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Best Audio Editing Software for 2021

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 your audio files.

Audio editing software comparison chart for 2021

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6
Sound Forge Audio Studio 15
Blaze Media 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
NCH WavePad Masters Edition has been awarded best buy Product image of nch wavepad masters edition Product image of dexster audio editor Product image of magix music maker 2021 plus edition Product image of acoustica premium 7.2 Product image of sound forge audio studio 15 Product image of blaze media pro

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Ratings
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Overall
nch wavepad masters edition has a rating of five  overall dexster audio editor has a rating of five  overall magix music maker 2021 plus edition has a rating of five  overall acoustica premium 7.2 has a rating of four  overall sound forge audio studio 15 has a rating of four  overall blaze media pro has a rating of four  overall
Setup
nch wavepad masters edition has a rating of five for setup dexster audio editor has a rating of five for setup magix music maker 2021 plus edition has a rating of five for setup acoustica premium 7.2 has a rating of four for setup sound forge audio studio 15 has a rating of four for setup blaze media pro has a rating of three for setup
Audio editing
nch wavepad masters edition has a rating of four for audio editing dexster audio editor has a rating of four for audio editing magix music maker 2021 plus edition has a rating of four for audio editing acoustica premium 7.2 has a rating of four for audio editing sound forge audio studio 15 has a rating of three for audio editing blaze media pro has a rating of four for audio editing
Audio recording
nch wavepad masters edition has a rating of five for audio recording dexster audio editor has a rating of five for audio recording magix music maker 2021 plus edition has a rating of five for audio recording acoustica premium 7.2 has a rating of five for audio recording sound forge audio studio 15 has a rating of four for audio recording blaze media pro has a rating of three for audio recording
Features
nch wavepad masters edition has a rating of four for features dexster audio editor has a rating of four for features magix music maker 2021 plus edition has a rating of five for features acoustica premium 7.2 has a rating of four for features sound forge audio studio 15 has a rating of three for features blaze media pro has a rating of four for features
Ease of use
nch wavepad masters edition has a rating of five for ease of use dexster audio editor has a rating of four for ease of use magix music maker 2021 plus edition has a rating of four for ease of use acoustica premium 7.2 has a rating of three for ease of use sound forge audio studio 15 has a rating of five for ease of use blaze media pro has a rating of four for ease of use
Help & support
nch wavepad masters edition has a rating of five for help & support dexster audio editor has a rating of four for help & support magix music maker 2021 plus edition has a rating of five for help & support acoustica premium 7.2 has a rating of four for help & support sound forge audio studio 15 has a rating of four for help & support blaze media pro has a rating of four 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 masters edition supports .aac dexster audio editor supports .aac magix music maker 2021 plus edition does not support .aac acoustica premium 7.2 supports .aac sound forge audio studio 15 supports .aac blaze media pro supports .aac
.AIF
nch wavepad masters edition supports .aif dexster audio editor supports .aif magix music maker 2021 plus edition supports .aif acoustica premium 7.2 supports .aif sound forge audio studio 15 supports .aif blaze media pro supports .aif
.AU
nch wavepad masters edition does not support .au dexster audio editor supports .au magix music maker 2021 plus edition does not support .au acoustica premium 7.2 does not support .au sound forge audio studio 15 supports .au blaze media pro supports .au
.M4A
nch wavepad masters edition supports .m4a dexster audio editor supports .m4a magix music maker 2021 plus edition supports .m4a acoustica premium 7.2 supports .m4a sound forge audio studio 15 supports .m4a blaze media pro supports .m4a
.MIDI
nch wavepad masters edition supports .midi dexster audio editor supports .midi magix music maker 2021 plus edition supports .midi acoustica premium 7.2 supports .midi sound forge audio studio 15 supports .midi blaze media pro supports .midi
.MP3
nch wavepad masters edition supports .mp3 dexster audio editor supports .mp3 magix music maker 2021 plus edition supports .mp3 acoustica premium 7.2 supports .mp3 sound forge audio studio 15 supports .mp3 blaze media pro supports .mp3
.OGG Vorbis
nch wavepad masters edition supports .ogg vorbis dexster audio editor supports .ogg vorbis magix music maker 2021 plus edition supports .ogg vorbis acoustica premium 7.2 supports .ogg vorbis sound forge audio studio 15 supports .ogg vorbis blaze media pro supports .ogg vorbis
.VOX
nch wavepad masters edition supports .vox dexster audio editor supports .vox magix music maker 2021 plus edition supports .vox acoustica premium 7.2 supports .vox sound forge audio studio 15 supports .vox blaze media pro supports .vox
.WAV
nch wavepad masters edition supports .wav dexster audio editor supports .wav magix music maker 2021 plus edition supports .wav acoustica premium 7.2 supports .wav sound forge audio studio 15 supports .wav blaze media pro supports .wav
.WMA
nch wavepad masters edition supports .wma dexster audio editor supports .wma magix music maker 2021 plus edition supports .wma acoustica premium 7.2 supports .wma sound forge audio studio 15 supports .wma blaze media pro supports .wma
Output
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Help & support
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Telephone support
nch wavepad masters edition offers telephone support dexster audio editor does not offer telephone support magix music maker 2021 plus edition offers telephone support acoustica premium 7.2 offers telephone support sound forge audio studio 15 does not offer telephone support blaze media pro offers telephone support
Email support
nch wavepad masters edition offers email support dexster audio editor does not offer email support magix music maker 2021 plus edition offers email support acoustica premium 7.2 offers email support sound forge audio studio 15 does not offer email support blaze media pro offers email support
Live chat
nch wavepad masters edition offers live chat dexster audio editor does not offer live chat magix music maker 2021 plus edition does not offer live chat acoustica premium 7.2 offers live chat sound forge audio studio 15 does not offer live chat blaze media pro does not offer live chat
Manual
nch wavepad masters edition offers manual dexster audio editor offers manual magix music maker 2021 plus edition offers manual acoustica premium 7.2 offers manual sound forge audio studio 15 does not offer manual blaze media pro does not offer manual
Knowledge base
nch wavepad masters edition offers knowledge base dexster audio editor does not offer knowledge base magix music maker 2021 plus edition offers knowledge base acoustica premium 7.2 offers knowledge base sound forge audio studio 15 does not offer knowledge base blaze media pro offers knowledge base
Forums
nch wavepad masters edition offers forums dexster audio editor offers forums magix music maker 2021 plus edition offers forums acoustica premium 7.2 offers forums sound forge audio studio 15 offers forums blaze media pro does not offer forums
Tutorials
nch wavepad masters edition offers tutorials dexster audio editor offers tutorials magix music maker 2021 plus edition offers tutorials acoustica premium 7.2 offers tutorials sound forge audio studio 15 offers tutorials blaze media pro does not offer tutorials
FAQs
nch wavepad masters edition offers faqs dexster audio editor offers faqs magix music maker 2021 plus edition offers faqs acoustica premium 7.2 does not offer faqs sound forge audio studio 15 offers faqs blaze media pro offers faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 10
nch wavepad masters edition  windows 10 dexster audio editor  windows 10 magix music maker 2021 plus edition  windows 10 acoustica premium 7.2  windows 10 sound forge audio studio 15  windows 10 blaze media pro  windows 10
Windows 8
nch wavepad masters edition  windows 8 dexster audio editor  windows 8 magix music maker 2021 plus edition  windows 8 acoustica premium 7.2  windows 8 sound forge audio studio 15  windows 8 blaze media pro  windows 8
Windows 7
nch wavepad masters edition is compatible with windows 7 dexster audio editor is compatible with windows 7 magix music maker 2021 plus edition is compatible with windows 7 acoustica premium 7.2 is compatible with windows 7 sound forge audio studio 15 is compatible with windows 7 blaze media pro is not compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
nch wavepad masters edition is compatible with windows vista dexster audio editor is compatible with windows vista magix music maker 2021 plus edition is compatible with windows vista acoustica premium 7.2 is compatible with windows vista sound forge audio studio 15 is compatible with windows vista blaze media pro is compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
nch wavepad masters edition is compatible with windows xp dexster audio editor is compatible with windows xp magix music maker 2021 plus edition is compatible with windows xp acoustica premium 7.2 is compatible with windows xp sound forge audio studio 15 is compatible with windows xp blaze media pro is compatible with windows xp
Mac OS X
nch wavepad masters edition is compatible with mac os x dexster audio editor is not compatible with mac os x magix music maker 2021 plus edition is compatible with mac os x acoustica premium 7.2 is compatible with mac os x sound forge audio studio 15 is not compatible with mac os x blaze media 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 Masters Edition
Dexster Audio Editor
MAGIX Music Maker 2021 Plus Edition
Acoustica Premium 7.2
Sound Forge Audio Studio 15
Blaze Media Pro