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Free audio recording software can be just as effective as purchased software depending on your needs.
You can have your own recording studio right on your computer. I have listed and reviewed 4 different types of free recording software.
Let's look at Audacity, Kristal Audio Engine, Quartz Audiomaster and Anvil Studio. You can download all four types of free recording studio software or read about each and choose one. Let's get started!
I have used Audacity for both recording and editing. Very easy to use and extremely reliable. It is available for most operating systems and is free audio recording software.
You can use Audacity to:
-Record with a microphone, a line input, or USB/Firewire interfaces.
-Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
-Add new effects with VST and Audio Unit effect plug-ins.
-Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
-Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
-Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
View and Download Audacity
Kristal Audio Engine is another type of free music recording software. It's a powerful multi-track recorder, audio sequencer and mixer which is ideal for anyone wanting to get started with recording, mixing and mastering digital audio.
It's designed as a modular system. The main application provides a mixing console, while the audio sequencer, live audio input and so on are loaded as separate Plug-Ins.
16 audio tracks; 32 Bit floating point audio engine; 44.1 to 192 kHz sample rate*
Downmix to 16/24/32 Bit audio files
3-band parametric EQ & 2 VST insert slots per channel
3 VST master effect slots
ASIO low latency audio driver support
Supported file formats: WAVE, AIFF, FLAC, OGG Vorbis
Quartz AudioMaster Freeware will allow you to record, edit, mix, share and deliver your productions driving a fully integrated 4 tracks digital mixer, recorder, sound and time line editor in perfect synch with a 16 tracks MIDI sequencer.
4 audio tracks; 1 Audio Inputs (2 channels); 1 Audio Ouputs (2 channels)
16/24 bits / 32->44.1 Khz sample rate
2 Aux Buses; Quartz Plug-in Support
4 Quartz Plug-ins supplied: Stereo Delay, Chorus, Phaser, Reverb
Per-track fixed frequency 3 band EQ
Mixdown to stereo file; Mpeg 3 Decoder
Video File Sync; Karaoke lyrics viewer
View and Download Quartz Audiomaster
Anvil Studio is another option in free sound recording software. It's a free Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/ME/98 program designed for people who want to: record, compose or sequence music with MIDI and Audio equipment or Play with music using a computer and sound card.
Editors: Staff, Lyrics, Piano Roll, Drum, Loops, Audio, Events.
File formats: standard .MID and .WAV files.
Includes extensive integrated help.
Piano Roll / Rhythm editor
Per-track On/Mute/Solo, device, instrument, channel, fader, pan, and effects controls.
Record audio tracks from any sound card's Mono, Left, Right or Stereo channels, from any audio interface's source including Microphone, Line-In, CD-Audio, etc.
Audio effects: native reverb, native EQ, third-party DirectX effects.
Sequencing as MIDI Master or Slave
Unlimited number of MIDI Tracks.
View and Download Anvil Studio