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Music Editing Master

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Music Editing Master

Audacity

Most audio editors are designed for musicians with a bias towards wave files--the file format used by pros. However, Music Editing Master (MEM from here on in) is slanted more towards the average user with features like ripping audio tracks from CDs, PC video files (any type supported with a DirectShow filter), and even DVD movies. If you ever wanted to pull a quote from a movie for use as a ring tone, you'll appreciate the latter. The program also shows its consumer bent with support for file types such as MP4, DSP (voice), and G.726 (voice) files.

MEM lets you work on only one audio track at once (many editors allow you to open multiple tracks for cut and pasting) but the usual bag of FX such as chorus and reverb as well as editing functions like re-sampling, cut, paste, insert silence, normalize, and fade are on hand. You can edit or apply FX to the entire file, or limit them to sections you select by dragging the mouse. There are tool bays on the left of the program window, but the smallish icons drove me to their menu equivalents.

Music Editing Master is an extremely competent, consumer-grade wave editor (all files are treated as raw wave files when being edited) with more than enough features for the average user. And as I said, it's a lot easier to use than Audacity.

Note: The demo version only allows you to save a portion of a file. You'll have to ante up to save everything.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Music Editing Master

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