How to Edit Recorded Audio on Windows/Mac/iPhone/Android
Jane Zhou updated on Nov 08, 2023 to Audio Editing Tips
It is easy to record your voice, but it is relatively hard to edit recorded voice because of the latter needs more technical operations, such as removing unwanted sections, adding some effects, adjusting the speed of your audio, or joining multiple recordings into one. To achieve these goals, you'll need an audio editor to help. Here in this guide, we will show you some of the best audio editors for Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. Check out this guide to know more details.
How to Edit Recorded Audio on Windows
For Windows users, one of the most straightforward ways to edit a sound should be using this audio editor - EaseUS MakeMyAudio. This program comes with almost all editing features needed for audio processing, ranging from the recorder, converter, editor, CD ripper, and burner. These features are built-in one program, so you don't have to use any seperate tools to do different operations.
All in all, if you want to record a sound, convert anything to MP3, burn a CD, or do something else with your audio, you can trust EaseUS MakeMyAudio and let it help you do it with ease. To learn more about this tool, you can check these features.
- Record sounds from a computer or through a microphone
- Cut audio files as you want
- Merge multiple audio files into one
- Convert audio between different audio formats
- Extract wanted audio from the video
- Extract audio from a CD
- Create a CD with your favorite songs
Can these features meet your editing needs? If they can, you can download this program on your computer to edit your voice recording.
Step 1. Open EaseUS MakeMyAudio on your computer and click "Recorder" from its main screen.
Step 2. On the Recorder page, choose the sound resource you wish to record your audio from, and choose the output format you like, then specify the output folder. After that, click "Record" to start the recording process.
Step 3. Once it's done, you can click "My Audio" to check the recorded audio or you can directly find the recorded files in the location you set.
Tips: Apart from EaseUS MakeMyAudio, you can also use Audacity and Windows Media Player to edit a sound. But before that, we think you should be aware of the shortcomings of doing so. The first is about Audacity, and it lacks loops, sequencers, and a host of other features found in the EaseUS MakeMyAudio. Even worse, it crashes very often due to some known and unknown bugs. Given that, we don't recommend this program. As for Windows Media Player, it is free to use and doesn't require any programs. But it requires you to install an extra plugin, which makes editing more complex.
These are the reasons why we don't recommend Audacity and Windows Media Player. If you still want to use both tools after weighing the pros and cons of both tools, you can refer to our previous post on cutting audio files.
How to Edit a Voice Recording on Mac
On a Mac, you can either use GarageBand or QuickTime to edit audio files. Both are free of charge and offer basic toolkits need for editing. Here we'll show you how each of them works to edit audio files.
Edit Voice Recording with QuickTime Player
Step 1. Find the recorded audio files you want to edit. Right-click it and choose "Open With," then select "QuickTime Player."
Step 2. From the menu bar, select "Edit" and "Trim."
Step 3. Move the yellow slider to shorten the length of your audio.
Step 4. After editing, you can click "Play" to pre-listen to it.
Step 5. Once you've done, click "Trim" to save your changes.
Step 6. Click "File" from the menu bar, and then save your edited audio files to any location you want.
Edit Recorded Audio Files with GarageBand
Step 1. Download and install GarageBand on your Mac.
Step 2. Open GarageBand and go to the "File" menu, click "New Project," and then click "New."
Step 3. Give the new session a name and click "Create."
Step 4. Drag and drop the audio you wish to edit to the GarageBand window.
Step 5. Place your cursor to the place you wish to start and end.
Step 6. Then, you can adjust the volume of the audio and add effects to the audio.
Step 7. Once you've finished, click "Share" from the menu bar and click on the "Exporting Songs to Disk" option.
Step 8. Give the edited voice recording a name and set an output path.
Step 9. Click "Export" to save your edited audio files.
How to Edit Recordings on iPhone
For iPhone users, a free option to edit recordings is to use the Voice Memos. With it, you can record a sound and then directly edit it within this app. Here are the steps to edit recorded audio in Voice Memo.
Step 1. Open the Voice Memos on your iPhone.
Step 2. Choose the recording you wish to edit.
Step 3. Click the three dots under the track.
Step 4. Choose "Edit Recording."
Tips: The Voice Memos offers some simple options for editing. If you want more advanced options, you can consider using GarageBand. The steps are similar to making a song your ringtone. If you want to know how it works, you can check our previous guide to know about it.
How to Edit a Sound File on Android
On an Android device, you can edit a sound file with Music Editor, an audio editor, and an MP3 cutter for Android. This app can be found in the Google Play store. With it, you can trim, merge, convert audio and extract audio from videos. If you want to give it a try, you can download it on your Android device and follow these steps to make your recordings better.
Step 1. Open Music Editor on your Android device.
Step 2. Choose "Trim Audio."
Step 3. Browse your music library to choose the music file you want to edit.
Step 4. Drag the line to the start and end position you want.
Step 5. Tap "Save" to save trimmed audio to your device.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, many methods can be used to edit recorded audio. You can test out them and see which one works best for you. If you want some simple editing options, you can use Windows Media Player, an online audio editor, or mobile apps to get the job done. While if you want some advanced editing options, EaseUS MakeMyAudio is a good choice.