Posted on March 21, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Music, podcasting, Sound | Tags: , , , , , |

SoundBoard lets you add wav audio files which can be played at the touch of a button.

This would be useful for things such as podcasts, or cueing interview clips, or even background music at the start/during/end of a program.

Freeware.  Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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FormatFactory media file converter

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FormatFactory “is a multifunctional media converter that supports video conversion from/to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF and audio formats MP3/WMA/MMF/AMR/OGG/M4A/WAV, JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO. MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.Version 1.48 adds “all to MP2” method, “5.1 Stereo” conversion option, “Source Audio Channel Select” conversion option…”

For Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.

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Foobar 2000 isn’t what it sounds like

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has instructions on how to customize the freeware media player Foobar 2000 to suit your own tastes.  This might be the answer you’ve been seeking instead of iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Foobar 2000 is an advanced freeware audio player:


  • Audio formats supported natively: MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC / Ogg FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CDDA, WMA.
  • More audio formats supported through optional components, official or third-party.
  • Full unicode support.
  • Customizable user interface layout (new in version 0.9.5). View screenshots…
  • Advanced tagging capabilities.
  • Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component. Read more…
  • ReplayGain support – both playback and calculation.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.

The Lifehacker instructions include some favorite add-ons for the program to customize it and add functions.

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MediaCoder to convert audio and video files

Posted on April 22, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Files, Sound, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MediaCoder is a free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. MediaCoder intends to be the swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time…”

Features In Brief

  • Convert to and from many audio and video compression formats and re-multiplex into various container formats in batches
  • Full control over transcoding parameters, you can learn about audio/video encoding and play with various codecs
  • Strong decoding capability for partial or corrupted contents
  • Simplified UI for popular mobile devices (e.g. PSP, iPhone/iPod)
  • Fully standalone, no dependance on system codecs/splitters
  • Extension (scripting language) infrastructure to expand user interfaces and improve user experience

Typical Applications

  • Improving compression / reducing size for audio/video files
  • Converting for audio/video playback devices (digital audio player, MP4 player, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, VCD/DVD player etc.)
  • Extracting audio tracks from video files
  • Ripping audio/video discs
  • Reparing corrupted or partial downloaded video files
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Fox Magic Audio Recorder for your own MP3 recordings

Posted on March 24, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ever wish you could record directly to an MP3 file, instead of having to convert from a wav file which you just recorded to an MP3 file?

Fox Magic Audio Recorder is a freeware program that promises to let you choose either wav or MP3 format for the result of your live recordings.

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Wavosaur for music editing

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wavosaur is an open source, freeware sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.

Recommended by Clif Notes Newsletter.

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Cleaning up audio files with Audacity

Posted on November 14, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , | has an article on how to clean up noisy files (such as those converted to digital from phonograph records or audio cassette) using the open source (freeware!) media program Audacity.

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