Audio Editing Apps- Top Ten

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Need to edit your audio?

There are any number of reasons why someone would need an app that does recording and editing of audio files. A band might want to put together a quick file to use for promotional purposes. Someone might want to do a compilation of various songs into something to woo someone with.  There’s also the fun use of adding effects to voices and songs just to see what the result will sound like. Whether for fun or for something productive the following 10 apps (not listed in any particular order) are some of the favourites that can be used on mobile devices. Obviously there are extremely powerful audio editing programs out there to use on computers but these can be useful as well, especially when mobility is a factor.

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1. TwistedWave Audio Editor by TwistedWave

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twistedwave-audio-editor/id401438496?mt=8

Android: Not Available

Developer: http://twistedwave.com/

 

TwistedWave is available for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Online usage but not for Android devices at this time. Users can import/export audio with iTunes, import from iPod library, send by email, send to some other applications or upload to an FTP account. It has WAV, AIFF, CAF, AAC and MP3 audio support. Effects available are fade in/out, delay, compressor/limiter, pitch shifting/time stretching, amplify or normalize the audio to a given level and filter to adjust the level of the low or high frequencies. The newest update added the ability to use external speakers through an AirPlay, Bluetooth or HDMI connection.  At just under $10 and being an easy app to use this app is a favorite for many users.

 

 

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2. WavePad (Pocket WavePad for iPhone, WavePad Free Audio Editor for Android)

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-wavepad/id395339564?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nchsoftware.pocketwavepad_free&hl=en Developer: http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/index.html

 

This company has audio editing software for a variety of devices – for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle. The mobile apps are free which seems to be shocking for some users that would have happily paid for this app (shh, don’t tell the developers!) A feature this app has that some other mobile audio editors do not is the ability to work with multiple files. Great for making recordings on the go, quickly edit such as to filter background noise and then store or send the recordings. There are plenty of editing capabilities including cut, copy, paste, insert and trim.

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3. GarageBand by Apple

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id408709785?mt=8

Android: Not Available

Developer: http://www.apple.com/apps/garageband/

 

This app is an absolute necessity for anyone that likes to create music. Not only can users record their own performances but they can also use the app like a musical instrument itself. This app turns one device into dozens of musical instruments so users can have a real jam session. The ability to create music anywhere is something any musician can appreciate. Add to that the ability to edit audio files and you have a real useful tool. The app also has the ability to store music to iCloud which means never losing a precious song again. There are plenty of things to do with those musical creations – save as ringtones and alerts, email to friends, share on Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud, export it to iTunes library on Mac or PC and more.

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4. Micro DJ Free by Psycho Bear Studios

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/micro-dj-free-party-music/id530990324?mt=8

Android: Not Available

Developer: Not Available

 

While not a powerhouse of an app it can be fun to use when hanging out with friends. The app lets you take music from your phone’s library and perform some simple editing effects to it. They also have a pro version which eliminates ads. The app is easy to use so even someone unfamiliar with audio editing can operate it without difficulty. One cute feature is the ability to alter a song from one gender to the other so here’s your chance to hear how your favorite male music performer would sound as a woman and vice versa. All in all a fun little app that enjoys a 4-star rating by users and well worth the price – free! Good thing it is simple since there doesn’t seem to be any developer support.

 

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5. Recorder & Editor ~ iSaidWhat?! By Tapparatus

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recorder-editor-isaidwhat/id345273683?mt=8

Android: Not Available

Developer: http://tapparatus.com/isaidwhat

 

This is not a free app but with a nearly five-star rating and tons of features it is more than worth the small price tag. It has some special features that not all recorder/editor apps have. First of all it has the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the mic which can be very helpful depending on the other noises in the room. Another benefit of this app is that the developer website is pretty cool and includes a nice video demo showing how to use the app for pulling a bit of a prank on a friend. While this app does have a comical side being presented it is also a great way to record voice notes and lectures and then create snippets of the important parts to listen to later. This could be a great study tool for students for example. There are plenty of ways to import audio files and then rearrange them any way you like. Files can also be shared in a number of ways including email, Facebook, tweet and more.

 

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6. iMashup – Mashup Remix App by Mixed In Key

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imashup-mashup-remix-app/id503804151?mt=8

Android: Not Available

Developer: http://www.imashup.com/

 

For an app under $5 this surprisingly has the feel of a professional quality remixing program. The app lets users utilize any music on their device. The technology involved in mixing between two songs gives users complete control over the end result. There is a helpful tutorial on the developer’s website. The app fee includes not only free lifetime updates but also access for both the iPhone and iPad rather than having to pay for two installations. Created mashups can be shared on Facebook or emailed. Customers have given this app a solid 4.5 stars especially after a recent update added segment looping as well as copy and paste.

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7. Audio Evolution Mobile by eXtream Software Development

Apple:  Not Available

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.extreamsd.aemobile&hl=en

Developer: http://www.audio-evolution.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=32

 

As the last four audio file editing apps listed happen to be available only for Apple devices it seemed time to list one that is only available on Android. This is a powerful multi-track audio recorder with plenty of features for editing.  Since this is an extremely complex app it is recommended that users take some time looking through the online user manual at http://www.audio-evolution.com/manual/doku.php?id=start before beginning. There is also a demo download that is free for users to get a feel for the app before purchasing it. Musicians will be hard pressed to find a more complete audio editing Android app than this one.

 

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8. Cubasis by Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cubasis/id583976519?mt=8

Android: Not Available

Developer: http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/ios_apps/cubasis.html

 

After listing such a grand app for Android it only seems fair to list a comparable Apple audio editing app. This one comes at a price higher than any of the other apps on this list – much higher in fact but that hasn’t stopped it from enjoying plenty of five star ratings from customers. This app is going to make even the professional happy with unlimited audio and MIDI tracks and the ability to record up to 24 tracks simultaneously. Add to that over 70 virtual instrument sounds and over 300 MIDI and audio loops and you have a top of the line app. This app even has Audiobus support which most users consider an absolute necessity. Another thing that makes this a great choice for professionals is the website of the developer. There are plenty of video tutorials on their website and even a couple audio demos.

 

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9. Audioboo by BestBefore Media Ltd

Apple (Audioboo Classic):  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audioboo/id305204540?mt=8

Android (AudioBoo2 beta): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moshen.audioboo2&hl=en

Developer: http://audioboo.fm/

 

For people that have ever listened to a collaborative production such as Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – ‘Lux Aurumque’ (http://youtu.be/D7o7BrlbaDs) it is not difficult to understand the value of an app such as AudioBoo in which a number of individual performers can use the app to create audio clips up to 3 minutes in length and them post to someone that compiles them all together into something truly marvelous. The Android version (in beta) and Audioboo 2 in Apple that both have a few kinks yet to be worked out so it might be a good idea to stick with the Audioboo Classic version for now. Besides making one’s own audio clips (called ‘boos’), users can also listen to boos in the app. Boos can be shared on social networks as well. A great tool for collaboration and crowdsourcing.

 

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10. Hokusai Audio Editor by Wooji Juice Ltd.

Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hokusai-audio-editor/id432079746?mt=8

Android: Not Available

Developer: http://www.wooji-juice.com/products/hokusai/

 

The free version of this app has plenty of audio-editing capabilities but an in-app complete pro pack upgrade is needed for some of the advanced features such as grain synthesis, noise grating, reverb, distortion and pitch bending. This app, even the pro upgrade, is far from being the major app that others are but the fact that it is simple to use makes it a good choice for those that don’t need or want something complex. Start with the free app and then see if you need any of the additional tools. Besides the complete pro pack there are also smaller packs such as a tools pack, FX pack and fun pack.

The bottom line is that these apps range from free and simple to complex and it just depends on how advanced an audiophile is when determining which app works best for them. Some are just for fun, others are for professional work but all are enjoyable to use. The ability to take anything audio and change it, have fun with it and even improve it will speak to one’s imagination. The tools are here, all that is needed is one’s creative mind.

 

 

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