Audio editing is becoming more important in our everyday activities given the increasing popularity of media content creation for podcasts, streaming platforms, and ads. While there are applications that make basic audio manipulation possible on hand-held devices, nothing beats having dedicated software.
Today’s list is a collection of audio editing applications that are not just free but are also open-source. They offer the same basic features but vary in advanced ones so take your time to go through as I have organized them in alphabetic order.
Ardour is an advanced digital workstation for recording, editing, and mixing audio on Linux, macOS, and Windows. It features plug-and-play support for various audio interfaces and controllers with support for plugins, full sample-accurate automation, external control surfaces, and a video timeline.
Audacity is a robust, audio editor with the award for the longest-lived free audio editors on Linux, Mac, and Windows. Despite its (relatively) outdated UI which makes it seem ‘scary’ at first launch, Audacity is arguably the easiest audio editors to get up and running with and it packs a lot of features such including the ability the stream podcasts, a plugin library, and support for virtually all audio formats.
3. Gnome Wave Cleaner
Gnome Wave Cleaner (GWC) is a digital audio editor designed with the purpose of enabling creators to clean up poor quality recordings such as ones captured from old 78 rpm phonograph records. Its main features include advanced tools for removing clicks using least-squares autoregressive interpolation and removing noise using spectral subtraction. It can also develop TOC records for creating music CDs from cleaned audio files and automatically marking song boundaries.
Jokosher is a free, non-linear multi-track digital audio editor for GNU/Linux and Windows operating systems. It hasn’t received a significant update since 2010 but you will find its last release competent for creating and recording podcasts and music from its simple integrated environment.
LMMS is a free multiplatform digital audio workstation developed to provide easy-to-use software for creating beats. It comes bundled with tons of free ready-to-use content including an assortment of effect plugins and presets and samples to VST. It also features support for several musical instruments and a community for creators to share their content.
6. MusE Sequencer
MusE Sequencer is a free digital audio workstation for GNU/Linux operating systems. It features a full-featured MIDI and audio sequencer with full support for plugins and automation. Initially created by Werner Schweer, it is now being improved upon by the MusE development team who aim to make it a complete multitrack virtual studio.
Qtractor is a free audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer software made up of mainly a Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio and an Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI combined to provide a digital audio workstation for personal homes studio production.
Rosegarden is a free MIDI sequencer-based music composition and editing environment with basic support for digital audio and an integrated UI tool for music notation. It was built with simplicity in mind and aimed at music students, musicians, and composers running BSD and GNU/Linux operating systems.
SoX is a free command-line software for converting audio files from one sampling rate to another (e.g. from DAT to CD rates) using its highly custom resampling algorithm on Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems. It supports simple audio synthesis, noise removal, audio editing functions, and multi-track mixing.
Sweep is a free digital audio editor and live playback tool for GNU/Linux and Berkeley Software Distribution operating systems. It features a custom stylus-like cursor tool called Scrubby and support for several audio formats including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, AIFF, and Speex. It also combines multichannel editing with plugin support for LADSPA effects and Pixar.
Before now, you might have thought that they aren’t enough open-source software for audio editing and I’m happy to have changed your mind.
Are there any recommendations that you believe will make solid additions to the list? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.
Martins is a developer with over 300 listicles on FOSS software. While studying for an MSc in Cybersecurity, his passion for technology keeps him covering different tech topics especially about the best software for readers to use.
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