It’s an expensive habit, being a musician. If you’re serious about your trade, you’re likely to spend plenty of money on essential recording equipment, the instruments and more. With this in mind, you’ll be pleased to know that there are some excellent digital recording software that’s available for free, if you’re a Windows user.
The cherry-picked ones, in no particular order are:
- Wavosaur Free Audio Editor
- KRISTAL Audio Engine
- Quartz AudioMaster
Audacity is a popular software among budding musicians with plenty of features and is free to use. It has an open source license and is extremely light-weight, making it perfectly usable even on older computers (if some of you out there are on a student’s budget!). Audacity supports various codecs including MP3, WAV, OGG and AIFF sound files.
You can just about use Audacity for all your audio requirements.
Wavosaur Free Audio Editor
Wavosaur does it all, as a free sound and audio editor. You can also use it as a WAV editor for editing, processing and recording sounds which can be output to MP3 files. It also has a sample rate of up to 192 kHz and does not contain an installer, thereby sparing your Windows registry. Another excellent software that’s free to use.
KRISTAL Audio Engine
While a commercial license is available, KRISTAL is entirely free for personal, educational and non-commercial usage. Rejoice!
As a modular system, it contains a mixing console with sequencers, live audio inputs and other features are available as add-ons (also free). If you’re a musician who is new to the world of recording and mixing, KRISTAL is a good choice.
Packed with features to the brim, Quartz AudioMaster also includes MIDI sequencing for those who prefer it and makes for a capable software which help you record, mix, compose and share music on your Windows computer.