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Digital Audio Creation Tools You Should Know | 2017

Music Enthusiasts, Audio Marketers and Aspirants

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: 

  1. Audio editing
  2. MIDI/loop music creation, and 
  3. High-end packages for composing and full multitrack recording.

In the list below, we’ve rounded-up the best open-source audio tools you should be using in 2017.

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Adobe Audition CC | Free Audio Recording, Editing Software
adobe.com

Adobe Audition CC | Free Audio Recording, Editing Software

This is an excellent and very versatile package that allows extensive non-destructive editing, effects work, video support, and various levels of multitrack support.

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Ardour - The Digital Audio Workstation
ardour.org

Ardour - The Digital Audio Workstation

Grab yourself a nice audio interface. Plug in a microphone or a keyboard. Add a track. Press record. Got it.

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Audacity® | Be Audible
audacityteam.org

Audacity® | Be Audible

Mac, Windows and Linux-compatible, this GPL-licensed program can do everything you’d expect from a commercial audio editor.

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SOUND FORGE | Flawless audio editing
magix-audio.com

SOUND FORGE | Flawless audio editing

SOUND FORGE music software is a powerful tool for audio editing that supports users in all areas of audio.

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Qtractor | An Audio/MIDI Multi-Track Sequencer
qtractor.sourceforge.io

Qtractor | An Audio/MIDI Multi-Track Sequencer

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.

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Rosegarden | Music Software
rosegardenmusic.com

Rosegarden | Music Software

Rosegarden is a powerful audio, MIDI and score editing and sequencing environment for users.

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Cecilia | CSound-based Graphical Environment for Music and Audio
ajaxsoundstudio.com

Cecilia | CSound-based Graphical Environment for Music and Audio

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.

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Wavosaur | Audio Editor with VST and ASIO support
wavosaur.com

Wavosaur | Audio Editor with VST and ASIO support

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.

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Audiotool | Free Music Software
audiotool.com

Audiotool | Free Music Software

Make your own songs in the online studio app and publish them on the social platform.

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UJAM | Make your music.
ujam.com

UJAM | Make your music.

UJAM is a free online platform that allows users to create their own songs and audio.

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