Program4PC's DJ Audio Editor supports many file types, and not just audio but also video formats like DVD and Blu-ray. It can record audio from your PC, including sound card input from microphones and analog sources such as CD players and tape recorders. It can add effects and cut, join, copy, and paste files to create everything from ringtones to soundtracks. You'll need headphones, speakers, or some means of monitoring audio, but no special equipment is needed to use DJ Audio Editor in Windows XP to 8. You can try DJ Audio Editor for free with limited Save abilities.
Audio editor interfaces generally try to look like a pro mixing console, but some have a more familiar and easier to understand Explorer-style layout. DJ Audio Editor is one of these: Windows-style toolbar on top; media player controls at the bottom; and dual spectral displays, one for each stereo channel, in between. Getting started is no problem: Just click the huge arrow, browse the Open File dialog to a digital audio file, and select it. We started big with a 41.5MB WAV; enough to choke inferior tools, but DJ Audio Editor handled it with ease. We could extract clips, apply effects like vibrato, delay, phaser, and time shift, and more. High/Low/Bandpass, Notch, and other Filters make it possible to simulate crossover networks, correct reflections, and limit peak response, among many other possibilities.
Despite the trial version's limits, we did get a good feel for the tool. While it's easy to use and does a good job, DJ Audio Editor is lite on features and options compared to many freeware audio editors. Needs vary, and this or another premium tool might meet yours. Try DJ Audio Editor before you buy, but try some of the free editors, too.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of DJ Audio Editor 4.8.