Full-featured audio editor

Create your musical masterpiece with this versatile program.

Cool Music Record Edit Station is a multifeatured program that allows users to record and edit audio files. Although it may seem overwhelming to the beginner, its many options are sure to please more-advanced users.

The program's interface is generally well-organized, but it contains a lot of small buttons that give it a slightly cluttered appearance. Fortunately, mouse-over tool tips reveal each button's function. Once an audio file is loaded into the program, either from the user's computer or by making a new recording, the program displays a waveform view of the data. From there, users can make all kinds of changes: cutting and pasting portions of the recording, reducing noise, adding a variety of delay effects, and much, much more. The program also allows users to convert files into a wide variety of different formats. The program's Help file is fairly detailed and even contains a section "For Newbie," but newbies should be careful. Although we do think that the program is suitable for beginners, there's not a lot of hand-holding on here; users who don't already know what they're doing are going to have to go through some trial and error. That's likely true of any audio editor, though, and overall, we found the program to be jam-packed with features and fairly easy to use.

Cool Music Record Edit Station has a 30-day trial period. It installs politely but leaves a file behind upon removal. We recommend this program to ambitious beginners and beyond.

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