Other Windows Applications

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This is a page of links to specialized, standalone Windows software that you might find useful in your audio work in addition to Audacity. The applications listed include tools for recording, sequencing, audio creation, extracting audio from video and file format conversion.


Exact Audio Copy. Rips wave files from CD. This is not Open Source, but it is freeware. It's reputed to be more accurate at ripping songs than other Open Source ripping software available.


Open source modular tracker for Windows, with VST/VSTi support. Great for creating drum beats, synthesizer work, etc. Recommended for people who don't mind learning a new way of writing electronic music. Not necessarily for the technologically impaired (this is a general rule for all trackers).

Quartz Audio Master

Records audio and MIDI, includes full MIDI editing support. The freeware version doesn't have all the features of their commercial product (example: limited to four audio tracks maximum), but it is still quite usable in its own right.

Anvil Studio

Anvil Studio™ is a freeware application for Windows supporting Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP and Vista . Designed for people who want to:

  • record music with MIDI and Audio equipment
  • compose music for MIDI and Audio equipment
  • Sequence music with MIDI equipment
  • play with music using a computer and soundcard.

There is a free version and a commercial version. The free version will not convert midi to .wav, but you can use another application to record the midi file to a .wav file as it plays, however it is not accessible for people using a screenreader, due to its design.


Peter 16Dec16: Website last updated "Last updated: 2012-12-05" Looks to be an abandoned college project.

I recommend we remove this from the list

  • Peter 07Sep17: Updated early 2017. But this looks to be a direct competitor product, so I still recommed removal from this list.

WaveSurfer is an Open Source tool for sound visualization and manipulation. It has been designed to suit both novice and advanced users. WaveSurfer has a simple and logical user interface that provides functionality in an intuitive way and which can be adapted to different tasks. It can be used as a stand-alone tool for a wide range of tasks in speech research and education. Typical applications are speech/sound analysis and sound annotation/transcription. WaveSurfer can also serve as a platform for more advanced/specialized applications. This is accomplished either through extending the WaveSurfer application with new custom plug-ins or by embedding WaveSurfer visualization components in other applications.

Other Open Source applications

See also this page with other Open Source (free to download and free to use) applications: