Whether you're a designer, artist or animator, the web is demanding more multimedia every day. Audio is the easiest way to bring your projects to life. Be it a product video clip, podcast or a web slide show, audio can be a critical component for enhancing the experience of your audience.
"Sound/Audio" is really a catch-all for many things like music (live recordings or digitally created), singing voices, speaking voices, sound effects, and environmental sounds. These items can be used alone, or in various combinations when creating anything from a podcast to a full-length movie.
The best thing about adding sound to your tool-set is that there are so many ways to do it, that you can find the path that best fits your needs and budget. When it comes to audio creation tools, they basically come in one of three categories:
In the list below, we’ve rounded-up the best open-source audio tools you should be using in 2017.
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This is an excellent and very versatile package that allows extensive non-destructive editing, effects work, video support, and various levels of multitrack support.
Grab yourself a nice audio interface. Plug in a microphone or a keyboard. Add a track. Press record. Got it.
Mac, Windows and Linux-compatible, this GPL-licensed program can do everything you’d expect from a commercial audio editor.
SOUND FORGE music software is a powerful tool for audio editing that supports users in all areas of audio.
Fully integrated with Jack and Linux’s ALSA, Qtractor is easy to use and easy on the eyes. It's frequently updated - with recent updates including standard DAW features such as freeze and MIDI instrument rendering - and is still simple and to the point. Qtractor is released under the GNU/GPL license.
Rosegarden is a powerful audio, MIDI and score editing and sequencing environment for users.
Additive, subtractive, granular synthesis and processing and more are presented in an easy-to-use GUI. Alas, the OS X version is no longer maintained, but it is still available for those of you with older operating systems.
WAVOSAUR is a free audio editor for Windows with VST plugins support. The program is ASIO compatible, can do loop points edition, auto-trim, noise removal and real time effect processing.
Make your own songs in the online studio app and publish them on the social platform.
UJAM is a free online platform that allows users to create their own songs and audio.