar. Recordings can also be pinned to the status bar.
  • Easy Voice Recorder

Pros:
  • greats app and easy to use.
Cons:
  • Ad supported which can drain your battery down more.
DOWNLOAD

Google Play Store


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