Free Recording Software Recommendations

There's a lot of bad free recording software out there, but in order to make good recordings you need something good, right? 

But what if you don't have the money to plunk down on a software program yet? Try looking at some free recording software. 

It's free, so you can try it out before you decide whether or not you need a better system. Hey, you might even find out that the free stuff does the job perfectly for you. Great! 

The software does not affect the quality of your sound. The mic you use makes a difference because it's analog. Your D/A converter has an impact too (just like anything else in the analog world).

The audio program simply takes digital audio and transcribes it to hard disk. Digital is digital, so it's not affecting it at all. 

However, if you use audio plugins like eq, reverb or compression, you will affect the sound. Remember, plugins you buy will perform better than free versions 

The Free Software

I recommend you try Audacity. It's an open source sound multi track recording program. It's widely known in the audio world. Open source means it's virus/spyware free. (Anyone can get the code to build it and inspect it.)

It's available in Mac or Windows, so you should be able to run it. Do a Google search for Audacity or go to to download. 

Pretty much anything more than Audacity is going to cost something. That's what makes Audacity worth checking out.

Other software programs you should check out include:

These are just a sampling - there are more available. You can search online for them, but you won't need them - if you are serious about recording you will want to be thinking about upgrading to a good system like Pro Tools or Digital Performer. 

How to use your new software?

Using computer recording programs is a subject in itself, and I'll have to do a section on this site about it soon. 

Having problems getting some software working? Let me know, and I'll try to help. 

About the Author Lee Weaver

Lee started his career in recording with an auspicious goal - record tracks of his own voice singing in harmony. As a hobby project, it didn't have the funding to go to a studio and pay for someone to do it for him. Like many of you, he pulled himself up by the bootstraps to learn the art of recording.

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