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Make and mix unique music. Create podcasts. Record or convert speech and other tracks. Audio editing software gives you the tools you need to manipulate and work with sound on your computer - no matter whether you’re a budding musician or simply need to tidy up audio files for your MP3 player.

Audio editing software comparison chart for 2014

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10
Blaze Media Pro
NGWave Audio Editor
Audio Editor Gold
Magic Audio Editor Pro
Audio Editor Pro
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
nch wavepad has a rating of five  overall dexster audio editor has a rating of five  overall magix music maker 2015 has a rating of five  overall acoustica premium 6 has a rating of four  overall sony sound forge audio studio 10 has a rating of four  overall blaze media pro has a rating of four  overall ngwave audio editor has a rating of three  overall audio editor gold has a rating of three  overall magic audio editor pro has a rating of three  overall audio editor pro has a rating of three  overall
Setup
nch wavepad has a rating of five for setup dexster audio editor has a rating of five for setup magix music maker 2015 has a rating of five for setup acoustica premium 6 has a rating of four for setup sony sound forge audio studio 10 has a rating of four for setup blaze media pro has a rating of three for setup ngwave audio editor has a rating of three for setup audio editor gold has a rating of three for setup magic audio editor pro has a rating of three for setup audio editor pro has a rating of three for setup
Audio editing
nch wavepad has a rating of four for audio editing dexster audio editor has a rating of four for audio editing magix music maker 2015 has a rating of four for audio editing acoustica premium 6 has a rating of four for audio editing sony sound forge audio studio 10 has a rating of three for audio editing blaze media pro has a rating of four for audio editing ngwave audio editor has a rating of three for audio editing audio editor gold has a rating of three for audio editing magic audio editor pro has a rating of four for audio editing audio editor pro has a rating of four for audio editing
Audio recording
nch wavepad has a rating of five for audio recording dexster audio editor has a rating of five for audio recording magix music maker 2015 has a rating of five for audio recording acoustica premium 6 has a rating of five for audio recording sony sound forge audio studio 10 has a rating of four for audio recording blaze media pro has a rating of three for audio recording ngwave audio editor has a rating of four for audio recording audio editor gold has a rating of four for audio recording magic audio editor pro has a rating of three for audio recording audio editor pro has a rating of three for audio recording
Features
nch wavepad has a rating of four for features dexster audio editor has a rating of four for features magix music maker 2015 has a rating of five for features acoustica premium 6 has a rating of four for features sony sound forge audio studio 10 has a rating of three for features blaze media pro has a rating of four for features ngwave audio editor has a rating of three for features audio editor gold has a rating of three for features magic audio editor pro has a rating of four for features audio editor pro has a rating of four for features
Ease of use
nch wavepad has a rating of five for ease of use dexster audio editor has a rating of four for ease of use magix music maker 2015 has a rating of four for ease of use acoustica premium 6 has a rating of three for ease of use sony sound forge audio studio 10 has a rating of five for ease of use blaze media pro has a rating of four for ease of use ngwave audio editor has a rating of four for ease of use audio editor gold has a rating of three for ease of use magic audio editor pro has a rating of three for ease of use audio editor pro has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
nch wavepad has a rating of five for help & support dexster audio editor has a rating of four for help & support magix music maker 2015 has a rating of five for help & support acoustica premium 6 has a rating of four for help & support sony sound forge audio studio 10 has a rating of four for help & support blaze media pro has a rating of four for help & support ngwave audio editor has a rating of three for help & support audio editor gold has a rating of three for help & support magic audio editor pro has a rating of three for help & support audio editor pro has a rating of three for help & support
Audio editing tools
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Digital effects
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Audio filters
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Input
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Input file formats
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.AAC
nch wavepad supports .aac dexster audio editor supports .aac magix music maker 2015 does not support .aac acoustica premium 6 supports .aac sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .aac blaze media pro supports .aac ngwave audio editor supports .aac audio editor gold supports .aac magic audio editor pro supports .aac audio editor pro supports .aac
.AIF
nch wavepad supports .aif dexster audio editor supports .aif magix music maker 2015 supports .aif acoustica premium 6 supports .aif sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .aif blaze media pro supports .aif ngwave audio editor supports .aif audio editor gold supports .aif magic audio editor pro supports .aif audio editor pro supports .aif
.AU
nch wavepad does not support .au dexster audio editor supports .au magix music maker 2015 does not support .au acoustica premium 6 does not support .au sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .au blaze media pro supports .au ngwave audio editor supports .au audio editor gold supports .au magic audio editor pro supports .au audio editor pro supports .au
.M4A
nch wavepad supports .m4a dexster audio editor supports .m4a magix music maker 2015 supports .m4a acoustica premium 6 supports .m4a sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .m4a blaze media pro supports .m4a ngwave audio editor supports .m4a audio editor gold supports .m4a magic audio editor pro supports .m4a audio editor pro supports .m4a
.MIDI
nch wavepad supports .midi dexster audio editor supports .midi magix music maker 2015 supports .midi acoustica premium 6 supports .midi sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .midi blaze media pro supports .midi ngwave audio editor supports .midi audio editor gold supports .midi magic audio editor pro supports .midi audio editor pro supports .midi
.MP3
nch wavepad supports .mp3 dexster audio editor supports .mp3 magix music maker 2015 supports .mp3 acoustica premium 6 supports .mp3 sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .mp3 blaze media pro supports .mp3 ngwave audio editor supports .mp3 audio editor gold supports .mp3 magic audio editor pro supports .mp3 audio editor pro supports .mp3
.OGG Vorbis
nch wavepad supports .ogg vorbis dexster audio editor supports .ogg vorbis magix music maker 2015 supports .ogg vorbis acoustica premium 6 supports .ogg vorbis sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .ogg vorbis blaze media pro supports .ogg vorbis ngwave audio editor supports .ogg vorbis audio editor gold supports .ogg vorbis magic audio editor pro supports .ogg vorbis audio editor pro supports .ogg vorbis
.VOX
nch wavepad supports .vox dexster audio editor supports .vox magix music maker 2015 supports .vox acoustica premium 6 supports .vox sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .vox blaze media pro supports .vox ngwave audio editor supports .vox audio editor gold supports .vox magic audio editor pro supports .vox audio editor pro supports .vox
.WAV
nch wavepad supports .wav dexster audio editor supports .wav magix music maker 2015 supports .wav acoustica premium 6 supports .wav sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .wav blaze media pro supports .wav ngwave audio editor supports .wav audio editor gold supports .wav magic audio editor pro supports .wav audio editor pro supports .wav
.WMA
nch wavepad supports .wma dexster audio editor supports .wma magix music maker 2015 supports .wma acoustica premium 6 supports .wma sony sound forge audio studio 10 supports .wma blaze media pro supports .wma ngwave audio editor supports .wma audio editor gold supports .wma magic audio editor pro supports .wma audio editor pro supports .wma
Output
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Help & support
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Telephone support
nch wavepad offers telephone support dexster audio editor does not offer telephone support magix music maker 2015 offers telephone support acoustica premium 6 offers telephone support sony sound forge audio studio 10 does not offer telephone support blaze media pro offers telephone support ngwave audio editor does not offer telephone support audio editor gold does not offer telephone support magic audio editor pro offers telephone support audio editor pro does not offer telephone support
Email support
nch wavepad offers email support dexster audio editor does not offer email support magix music maker 2015 offers email support acoustica premium 6 offers email support sony sound forge audio studio 10 does not offer email support blaze media pro offers email support ngwave audio editor offers email support audio editor gold offers email support magic audio editor pro offers email support audio editor pro does not offer email support
Live chat
nch wavepad offers live chat dexster audio editor does not offer live chat magix music maker 2015 does not offer live chat acoustica premium 6 offers live chat sony sound forge audio studio 10 does not offer live chat blaze media pro does not offer live chat ngwave audio editor offers live chat audio editor gold offers live chat magic audio editor pro offers live chat audio editor pro does not offer live chat
Manual
nch wavepad offers manual dexster audio editor offers manual magix music maker 2015 offers manual acoustica premium 6 offers manual sony sound forge audio studio 10 does not offer manual blaze media pro does not offer manual ngwave audio editor offers manual audio editor gold offers manual magic audio editor pro offers manual audio editor pro does not offer manual
Knowledge base
nch wavepad offers knowledge base dexster audio editor does not offer knowledge base magix music maker 2015 offers knowledge base acoustica premium 6 offers knowledge base sony sound forge audio studio 10 does not offer knowledge base blaze media pro offers knowledge base ngwave audio editor offers knowledge base audio editor gold offers knowledge base magic audio editor pro offers knowledge base audio editor pro does not offer knowledge base
Forums
nch wavepad offers forums dexster audio editor offers forums magix music maker 2015 offers forums acoustica premium 6 offers forums sony sound forge audio studio 10 offers forums blaze media pro does not offer forums ngwave audio editor does not offer forums audio editor gold does not offer forums magic audio editor pro offers forums audio editor pro does not offer forums
Tutorials
nch wavepad offers tutorials dexster audio editor offers tutorials magix music maker 2015 offers tutorials acoustica premium 6 offers tutorials sony sound forge audio studio 10 offers tutorials blaze media pro does not offer tutorials ngwave audio editor offers tutorials audio editor gold does not offer tutorials magic audio editor pro offers tutorials audio editor pro does not offer tutorials
FAQs
nch wavepad offers faqs dexster audio editor offers faqs magix music maker 2015 offers faqs acoustica premium 6 does not offer faqs sony sound forge audio studio 10 offers faqs blaze media pro offers faqs ngwave audio editor does not offer faqs audio editor gold offers faqs magic audio editor pro offers faqs audio editor pro offers faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 7
nch wavepad is compatible with windows 7 dexster audio editor is compatible with windows 7 magix music maker 2015 is compatible with windows 7 acoustica premium 6 is compatible with windows 7 sony sound forge audio studio 10 is compatible with windows 7 blaze media pro is not compatible with windows 7 ngwave audio editor is not compatible with windows 7 audio editor gold is not compatible with windows 7 magic audio editor pro is compatible with windows 7 audio editor pro is not compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
nch wavepad is compatible with windows vista dexster audio editor is compatible with windows vista magix music maker 2015 is compatible with windows vista acoustica premium 6 is compatible with windows vista sony sound forge audio studio 10 is compatible with windows vista blaze media pro is compatible with windows vista ngwave audio editor is compatible with windows vista audio editor gold is compatible with windows vista magic audio editor pro is compatible with windows vista audio editor pro is not compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
nch wavepad is compatible with windows xp dexster audio editor is compatible with windows xp magix music maker 2015 is compatible with windows xp acoustica premium 6 is compatible with windows xp sony sound forge audio studio 10 is compatible with windows xp blaze media pro is compatible with windows xp ngwave audio editor is compatible with windows xp audio editor gold is compatible with windows xp magic audio editor pro is compatible with windows xp audio editor pro is compatible with windows xp
Mac OS X
nch wavepad is compatible with mac os x dexster audio editor is not compatible with mac os x magix music maker 2015 is compatible with mac os x acoustica premium 6 is compatible with mac os x sony sound forge audio studio 10 is not compatible with mac os x blaze media pro is compatible with mac os x ngwave audio editor is compatible with mac os x audio editor gold is compatible with mac os x magic audio editor pro is compatible with mac os x audio editor pro is compatible with mac os x

Audio editing software explained

Although audio editing software has long been used by professionals, recent years have seen it become much cheaper and easier to get to grips with.

It still takes time for newcomers to learn how to use audio editing software for complex tasks, like mixing tracks together. But even beginners can easily carry out simple jobs, like removing hiss from a recording.

Mixing, cutting and filtering sound

The key functions of audio editing software are:

  • Cutting and slicing files – so you can chop out unwanted portions of a recording or combine chunks of different recordings together.
  • Mixing different tracks – for instance, allowing you to lay a recording of your speech on top of some background music.
  • Audio filtering – this lets you emphasize or reduce parts of the sound, or change its characteristics. For instance, you could add bass or remove hiss.

Importing and saving audio

It’s important your audio editing software can handle the type of audio you need it to. Most software can work with all common sound file types, including WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG and MIDI.

If you plan to make your recordings available on the internet, it’s especially important your software can save in the efficient MP3 format. This keeps the file size to a minimum for easy downloading.

In addition, think about other ways you might want to get audio into your computer. As well as opening existing sound files, good audio editing software will allow you to record directly from a microphone or to import music from an audio CD.

Rank
NCH WavePad
Dexster Audio Editor
MAGIX Music Maker 2015
Acoustica Premium 6
Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10
Blaze Media Pro
NGWave Audio Editor
Audio Editor Gold
Magic Audio Editor Pro
Audio Editor Pro