13 Common Software Programs in the Recording Studio

13 Common Software Programs In The Recording Studio

Recording studio software is an essential tool in a home recording studio.

It is useful for upcoming audio engineers and music producers and helps them create, record, and edit audio files such as WAV or MP3 files – to name a few.

You can find hundreds of recording software programs on the market that use unique digital technology, offer amazing features and an enhanced user experience. However, it’s not easy to pick “the one” from so many options out there.

But don’t worry; we have prepared this comprehensive list of the best studio software for you, where we will discuss each software program in detail, focusing on their pros and cons, as well as who can benefit from them the most.

So, let’s get started!

1. WavePad

WavePad

We’re starting our list with the most common (and one of the best) studio software programs that you can use to record and edit audio files. Yes, you guessed it right – WavePad.

This software is a powerful one. You should not miss out on it, especially if you want to smoothly cut, copy, and paste parts of recording in another audio file.

With this one, you can even add awesome music effects such as echo, amplification, noise reduction, etc. into your sound files and enhance the music’s overall quality.

The software program offers some really cool features such as the ability to create a bookmark. This helps you edit long audio files conveniently over a long period of time.

With the help of the bookmark, you can continue editing from where you left off on any given day. This software is best for beginners and is available for Mac, Windows, iPhone, Android, and even Kindle users.  

Pros

  • Super easy to use
  • Has a plethora of sound and visual effects
  • Efficiently reduces and eliminates background noise
  • Offers a number of customization options
  • Has a clean, user-friendly interface
  • Encourages smooth workflow

Cons

  • Pricey advanced versions

2. Wavosaur

Wavosaur

This is a free studio program and better than many paid ones because of its awesome features.

This audio editor comes with all the essentials needed for cutting, copying, and pasting audio. Wavosaur also allows you to produce, record, or simply analyze different audio files.

While working on your music, you can change bit rates, apply volume envelopes, cut or dice different beats, and use plenty of other cool features.

If you’re not satisfied with something, you can undo your actions and make changes without having to reload the original file.  

This program is best for Windows users and those that specifically edit audio files.

Pros

  • Supports VST plug-ins, ASIO driver, and multichannel wav files
  • Works on Windows XP, Windows 98, and Windows Vista
  • Offers pitch shift, bit depth convert, and DC offset removal
  • Add amazing VST effects to various sound files
  • Efficient and highly advanced
  • Edit the file in a single window

Cons

  • The sampler extraction is slightly slow
  • The multichannel support isn’t efficient
  • It supports only Windows

3. Waves Tune Real-Time

Waves Tune Real-Time

Waves Tune Real-Time is one of the best audio processing software programs out there and allows for correction and manipulation of vocal and instrument pitches.

When using this software, you can easily detect the pitches you want to correct and make the changes in the note right there and then.

The software is super easy to use and poses no complex pitch-correction problems, which is why it is so popular among professional vocalists, sound engineers, and producers.

This pitch-correction tool also allows you to add creative effects to your music and improve the quality of notes.

This is the best software for those who want to make changes to their tunes and enhance the overall sound quality for their listeners.

Pros

  • Offers plenty of user control despite being an automated process
  • Features low latency for live use
  • A very capable automatic pitch-correction tool
  • Ideal for live performances

Cons

  • Requires low-latency audio or PC for a “real-time” experience
  • The interface can be hard to work with 

4. Antares Autotune Pro

Antares Autotune Pro

Another great audio editor on the market is Antares Autotune Pro by Antares Audio Technologies. This software is a standard go-to choice for auto-tuning and pitch correction.

The software has the ability to fine-tune an already decent vocal performance. If you need to add more effects to the audio, you can simply dial up the intensity using the Flex-Tune control.

The graph mode makes targeting each note and pitching quite easy and straightforward. You can also glide up and down the pitch as you want with the help of a freehand curve drawing feature.

These are just a few of the many amazing features that Antares Autotune Pro offers. With the help of this software, the task of auto-tuning and pitch correction becomes a breeze!

Pros

  • Easy and simple to use interface
  • Offers both classic and modern modes
  • Bundled Auto-Key automatically detects the song’s key
  • Also offers a graphical editing mode

Cons

  • Is supported only with PreSonus Studio One

5. Antares Auto-Tune EFX+

Antares Auto-Tune EFX+

This is a more advanced version of a tuning plug-in by the Antares Company.

This software allows you to shape tunes and melodies using the Auto-Tune Pro’s engine along with an advanced Auto-motion melodic pattern generator and a multi-effects rack.

The software has over 100 amazing effects designed by music giants – Jeff Rona, Mike Dean, and Richard Devine.

The stand-out feature of this software is its EFX multi-effects rack that has six unique modules – pitch and throat for formant shifting and real-time pitch, a duet for timing variation and realistic doubling, filter for an EQ and special effects, Vocoder for voice transformation, encryption, and compression, Tube Amplifier for increasing signal power, and Mutate for audio mutation.

EFX+ also has an awesome XY Pad that allows you to have easy real-time control.

Pros

  • Terrific Auto-Tune Pro’s engine
  • Features EFX+ multi-effects and XY pad
  • Low latency processing
  • Lets you create new melodic patterns
  • Offers auto-key compatibility

Cons

  • Slightly pricey
  • Best for professional use only

6. Celemony Melodyne 4

Celemony Melodyne 4

Celemony Melodyne 4 uses super-advanced technology, known as DNA (Direct Note Access), to fix tunes. This plug-in software can help fix a wide range of out-of-tune strings in musical recordings.

The latest Melodyne version boasts some amazing features such as the Edit Tempo that helps users either adjust the entire tempo in one snap or adjust the audio in chunks.

The software also comes with automatic pitch and timing that allows you to improve various audio files.

Anyone using this software for the first time won’t find any difficulty when they’re using it thanks to its Auto-Tune Interface. It has been redesigned to make it a more efficient and streamline workflow.

This is a great addition as compared to the previous versions of the Celemony Melodyne.

Pros

  • Multitrack note editing
  • Has an innovative sound design
  • Compatible with beginners
  • Uses cutting-edge technology
  • Boasts a user-friendly interface
  • A simple tempo map system

Cons

7. Izoptope’s Nectar 3 Production Suite

Izoptope’s Nectar 3 Production Suite

This is another remarkable pitch editor that has all the basic and advanced features to control and enhance vocal performances.

This plug-in allows you to use all the tools at your disposal to improvise the sound of your vocal recordings and instruments.

The Nectar 3 uses amazing tools to process vocals such as a compressor, de-esser, EQ, gate, reverb, saturator, harmony engine, dimension module (phaser, chorus, and flanger), and a pitch editor, of course.

Each of these modules can be applied to your signal chain, but the EQ and compressor can be applied twice.

This upgraded version has new features that the Nectar 2 lacked. For instance, it features the Vocal Assistant Tool that assists you in two unique ways.

It first asks you to select your audio’s vibe – classic, modern, or dialogue – and then the intensity type – light, moderate, or aggressive.

You pick the one you like, and then you can listen to the audio with the help of the Assist mode and create customized audio for your mix.

This software is the best choice for professionals, while the Nectar 2 is great for beginners.

Pros

  • Offers advanced features
  • Focused range of modules
  • Best for professionals
  • Advanced user interface

Cons

  • Not suitable for beginners

8. Fission for Mac

Fission For Mac

For Mac users, Fission is probably the ultimate audio editing tool. This editor can be used to apply fades, normalize audios, and amplify sections.

The editor also comes with a solid batch processor that can be used to convert files from one format to another.

You can use this software to quickly edit MP3, WAV, and AIFF files in a matter of minutes. This editor is also incredibly reliable as it makes the necessary edits without denting the audio’s original quality.

Keep in mind that it’s a simple editor with basic features. If you’re a beginner and want to learn basic audio editing skills, this one is a great choice for you. Plus, it is ideal for Mac users!

Pros

  • Best for beginners and learners
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Has some basic yet cool features
  • Designed for Mac users
  • Efficiently edits short, simple files
  • Maintains the quality of the audio
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Lacks many advanced effects
  • Lacks equalizer, noise reduction, multi-track editing, and recording

9. Hindenburg Journalist

Hindenburg Journalist

If you’re a radio journalist or do podcasting for a living, you will love Hindenburg Journalist.

This is undoubtedly one of the best multi-track audio editors and is designed specifically for professional podcasters.

This software allows you to either record into the software and makes changes or record somewhere else and then upload the files and then edit them.

The editor automatically sets levels for you based on the standard loudness. You can improvise the tune further by using the built-in profiler or an automated equalizer.

These features enhance voice tracks and make them sound more in-tune.  

The audio editor also features a friendly user interface. You can easily create and arrange projects on your timeline.

Plus, you can add markers so that you can separate long audios and work on each one of them separately.  The audio editor also comes with a built-in Libsyn SoundCloud and Skype recording.

Pros

  • Has some really cool features
  • Ideal for podcasters and journalists
  • Easy to use with no complicated features and options
  • Readily available

Cons

  • Not aimed at all professionals

10. MAuto Pitch

MAuto Pitch

This is a free auto-tune plug-in that offers the standard features of a pitch corrector, including depth, speed, and detune.

The depth controls the impact of the VST on the sound, detune pushes the pitch up and down and fine-tunes the sound, and the speed knob controls the out-of-tune notes.

Together, these features ensure that the notes are clear, smooth, and do not sound fake.

Other than these, the software also comes with shifting formants that help turn audio sounds more “masculine” or “feminine.”

However, you will have to be very careful when using this feature. If you change the formant a bit too much, it may alter its pitch altogether.

Some other stand-out features of MAuto Pitch are a limiter to keep audio files below the 0 dB thresholds, a detector to detect notes and display them on screen, and a scale function to choose your audio scale.

Pros

  • Great for beginners and professionals
  • Comes with easy-to-use features
  • Available for free

Cons

  • Lacks super-advanced features

11. PITCHMAP

PITCHMAP

PITCHMAP is a must-have sound designer/remixer that offers impeccable pitch processing under MIDI control.

This software can correct pitches within polyphonic audio signals in real-time. You can remove erroneous notes, adjust lines, or change the track’s key under the ideal settings.

As you install PITCHMAP, you come across a small window that has a selection of knobs and buttons and piano keyboards. The keyboard enables you to perform essential functions under MIDI control.

The interface uses four color-coded knobs – Purify, Gide, Feel, and Electrify to manage the audio engine. This software should ideally be used by those that can’t perform remixing and sample manipulation separately.

Pros

  • Amazing audio remixer and designer
  • Allows automated snapshots
  • Friendly user interface
  • Best for beginners

Cons

  • Pitch transposition is unreliable
  • Unpredictable pitch correction and note removal

12. ReVoice Pro 4

ReVoice Pro 4

ReVoice Pro 4 is a type of software program that enables you to synchronize two or more different vocal performances. This can include music vocals, ADR, or even instrument recordings.

However, of all the features, the software is known for its manual pitch correction. You can manually fix audio pitch and timing and create a processed version that sounds super neat and original.

Users of ReVoice Pro also admire the software for its Audio Performance Transfer (APT) process. This feature allows the user to use the pitch, vibrato, or timing level of one track on another. The two other key features include Warp and Doubler.

Pros

  • Offers three key features – Warp, Doubler, and APT
  • Helps alter the pitch, timing, and vibrato of vocals and recorded tracks
  • Allows manual pitch and timing adjustment

Cons

  • Complex user interface

13. Spek

Spek

This is a free and easy to use software which is perfect for beginners that want to record audio.

It has wonderful features, including the ultra-fast single processing, the drag-and-drop support, and a large FFMPEG library. The best part is that the software can be accessed in 19 different languages!

Pros

  • Adjustable spectral density range
  • Simple user interface
  • Supports Linux, Mac, and Windows

Cons

  • The codec names can’t be seen
  • Audio signal parameters aren’t visible
  • The program is licensed under an obsolete software license – GPLv3

Conclusion

There are different kinds of software programs one usually needs in a home recording studio – audio editors, pitch editors, music producing software – to name a few.

In this guide, we’ve successfully featured the best software programs for different purposes.

Depending on your personal use and preferences, you can pick the best studio software program for your home studio and take your music to unchartered heights!

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