Software We Use

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This page lists software used or recommended by our volunteers. Here you will find programs to record, edit, or playback audio. There are also encoders, ID3 tag editors, and more. Many of these programs do more than one of these tasks. If you know of related software that would be useful, please let us know.

Comparison Chart

Please notice this table is based on what LibriVox volunteers know about these programs, so it is certainly incomplete and, in part, based on opinion.

Mac Win Linux Cost Record Edit Playback MP3 ID3 rip burn Notes
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Audacity Y Y Y 0 Y Y WA E Y free - A pretty good free audio recording/editing software. Has a number of built in plugins and enhancements are available for free as well. LibriVox's Audacity FAQ.
Adobe Audition 2.0 n Y n $$ Y Y Y Y Y Y Y pay - Adobe purchased Cool Edit Pro, and has enhanced it. A very good multitrack editing/recording application and the newest version (2.0) has a lot of great features. Comes with a large number of effects and plugins included.
Bias Peak Y n n $$ Y Y W pay - Another professional sound/editing package. Peak is limited to one stereo track, but is significantly less expensive than Digital Performer.
Cool Edit n Y n 0 Y Y WC Y n (not available commercially) - Cool Edit 2000 and Cool Edit Pro are very good editing and recording programs. The Cool Edit noise reduction filter works especially well.
Exact Audio Copy n Y n 0 Y Y WC E Y Y Y
GarageBand Y n n 0$ Y Y A Autosends AAIF output to iTunes pay - While technically not free, it is included with the purchase of a new Macintosh Computer. Otherwise, it is available when you buy Apple iLife. LibriVox's FAQ and User Guide for GarageBand.
MOTU Y n n $$$ Y Y W pay - A very expensive, professional sound editing/recording software. This is generally more than anyone recording for LibriVox will need, but some volunteers have access to professional recording studios.
Sound Forge n Y n $ Y Y W pay - Another good Windows recording/editing application. It operates on a single stereo track, which is usually enough for most recording, especially LibriVox.
Sound Studio Y n n $ Y Y WAM n n pay - Costs around $80. Extremely intuitive and easy-to-use interface for recording and editing.
Total Recorder n Y n $ Y Y WM E n n n pay - An inexpensive recorder in two versions, standard and pro. It also does audio editing. Plugins are available, including one designed for speech recording. Edit ID3 tags. Split and splice files of various formats. Evaluation copies of both versions are available; the pro version would be better for LibriVox work because of its superior editing capabilities.
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iTunes Y Y 0 Y Y Y Y Y free
SongBird p Y p 0 Y free - As of 2006 February, the versions for Linux and the Macintosh are planned, but are not yet available.
Winamp n Y n 0$ n n Y Y Y Y both free and pay - Play many audio and video formats; has media library manager, playlist editor, and ID3 tag editor; rip, burn, and convert between formats. Supports skins and third-party plugins.
Windows Media Player n Y n (0) n Y Y free
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LAME Y Y 0 n n n Y n n n
MP3Gain n Y n 0 n n n n n n n
RazorLame n Y n 0 n n n E n n n