Both are good programs. Audacity is free (unless you go to eBay, where it costs $2.99 to $29). RipEditBurn is $39.95.
Audacity, unfortunately, was put together by audio tech gurus. It has “Auto Duck”, it has “Nyquist prompt”, it has “DTMF Tones”, it has “Plot Spectrum”, it has “Risset Drum”, it has “Pluck”, it has “SC4”, it has “Spectral edit multi tool”, it has “Paulstretch”. Yikes!
You can record something playing on a CD, but you can’t rip the CD by digitally ripping it. And you can’t burn a CD. If you say, “Hey, I’d just like to record sound, edit sound, and rip and burn CDs” you are looking at the wrong solution.
And you can rip to Digital- or Analog!
You can edit, record, playback, and do lots of effects. The effects include Amplify/Deamplify, Center Channel Removal, Chorus, Echo, Equalize, Fade In, Fade Out, Flange, Notch Filter, Mix, Mono To Stereo, Normalize, Note Scrubber, Reverse (which reverses the sound), and Voice Warmer.
The tools include Vocal Reducer which can reduce vocals if they are in the center channel, Record Cleaner a plug-in that removes clicks, hum, pops, hiss and other noise from audio recording (yes, you have to have Record Cleaner installed), Overdub (yes, you have to have Overdub installed) and Split Files into Tracks (yes, you have to have WaveBreaker installed).
Click on the Burn icon, and you will be presented with the CD burning screen. If you went from the Edit screen, it will ask you if you want to burn the wave files in the Edit screen. You can add tracks, delete tracks, clear the list, audition the track, normalize all the tracks, and- you can burn the CD!
RipEditBurn costs $39.95. That’s money well spent.
by Tom Jeffries, Chief Blazing Officer at Blaze Audio
Tom is a former professional musician who has been running companies that develop audio software for 34 years. He studied with Charlie Schlueter as principal trumpet Minnesota Orchestra for four years. Charlie Schlueter went on to do 25 years as principal trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tom also played principal trumpet for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and principal trumpet for the San Jose Orchestra.