What are the best audio editing software for Windows?

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    #1WavePad Audio Editor

    WavePad Audio Editor

    WavePad mp3-cutters is an editing audio software for professionals available both for Windows and Mac. You can record and edit any audio file from music to voice. It converts file from different formats to work with and for final audio results.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Free trial available

    Vihaan Khan
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Wavepad is a fantastic audio editing software that is totally free for non commercial use. It's a very powerful tool allowing you to do many of the same things that professionals do to their hair to make it ever better."
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    #2Cubase

    Cubase

    Cubase is a software that turns your computer into a complete production system for recording, editing and mixing audio and MIDI tracks. Choose between Cubase Elements, Cubase Artist, and Cubase Pro depending on your music creation needs.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $559.99- Varies by plan

    Madison Elliott
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "I can't say that I have been let down at all by using Cubase as my audio editing software, it is definitely high-quality in terms of features. One thing is that it I find it a little expensive for Windows, so I sometimes prefer to just use freeware alternatives if I don't have a current license for Cubase."
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    #3Audacity

    Audacity

    Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. It was first released on May 28, 2000.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Ethan Harper
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "I often edit audio for videos I make to upload online. I need a solution that will allow me to edit my audio but has many options without a hefty price tag. After looking around for a while, I came across Audacity. I am very impressed with the program and would highly recommend it to all of my friends!"
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    #4Ardour

    Ardour

    Ardour is a Digital Audio Workstation that allows you to record, edit and mix tracks, in a complete professional interface but also easy to learn and to use. Ardour is a very helpful tool for professionals such as audio engineers, musicians, and composers.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Raymond Peters
    Written on June 5, 2017
    "Interested in learning how to produce music? Maybe you already know but want the latest tools? Ardour provides you all you need for music production in an easy to use suite of audio tools. Compose your favorite tracks and edit what you need to have the best sounding music possible! With an easy to use interface, anyone can pick up how to make the best music possible in minutes!"
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    #5FL Studio

    FL Studio
    FL Studio is a Digital Audio Workstation developed by Image Line Software BVBA. This software features a multi-track recording, sequencing capabilities, and other music-mixing effects. It also has a customizable virtual keyboard and drum.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $99- Varies by plan

    Carl Flores
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "I just started recording music recently and while it sounded good from just raw recording, I needed something better. So, I went and started searching for audio editing software for Windows. I came across FL Studio. This has got to be one of the best audio editing software I have ever used. It did everything I wanted and more. I recommend it to everybody."
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    #6Switch Audio File Converter

    Switch Audio File Converter

    Switch Audio File Converter is a software capable of converting an audio file between over 40 formats without losing its music tags or metadata. The converter software is offered by NCH software, a brand known for various audio tools.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $40

    Larry Hall
    Written on August 13, 2018
    "Very helpful for someone like me who just have a low storage in my computer. So in the meantime, I'd just manually compress all my work files to mp3 rather than wav to save space. If only someone can tell me how to convert files faster..."
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    #7Adobe Audition

    Adobe Audition

    With the Adobe Audition CC software you can mix, edit, and create audio content with a very comprehensive and easy to learn toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display. It is also designed to speed up video production.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Pamela Parker
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Adobe Audition is a must have for anyone creating their own music or simply wants to edit the music they have. Like when you have a playlist and one song has an ending that has two minutes of silence. You can edit that out with this program and then put it back into your playlist. No more awkward music silence. This program is relatively easy to use and has some amazing tools that will make your music sound great. You can even create keyboard shortcuts for all of you most used features. You can work on multiple audio tracks at once to that you can alter the music or vocals independent of each other. It is also amazingly easy to add effects to any part of your music. "
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    #8Studio One

    Studio One
    Studio One is a digital audio workstation (DAW) software program developed by PreSonus comprised of the Studio One 4 Prime, Studio One 4 Artist, and Studio One 4 Professional. Available for Windows and macOS.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99.95

    Samuel Hawkins
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "After trying a few different audio editing software solutions, I stumbled across Studio One. It was the first one that I felt did a great job of editing my audio tracks exactly how I wanted them. It provides a lot of tools that one needs including samplers, and a diverse sound library. If you are starting out editing audio, you can even grab the free version like I did before moving on to the paid studios that are more expensive."
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    #9Waveshop

    Waveshop

    Waveshop is a free audio editor for Windows. When editing an audio file this software lets you edit only a portion of it without affecting the rest. It also features unlimited undo and 64-bit files do not exceed 2GB.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jack Snyder
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "Waveshop has given me so much flexibility in editing my audio files in Windows. I used to be limited in what parts of the files I could edit but Waveshop allows me to edit individual parts. This makes the editing process so much easier and more enjoyable. "
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    #10Ocenaudio

    Ocenaudio
    Free audio editor for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 (64 bits) also apt to less expert editors. Ocenaudio is a good audio software both for beginners and advanced users.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Matthew Lawson
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "This looks like a good audio player, but I was a little confused by the website. The homepage has a giant picture of the audio player in the middle with buttons that look like they would be clickable. But, it's actually just a picture and has no clickability or functional at all, even as a link to the "about" page. You have to search for the tiny link text at the top of the screen to read about the product and download it. It has a large download button at the bottom of other pages. There should also be a large download button right on the homepage. The other parts of the website seemed fine. There are an impressive number of download options for Windows, Mac, and million flavors of Linux. "
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    #11Gilisoft Audio Toolkit Suite

    Gilisoft Audio Toolkit Suite

    Gilisoft Audio Toolkit Suite is a pack which includes the following software: Audio Converter Ripper, Audio Recorder Pro, Audio Editor and MP3 CD Maker. This pack allows you to convert, copy, create, rip and burn your CDs and audio files.

    Software

    Windows

    $139.99

    winfilelocker
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "#1 Audio Toolkit Suite is able to do almost every audio ripping, converting, burning, and editing imaginable. With it, you can easily convert and edit any audio files, rip, create and copy CD, convert audio files, burn music to CD, rip CD to different audio files, etc."
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    #12SOUND FORGE Pro 12

    SOUND FORGE Pro 12

    SOUND FORGE Pro 12 is an advanced audio waveform editor software which features VST3 effect support, music effects and plug-ins, multichannel recording and editing, and comes with a 64-bit version.

    Software

    Windows

    $399

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    #13SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 365

    SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 365

    SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 365 is a software for editing audio and music. This features various effects, synths, instruments, recorder, restoration and mastering tools, new event tool, and surround 5.1 editing.

    Software

    Windows

    $3.39

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    #14SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 13

    SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 13

    SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 13 is a software program to edit audio files in order to record, restore, remaster, and add various effects such as digitizing, as well as six audio channel features.

    Software

    Windows

    $68.12

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Summary

Best What are the best audio editing software for Windows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1WavePad Audio EditorSoftware 25 Free
2CubaseSoftware 18 Paid
3AudacitySoftware 17 Free
4ArdourSoftware 17 Free
5FL StudioSoftware 14 Paid
6Switch Audio File ConverterSoftware 13 Free
7Adobe AuditionSoftware 10 Paid
8Studio OneSoftware 8 Paid
9WaveshopSoftware 4 Free
10OcenaudioSoftware 3 Free
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