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Software to create, read, record, or modify audio.

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Free, lightweight, all-in-one, audio and video format converter

In short, something that just does what one would expect such a program to do. (Just convert it so it works on my mother's media player!) By "free" I mean free-as-in-beer. I'm okay with closed source ...
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Free/Libre voice & video chat alternative to Skype?

I don’t want to use Skype because it’s proprietary. I’m looking for an alternative that is Free/Libre (FLOSS), is available cross-platform * (at least: GNU/Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows), ...
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Open Source speech-to-text software for audio files in English

I have hundreds of hours of audio files in English that I need to transcript to the same language. Do you know a speech-to-text software that I can use to do it automatically? Obviously, the ...
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What Ubuntu tool records all desktop sounds?

In Ubuntu, I want to record everything that plays through my speakers. If I were to play a movie and a YouTube video at the same time, the tool would record the mix of both. It should output as an ....
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Audio file player with wall-clock time display

I record about 1hrs worth of sound on an Olympus voice recorder at certain times of the day—say 4:30pm to 5:30 pm—with sounds happening at various times (that I write down). When playing back I want ...
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Split MP3 files automatically

I have a few large MP3 files (some 7 hours, some 25 hours) and, sadly my player (car-hardware), does not scan well. So, if I listen up to the 3 hour point and I turn off my car, I must scan back to ...
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Software to bleep a few words in a song

I am looking for free (hopefully) open source software that will allow me to remove (or replace/mute) a few choice words in some music I own. (I wish the artist would release a radio edit version of ...
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Alternative to Windows Media Player that supports all video/audio files

I have been using Windows Media Player in my Windows 7 and I found that it can't play some type of video formats like MKV. So I am searching for a new player which: supports any type of video files ...
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MP3/WAV to text (speech recognition)

I'm looking for a software (for Windows or Linux) that can convert MP3/WAV files to text. Something that can generate automatically text with speech recognition, like the automatic subtitles on ...
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Is there an Android app that allows me to record only the callers voice and not mine?

When interviewing people in a podcast it would be wonderful to record only the callers voice and not us in the studio. We have professional microphones and would like to merge the output from them ...
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High quality text-to-speech converter

I'm looking for a text-to-speech converter, that produces a wave or mp3 file (no real-time needed) has no fundamental restrictions on commercial usage of the produced output comes with female / male ...
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Audio diff tool

Example: I have two versions of one song, and one of them misses some parts. I want to see which parts are missing and which are different. I see interface of such program as two adjacent waveforms, ...
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Increase volume of PC?

If I download any video, I can get enough volume because of VLC player. But when I play video online, like on YouTube or any other site, volume is really less. Can you please suggest any software ...
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Normalize volume for YouTube videos

Every day I stumble upon YouTube videos where presenter is speaking quietly, so I have to raise the volume on my speakers. But then he starts to shout intensely, almost shattering my windows and ...
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Specialized audio recorder for Android

I need to record sounds emanating from mechanical equipment. These sounds occur randomly every few hours and only last approximately 1-3 seconds. To accomplish this task, I need an audio recorder ...
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Audiobook player for Linux

I need a player to listen to audiobooks on a desktop installation of Linux. All suggestions I find are for normal, song players, which don't work well for audiobooks. I don't have many audiobooks yet, ...
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Linux software to synthesize singing

I have some software to synthesize instruments, and some to synthesize speech. What I can't find is a program to generate singing (with or without a GUI). I want to be able to input text and their ...
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A lightweight audio/video editor

I am a translator and now I am working with a TV program of 25 minutes duration. They provide me the following things: Video track with background music track Audio track (this contains all dialogues)...
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Program measuring sound and generating an equalizer profile

This question is a companion to Automatically switch equalizer preset based on audio output (internal speaker or external). Context/problem: bad speakers As many people know, laptop speakers have "...
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Windows phone music player with good playlist capabilities

The built-in music player of Windows Phone 8.0 has an option to create a playlist from the now-playing list but it is extremely rigid. It only allows you to create the playlist, without any options of ...
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Cafe, library ambience noise generator

I've been looking into the benefits of white/ambient noise on studying lately, and I think it's best to put on some cafe, busy library, study place ambient noise (with people talking in the background)...
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Open-source song/music recognition on Android? (alternative to Shazam/Soundhound)

I am looking for an open-source app that would do audio pattern recognition (finger printing) on Android, in the style of Shazam or Soundhound. It should: recognize songs OTA (Over-The-Air), i.e. ...
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Bird song ID app for Android that is audio only

I'm looking for an app to help one learn birds by their song for Android. I've tried several, and the ones I've tried all use images and text to identify the bird while they play the song. A key ...
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Interview transcription software

What is a good and professional software for interview transcription (academic context)? Both free and commercial. OS: Windows (although Linux is just as fine) Features: Quickest possible turn ...
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PDF to audio software for academic papers?

I sometimes find it difficult to allocate time to read (edit: academic) papers. However, I sometimes have long commutes so have plenty of time to listen to audio books. That said, is there any ...
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Is there an audio player for Android which remembers my last position in a track?

I'm looking for an audio player application which can remember where I've left the track. Example: I'm listening track A and at time 8:52 I pause the track. Then I decide to listen track B. And at ...
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Android audiobook player (that remembers position)

I upload MP3-format audiobooks to my Android (4.x) device, and need an audiobook player that remembers that farthest that I've gotten into any given album (though I'd settle for just remembering ...
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Looking for a voice recording software with visualizer

I am looking for a software that will let me record my voice and create a video with visualizer (correct me if my choice of words is wrong) that is sensitive to my voice like TV professionals show on ...
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Alternative to Acoustica Mixcraft for Chrome OS

I am looking for an alternative to Acoustica Mixcraft which is audio recording software that runs on PCs. Here are my requirements, Reasonably priced (preferably free) Runs on a Google Chromebook (...
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Audio player on Android suitable for manual transcription

I want to perform transcription of sound files. Transcription refers to the manual process of listening to recorded speech and transcribe it into a written text document. Is there an audio player app ...
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Android app to record Google Voice / Hangouts voice calls?

Are there any Android apps that allow the user to record their VoIP voice calls (both directions) that are made through Google Voice / Google Hangouts? Please assume consent has been provided by all ...
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Pitch detection for multiple voices

I greatly enjoy singing a cappella music with multiple parts (usually 4, but in principle, any number of parts between 2 and 8). It's less enjoyable when we're singing out of tune. We are amateurs: we ...
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Automatically turn MIDI files into .wav or .mp3

I'm searching a tool that can be used in Python or via the command line (preferably Windows but Linux would also be okay) that returns a .wav or .mp3 file for a MIDI file. What is the best choice ...
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Audio cutting tool for Linux

I'm searching for a simple audio cutting and merging tool running on Linux. Ideal would be a Gtk application, but only a nice to have. I know of audacity, but this is a little too much. Goal is to ...
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Voice modifier software

I'm looking for a software able to modify my voice as I speak. I'm mastering rpg via Mumble and it would be quite a useful bonus to the ambiance to make me sound like a robot, for instance. So far, I ...
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Edit video file while retaining the original format

I need a piece of Windows software that can edit (split, trim, concatenate, etc) both common (MP4) and relatively-uncommon (MKV) video formats while retaining the original format (resolution, bitrate, ...
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Concatenate podcasts

I'm looking for a way to simply concatenate podcasts episodes from a RSS feed into a single audio file. I'm looking for cool features like adding 2 seconds of silence between each episode, or ...
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Chrome extension to mute all but the active tab

I open nearly all my links in new tabs. So, say I just opened a YouTube video, but then found another video on the right hand side that is better, I open it in a new tab, and hear both videos playing ...
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Android app to silence the phone

Looking for Android app to instantly silence the phone 100% (equivalent of holding volume key down till slider goes to 0). Requirements: On Google Play Decent reviews (4+ stars) Operates by simply ...
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Digital audio workstation software for Linux?

I am primarily a Windows user but I have recently started using Linux more frequently. On Windows I use Steinberg Cubase to sequence music. Cubase is a digital audio workstation (DAW) with a variety ...
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Windows Software to constantly record the last X minutes of audio entering the microphone?

I'm looking for a Windows Software that would constantly record in the background the last X minutes (e.g. 30 minutes) of audio being inputted into the microphone whenever my PC is on, much like a ...
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Software for deleting music from directory rather than playlist

My dad has 700+ MP3 and WMA files on a memory stick which he sticks into his truck's radio system, now there are a bunch of songs he wants deleted however the radio system just reveals a track number (...
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Android app for normalizing the volume of mp3 files

I'm looking for a way to normalize the volume of my mp3s without having to copy them all onto my computer and back again. Anybody know of an existing app for this? Specifically one that lets you set a ...
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One-tap audio note file that sends to email

It often happens that I want to take a quick note to self when I have my phone, so I won't forget something, but I want to do it as quickly as possible because I'm in the middle of something else. ...
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Audiobook player for Android

I'm looking for an audiobook player, or an ordinary audio player that has these features: Buttons to move 10 seconds forward and backward. Saves the current position between restarts. It's free. ...
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iOS Equalizer for all applications

I'm looking for an equalizer application for my iPhone (iOS). Bonus points if there is an equivalent application for Android. My key requirement is that the application provides equalization for all ...
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Archiving conversations

I want to record conversations made with remote relatives over the internet (or possibly over the phone), to preserve their stories for future generations. I'd like to save disk space, not storing ...
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Tool for limiting the maximum loudness

I am looking for a tool which limits the maximum loudness* of all applications to a custom value. It should ideally clamp the loudness to the specified value or – if such a feature is not ...
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Audio cassette to MP3 or CD

I have plenty of old audio cassettes. I want the songs of the cassette in MP3 or some other computer playable format. Is there any software available for converting audio cassettes to MP3 or CD?
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Player that skips over silent parts of an audio/video?

Is there any audio/video player that can skip over the parts in which the sound is below a certain level automatically? Watching lectures with uninteresting bits is horrendous!
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