Best Sound Editing in 2020



SONARWORKS Reference 4 Studio Edition Speaker, Monitor, and Headphone Calibration Software with Measurement Microphone Review:


Face it, every monitoring environment is colored by the physical space including my unique spot. I was intrigued by the SW idea and downloaded the trial with headphone profiles. I have Sennheiser 380 Pro HP’s which were included. Higher end headphone profiles are available for extra $$$. My results with headphones frankly were mixed, partly due to my confusion and unanswered questions about the product. I use the Senni’s to check mixes and NR. There are other companies who make similar products like IK Multimedia’s ARC.

Package arrived, nicely boxed. The mic is high quality and tied to the software via unique mic code. There is no software ITB. I had difficulty with setup and authorization but I made the mistake of uninstalling the trial and re-downloading thinking it as full version. Don’t be me… Use the upgrade within the trial if you buy in.

The measurement software worked beautifully! I recommend setting the mic on a stand. Software guides you with blips to proper mic placement and then takes measurements. The software made 20+ measurements. The software saved my profile which is loaded into the SW “system-wide” or as a vst plugin. In my case, system is configured to output to the Soundworks virtual device and then you set up hardware output within the SW software. In a DAW, you strap the vst plugin as the last plugin on your master output. Don’t forget to disable it when rendering. The software accurately measured exact distances between speakers and in and out of my “listening place”. 3D spacing, impressive right?

You can run SW on 3 machines which means I can take my portable setup into an environment, measure the space, load that profile and have a reasonable idea of what is “flat”. Audio experts and IMHO, agree that a playback with flat response consistently relates to a wider range of devices, headphones and speakers. The end result of Soundworks engineering was enlightening. Lots of engineering put in and a little room for improvement.

The company checked in often via friendly emails during trial to see how it was going, but oddly did not answer important questions in multiple emails. Companies, take notice, no matter how great your product is, get back to the customer during trial. Lose a star. Trust? question is? What is flat? SW? Experiments next...



Beat Making Music Software Pro Pack - Best Music Production DAW + 5Gb of Sounds & Audio Plugins for Windows PC & MAC 2019 (2 Disc Set) Review:


I have been making beats and recording for over 2 decades and this software is unlike any other I have used. Perfect, easy interface, and everything you need to make it happen at your fingertips.



Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 Review:


I bought this program for one purpose; to digitize my vinyl collection, and it does an excellent job! It nicely walks you through the process of recording your albums step by step, offers an option of 'cleaning up' the recording (ie; removing some pops etc.), and automatically sets tracks at the 'gaps' between songs so you can just put a disc on and let it play through a side, without having to individually record each track. You also have the option to save the file in numerous types of common sound types, depending on your preference. I've only dabbled with it so far and haven't gotten very deep into all of it's options, of which it has lots and lots - it appears to be a hugely complex program with a lot of editing, processing, and FX, but that's way beyond anything I need.

But that's also the only real problem I've found with it - it offers all the incredibly complex options and abilities, but doesn't come with a manual that really explains them all. It DOES have the standard 'Online Manual' access, but I'm the type who's always liked to sit down with a manual and study. I'd like a manual that explains all the highly technical terms and their uses in the rows of menus - this may or may not be a problem for you.

So in my opinion it's a good, pretty easy program for beginners but also offers a lot of depth to get into if you're interested in growing with it. For the price, I can give it a solid recommendation.

PS - my OS is Windows 8.1 and it works perfectly with it.



Music Editing Software for Recording Production Mixing & Beat Making Bundle - DAW, Audio Plugins, 7Gb Sound Pack on 32Gb USB (Windows PC & Mac) Review:


I have just started playing with my new toys.....to be honest...for the price I was honestly expecting to get a few junk plug-ins to fool around with, which came to be furthest from the truth, you get a TON of quality plug-ins as well as they're own DAW...look forward to sharing my first project!

Thanks guyz sincerely,
Troy Crosky



Audacity® Audio Recorder and Editor - Your professional sound studio for recording, editing and playing all common audio files: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3, OGG Vorbis I For PC + Mac Review:


Like the artwork and presentation, but as most others complain, it's a free program. At half the price, they could make a profit selling the version they had pressed onto CD. As far as it goes, the program is a Godsend. Cakewalk sold out and Pyro is no longer available or supported. The ability to edit audio file is great. Sometimes a song is too long and a little snip is helpful. Would like to see ability to edit karaoke formats added.



Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 [Download] Review:


I purchased this software to add to my notebook PC so I can record our group in various locations. The smaller program size is beneficial. I also own and use Sound Forge Pro (with CD Architect and Noise Reduction components) on the home-based desktop. A real advantage for me is to be able to work on the same file with both products. The menu selections are similar. So, there's almost no learning curve, as knowing how to use one product makes it easier to use the other. The iZotope products are an added plus for the Audio Studio, especially the "audio exciter," which adds some needed "air" to dull-sounding transcriptions. A good product with great features. Highly recommended.



MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 2013 [Download] Review:


Put the dark days of free software behind you. Right here is "HOLY COW!" in a box. You might be faithful to your tools by NCH or other but, ACL takes a tiny amount of effort to begin to learn and, once you do, you will begin to make your recordings sound professionally processed, crisp, loud, and clean. Whatever else you are using isn't going to stand up to this. Nothing beats a great recording but, when all you have is a noisy recording, this software will help you to specifically target the many different types of noise without destroying the audio and turning it into something machine-like. Whether I've needed to process video audio, remove the teeth sucking sounds from someone giving a speech, or master a single and give it that big booming sound that makes it ready for purchase online or radio play, I've used ACL with fantastic success. Even if you start out only using the presets, you're going to be shocked at how awesome the results are. They really should call it, Audio Cleaning & Mastering Lab. This software is equally powerful in both departments. Most every action you can take in this is non-destructive (will not alter your original audio signal). Those few times when it is destructive, you will be warned. I've used the undo after trying something destructive and didn't have a problem because ACL has kind of an alternative meaning of destructive. It actually makes an altered copy and changes the project's focus to that altered copy so, hitting the undo arrow changes the focus back to the original recording again. You will be able to make precision repairs using the powerful zoom and working in spectral view. Keep in mind, though ACL will record, this is not for tracking and mixing. For that, you'll want a digital audio workstation (DAW) like Pro Tools, Acid, Mixcraft, Cubase, Reaper, Cakewalk, FL Studio, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reason, and so many more.

These are products I use, and have reviewed, with this item. To read my other reviews, click the link "See all my reviews" which is next to my name:

Acoustica Mixcraft Pro Studio 6 Academic

CAD Audio MH310 Closed-Back Studio Headphones



Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 Review:


I purchased this software to add to my notebook PC so I can record our group in various locations. The smaller program size is beneficial. I also own and use Sound Forge Pro (with CD Architect and Noise Reduction components) on the home-based desktop. A real advantage for me is to be able to work on the same file with both products. The menu selections are similar. So, there's almost no learning curve, as knowing how to use one product makes it easier to use the other. The iZotope products are an added plus for the Audio Studio, especially the "audio exciter," which adds some needed "air" to dull-sounding transcriptions. A good product with great features. Highly recommended.