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The Best Audio Capture Software

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 1/24/2011

Audio capture software is of course used to record audio. However, most of these programs also have editing tools that range from the basic to the sophisticated. Here is a look at 5 audio capture software programs worth checking out.

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    There are different types of audio capture software out there, each offering the benefits for a certain need or task. There are those that focus on recording streaming content from the internet, then there are those that focus on capturing audio from an external source like a microphone or any other input device. Most of these applications include editing tools. Some are quite basic while others are of a professional level. Here are some recommended audio capture software programs.

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    Freecorder Freecorder lets you record streaming video and audio from several popular content providers on the web, including the biggest: YouTube. After recording audio, you can also use this application to convert it to several audio formats, including MPEG-4 and MP3. It records video in FLV format, and just in case you don't have a media player that supports that file format, Freecorder has that covered too since it includes an FLV player. What this software offers you includes the ability to record all kinds of streaming content, including live Internet radio programs and streaming TV content.

    Freecorder website

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    Sonar Sonar is one of the leading brands in audio recording and mixing software, so it is best for you to check out its product called Sonar that not only lets you capture audio, it also provides you with an extensive set of powerful audio editing tools arranged in an intuitive user interface. With its easy-to-use tools and efficient workspace, the process of recording, editing and publishing audio tracks is faster and easier.

    Sonar website

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    Blaze Media Pro

    Blaze Media Pro Blaze Media Pro is a complete suite of audio and video production tools. It includes audio and video recording features, audio and video editing tools and the ability to convert the audio and video files into any of the most popular media file formats out there including MP3, OGG, WAV, AAC, WMA, FLAC, AVI, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and a host of others. Capturing and editing is not the limits of Blaze Media Pro. It is also capable of burning audio and video into CDs and DVDs. If you're looking for audio capture software that can handle recording, editing and publishing, this is your one-stop shop.

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    Adobe Audition

    Adobe Audition From Adobe's suite of applications for both professionals and casual users alike comes this flexible and powerful tool for recording, editing and publishing audio. It contains sophisticated tools for mixing audio, restoring old audio files, application of special effects, producing virtual instrument sounds and creation of loops. Whether it is simple voice recording or complicated soundtrack editing, Adobe Audition can handle it without being too difficult for beginners to learn.

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    Audacity Audacity is the top choice for audio capture software for people who do not have the budget to purchase the expensive professional audio editing software. Audacity provides the essential set of tools to record audio and edit it, ranging from basic recording and editing tools to more sophisticated mixing tools. If you are still experimenting with audio capturing, a good start is to use Audacity before moving on to more professional-grade software.

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