7 best tools to edit audio files in Windows 10

By: Madeleine Dean
7 minute read

If you like playing with sounds, you need a powerful audio editor. Whether you want to create your own ringtones or simply create and edit music, a reliable tool to edit audio files will always ease your work. There are many audio editors available on the market, and you should choose the one that best suits your needs.

When choosing an audio editor, you should first have in mind the purpose you’re going to use that tool for. Then, you should go through the list of features and see if a particular audio editing tool meets your needs. User feedback is also important, as it gives you more information about what the actual user experience is.

In this article, we’re going to take into consideration all these elements and list the best tools to edit audio files in Windows 10.

Here are the best audio editors for Windows 10


WavePad Audio (recommended)

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WavePad Audio is a professional audio editing software that offers more features than you’ll possibility have the time to test. You can cut, copy and paste parts of recordings, and then add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. WavePad supports almost all audio files which means you can always rely on this tool to edit even the most obscure file types – WavePad can handle it.

Key features include:

  • Integrated VST plugin support for access to thousands of additional tools and effects
  • Batch processing allows you to apply effects and/or convert thousands of files as a single function
  • Scrub, search and bookmark audio for precise editing
  • Create bookmarks and regions to find, recall and assemble segments of long audio files
  • Spectral analysis (FFT), speech synthesis (text-to-speech), and voice changer.

–  Download it now from the official website


Image Line FL12 (recommended)

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FL Studio is a very powerful audio editor perfect for music professionals. This tool is a software music production environment that packs all the features you need to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music.

You can notice the complexity of this tool from the moment you launch it, all the features are neatly grouped into categories and the lower part of the software’s screen looks like the mix studio of a professional artist. Long story short, you should install FL Studio 12 only if you create or edit music, otherwise any of the audio editors mentioned above will do.

Key features include:

  • Fits any screen size or resolution you use
  • Multi-touch capability extends to the Mixer
  • Multiple drag and drop for audio files onto Playlist (from a Windows file browser)
  • Detachable windows: put any window, even the top menu bar where you like on the screen.
  • Lifetime free updates.

Download now the free version of FL Studio
– Buy one of the 3 paid software versions for $99.00, $199.00 and $299.00


Audacity

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Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. This feature-rich tool is one of the most reliable and powerful audio editors currently available on the market. It is constantly updated, and each version of Audacity will definitely bring a better user experience.

Audacity can not only edit audio files, but also record audio content. It can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, digitize recordings from other media, and also capture streaming audio.

Key features include:

  • Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings
  • Export your recordings in many different file formats, including multiple files at once
  • Supports the following formats: WAV, AIFF, AU, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, GSM 6.10, 32-bit and 64-bit float WAV, RF64, U/A-Law, MP2, MP3, AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC) and WMA
  • Edit easily with scrubbing and seeking or Timeline Quick-Play
  • Multiple clip editing is supported
  • Draw tool to alter individual sample points
  • Automatic crash recovery in the event of abnormal program termination
  • Effects such as: noise reduction, alter frequencies, reduce or isolate vocals, other built-in effects.

You can read more about Audacity’s features on the tool’s official page. Before you download Audacity, make sure that all enabled devices have Windows 10-compatible drivers, otherwise the audio editor may fail to function.


Adobe Audition

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Adobe is well-known for its PDF Reader, but the company also offers a powerful audio editor called Adobe Audition. This tools allows you to edit your audio files like a pro: you can mix, edit, and create audio content with a tool that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display. Your audio files will have a pristine sound thanks to Adobe Audition.

Let’s see what this tool can do:

  • Record audio files
  • Import audio files and browse media
  • Remove noise from audio files: use the Paintbrush selection tool to select the unwanted noise and simply remove it
  • Remove background noise, and “heal” your files automatically before you export them.

Adobe Audition is a part of Adobe Creative Cloud and offers professional-level editing features for your audio files. The software’s user interface is similar to that of other Adobe products, and this will help you to quickly get started with the tool. Tutorials are available for various editing tasks, helping you to better understand what Adobe Audition can do.

You can buy Adobe Audition for $26.80 from Adobe or sign up for a free trial. We recommend you buy this tool if you’re going to use it for professional purposes. For non-professional usage, you can use one of the free audio editors listed in this article.


Lexis Audio Editor

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Lexis Audio Editor is perhaps the most user-friendly audio editor available for Windows 10. Its interface is very simple and easy to use, and the black background protects your eyes during long audio editing sessions.

Lexis Audio Editor allows you to create new audio records or edit audio files. You can then save the files in one of the 4 audio formats available. Indeed, the file format variety is not that impressive, but the tool compensates through its reliability and the audio editing options it offers.

Key features include:

  • Cut, copy and paste
  • Delete, insert silence, trim, fade in, fade out
  • Normalizing, noise reduction
  • Record into existing file, import file into existing file
  • Mixes the current file with another file
  • 10 band equalizer
  • Compressor
  • Change tempo, speed, pitch
  • Audioformats: mp3 (-320kb/s), wav (16 Bit PCM), wma (-192kb/s) and m4a (-192kb/s).

You can try the trial version of the tool which includes all the features of the paid version except for the possibility to save audio files in MP3 format. You can buy Lexis Audio Editor for $6.99 from the Windows Store.


Free Audio Editor

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Free Audio Editor is a powerful tool for editing and enhancing your audio files. According to the official description of this tool, this is the number #1 free audio editing software. After going through the full list of features, we think this statement is not at all exaggerated.

Free Audio Editor allows you to edit audio files using the traditional Waveform View or the frequency-based Spectral Display to quickly isolate and remove unwanted noise. Thanks to the selection tool, you can select and edit audio files with millisecond precision. If you’re working with low-quality audio content, you can use one of the tools available to remove the noise and reveal crystal-clear sounds.

Free Audio Editor lets you remove imperfections such as ums, hiss, pops, clicks, rustles, chirps, shuffles, buzz and creaks using the best noise reduction tools available. It also reduce the cassette noise and voice breath noise.

More than 30 native signal and effects processing engines are available, and the real-time preview enables you to hear the results while creating the final version of the file.

Key features include:

  • More than 25 audio formats supported
  • The built-in audio CD burner lets you create your own custom music
  • Bookmark function to simplify the editing process by inserting anchors
  • Built-in text-to-speech tool
  • Frequency analysis and amplitude statistics
  • Keyboard shortcuts.

You can download the Free Audio Editor from the tool’s official page.


Oceanaudio

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Oceanaudio is an impressive Windows 10 audio editor suitable for regular audio file processing. If you’re looking for a fast and easy to use audio editor, then Oceanaudio is the right choice for you. As the tool’s developers confirm it, Oceanaudio is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications. Experienced users will also enjoy using this tool thanks to the advance features it packs.

Oceanaudio is not intrusive and always remains responsive, no matter how many files are open. For this tool, the user comes first, as it focuses primarily on usability, offering intuitive audio editing and analysis features.

Key features include:

  • Real time preview : you can hear the processed signal while adjusting the controls
  • Cross-platform support
  • Simultaneously select different portions of an audio file and listen, edit or even apply an effect to them
  • No limit to the length or the quantity of the audio files you can edit.

You can download Oceanaudio for free from the software’s official page.


As you can see, the audio editing tools listed in this article share common features, but they also have unique, specialized features suitable for particular editing tasks. We hope this list helped you to decide which audio editor to install on your Windows 10 device.

Editor’s Note – this article has been originally published in September, 2016. We have recently updated it to include even more apps and software to edit audio files for Windows PC users.

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