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Editor's Note: This article was written in 2010 and reflects the author's opinions at that time. While free products may be fun to experiment with, they may not have all the features of professional programs. However, they could provide you with some good options to start with if you are seeking to record, edit or mix audio.
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UltraMixer is a premium audio mixing program, but it is also available as a free edition. This music mixing program allows you to combine several audio formats right from MP3, WMA down to WAV, OGG, and CDs, and even play them real time.
Some music mixing programs are dependent on Operating Systems, but it is not so with UltraMixer. All you need is a sound card with up-to-date drivers, and that’s the best part about it, as you can use UltraMixer in parties and outings.
UltraMixer is an ideal choice for those who want to kick-start as a part time DJ, and once they settle down in the business and have extraneous mixing needs, they can upgrade to the professional version.
To download Ultramixer Free Edition visit this link.
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OpenSebJ is yet another audio editing freebie. This is great software for those who wish to mixmany tracks at a time. OpenSebj can load as many as 255 audio samples, though it takes only .wav music files as input. You can do a lot with OpenSebj such as panning, volume control, changing the frequency of music files. Unfortunately it only works on Windows.
The software is open source released under GNU along with complete source code. Therefore, if you’re a developer, you can even try to expand on the functionalities of this impressive program.
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Tactile is a compact yet powerhouse music mixing program that is available totally free of cost. Just like most of the professional mixers, it comes with an interactive user interface showing up a couple of turntables featuring a number of controls right from manipulating the speed of tracks, down to changing frequencies, and sound levels of individual tracks.
You have complete control over what you wish to do and how to mix them! However, this music mixing freeware works only with Win95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows NT, and Windows ME.
Note: This is a freeware, but you won’t find a direct download link on the website; you’ll have to fill out a small form, and the software will be mailed to your email address.
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Audacity is one of the best free audio editing software packages available in the market. One of the good things about Audacity is the sheer fact that even the beginner level users can use it with great ease without really knowing much about audio mixing. However, it is also used extensively for professional music mixing purposes.
When it comes to manipulating things with Audacity, user controls are pretty easy and incorporating effects like fading in/out, volume equalization, mixing multiple tracks, is simply a cakewalk.
What’s more, after creating some fantastic music mix tracks with Audacity, you can even load them onto MP3s and carry along wherever you go.
Download Audacity here.
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MixVibes supports 16 simultaneous tracks and almost all types of music formats including .WMA, .MP3 and .WAV. A number of skins are available, along with equalizer controls, sound effects and more.
This free music mixing software works only with Windows operating system, and does almost everything that you may expect from a music mixing application.
You can download MixVibes here
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Well, we’ve been mostly covering all exclusive Windows applications, and most of them don’t work with the Mac OSX. Here we have one that's just for Macs. DeKstasy is one of the most resourceful free DJ applications for Mac OS X, which comes with several impressive functionalities to isolate the rhythm of your music track, and allows you to do anything that you wish to.
As a matter of fact, DeKstasy was developed by professional DJs, and there are many sophisticated features available on this free music mixing program that you may not find on other freeware programs.
The latest version of DeKstasy is DeKstasy 1.3.6, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. You can download DeKstasy 1.3.6 by visiting this link.
Note: Support for Dekstasy is no longer available.
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7. PCDJ Free Edition
PCDJ free music mixing comes with a virtual recording platform that enables its users to mix two music tracks seamlessly. This is yet another powerful free mixing tool that has advanced controls including BPM calculator, auto play, waitlist, and others, while its simple interface is fairly easy to understand for beginners.
PCDJ mixing software incorporates the Beatloc Technology to render superior performance for beat mixing.
Note: This product was available for free at one time, which appears to no longer be the case. You can download a free trial of the product here.
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8. Anvil Studio
Anvil Studio is simple audio mixing application for beginners as well as advanced users. For experts, it serves the purpose of an advanced high quality composing studio, and an impressive multi track mixer. At the same time, newbies can enjoy its simple operation and begin mixing multiple quickly!
This is yet another exclusive program for the Windows user. You can download Anvil Studio here
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9. Kra Mixer Dj Software
Kra Mixer DJ is a two-way audio mixer that can handle .MP3, .OGG and .WAV audio formats seamlessly. It comes with several out of the box functionalities such as beatmixing, manual/automatic BPM counters, pre-recording of tracks, and lots more.
It is a freeware for Windows operating system, and you can download a copy of the latest version of Kra Mixer DJ software here
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Looplabs is a premier audio mixing program built for professional DJs that comes with advanced multi-channel presets, MP3 sampling, remixing, and triggering. It supports up to 32 different channels giving you an exceptional multi-channel mixing experience, while its sequencing, and song composing capabilities are simply amazing too.
You can even output audio to WAV/MP3 files, and create/output ring tones too. With stereo-effects processing, and drum and rhythm pattern machine, crossfading effects and much more, the Looplabs is one hell of a music mixing application.
It has cross platform compatibility, so both MAC users as well as PC users can make use of the Looplabs audio mixing software. You can download Looplabs (courtesy CRASHMEDIA) by visiting this link.