Editing audio tracks is a simple task, provided you have the right set of tools that allow you to extract required parts of the audio stream. However, if you want to perform advanced audio editing tasks like mixing multiple audio streams, removing background noise, enhancing audio quality, applying different music effects etc., then you may come across an audio editor, which requires you to understand each editing function it has to offer. Today, we came across a simple yet powerful audio editor called Free Audio Editor that performs more than just simple audio editing tasks. It is a comprehensive digital audio workstation that lets you record audio from an available input device, edit audio tracks and apply various effects to them. It has the ability to perform both simple and complex tasks, for example, you can cut, crop and extract audio from video, grab audio from YouTube videos, apply multiple audio effects and filters, reduce noise and more. Additionally, the application supports a wide range of audio formats including MP3, WAC, OGG, WMA, FLAC, MP2, CDA, AIFF, AAC, AC3 etc.
The application offers a ribbon-based interface. At the top there are Home, File, Edit, Effect, Noise Reduction, Bookmark and Options tabs, while the quick access bar holds all the effects and filters. The Home tab gathers the most important options from all the other tabs. Since the applications supports drag & drop behavior, you can easily add the new audio files to the main interface just by dragging and dropping them.
The Edit tab has options like Cut, Copy, Copy to New, Paste Mix, Crop, Und, repeat, Mix File, Trim Start, Trim End, Insert File, Insert Silence etc., while the Effects tab allows you to apply multiple effects to the selected track, including Flanger, Phaser, Reverb, Echo, Speed Change, Pitch Change, Delay etc.
Each effect offers some parameters. For instance, Flanger effect has Delay Rate, Depth Percent, Gain Percent, Sweet Depth, Sweep Rate and Sweep Phase. You can, either tweak the effects manually, or choose presets available in the drop down menu.
The Noise Reduction tab provides you with options to reduce three different types of noise: Noise Reduction (general), Cassette Noise Reduction and Voice Breath Noise Reduction. From Options tab, you can toggle scales On/Off, choose sound channels to edit, set keyboard shortcuts and change viewing modes.
The application works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.