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jeremy 01-12-2011 04:14 PM

Audio Authoring Application of the Year
Which app do you prefer for authoring and editing audio?


Linux.tar.gz 01-13-2011 10:57 AM

Ardour. Not 100% reliable yet, but amazingly powerful.

kzpm 01-17-2011 11:55 AM

LMMS, Hydrogen, Audacity all great apps!

savotije 01-21-2011 09:07 PM


spud_linux 02-01-2011 11:07 PM

Ardour - amazingly powerful - awesome features.
Highly recommended!

sag47 02-02-2011 10:03 AM

Audacity meets all my filtering needs.

stevethefiddle 02-02-2011 12:27 PM

A difficult choice between a group of excellent applications, but I've got to go for Audacity for its versatility and power combined with ease of use. Probably the best all round audio authoring application for beginners and remaining as an indispensable tool for media professionals.

arubin 02-03-2011 02:37 PM

Audacity but there are things that can only be done with Mp3 Direct Cut running in Wine.

stevethefiddle 02-04-2011 04:19 AM


Originally Posted by arubin (Post 4247507)
Audacity but there are things that can only be done with Mp3 Direct Cut running in Wine.

I think the only thing that Mp3 Direct Cut does that Audacity doesn't is cutting (trim/split) MP3 files without decoding them. Other operations such as fade an normalize require decoding/re-encoding of the MP3 and are handled effortlessly by Audacity (along with dozens of other effects).

I generally prefer to use programs that run natively on Linux, so rather than Mp3 Direct Cut I prefer to us Mp3Split (command line) or Mp3Split-gtk (graphical interface). SoX may also be able to losslessly split MP3s but I'm not sure that it splits MP3s losslessly. (I'm surprised that SoX isn't in the shortlist, but I guess that is due to the trend toward GUI applications).

arubin 02-04-2011 04:50 AM

Mp3 Direct Cut can also amplify and fade without having to re-encode the file. If I want to do lossless amplification I first load into Audacity to determine how much I can amplify without clipping but I do the amplification in Mp3 Direct Cut. I am not aware that this can be done by audacity without re-encoding

stevethefiddle 02-05-2011 07:53 AM

I didn't find the description on the MP3DirectCut web-site totally clear on the issue about amplification and fade, but yes you're right arubin, these effects are done without re-encoding.

Kenny_Strawn 02-05-2011 11:21 AM

Ardour is my first choice; Audacity is my second. Both seem to fit my needs.

tacticalbread 02-07-2011 01:08 AM

Renoise all the way. <3

But for pure audio, Audacity gets my vote.

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