The 7 Best Music Editors of 2021

Tweak an audio file to perfection

A lot falls under the realm of music editing. You can create ringtones or clip out parts of songs that you don't want. Music editing software can also be used to remove noise from a song, merge several music files into one, lower the overall sound, edit your voice, add virtual instruments, etc.

Below is a list of music editors that can do all of these things and more. Some are free and others have a free trial period.

of 07 Best Online Music Editor for Creating Ringtones

Screenshot of making a ringtone
What We Like
  • Precise editing buttons.

  • Load songs from Dropbox or Google Drive.

  • Toggle a fade in and/or fade out.

  • Make ringtones from videos.

What We Don't Like
  • Must wait for the song to upload to the website.

Lots of music editors can convert a song into a ringtone, but is perfect for the job since it runs online and doesn't include a bunch of extra, often confusing features.

Upload the song from your computer, a URL, or your Google Drive or Dropbox account, and then clip out the ends you don't want to be part of the ringtone. Finally, just save it in the right format for your phone. should be able to make ringtones for all phones. When you're finished editing the song, the supported export formats include MP3, M4R (for iPhone), M4A, WAV, and FLAC.

You can use this free music editor from any computer that's running a web browser.

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Soundtrap: Best Music Editor for Making Remixes

Soundtrap online remixer
What We Like
  • Extremely easy to use.

  • Lots of instrument options.

  • No software installation necessary.

  • Library of premade loops.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t save automatically.

  • Several features aren't free.

Of all the available song remixers you can buy, download for free, or use online, the Soundtrap website is by far the easiest to use. Not only that, it has tons of excellent features.

All your layers are listed on the left for easy access where you can add songs, instruments, and sounds. You can also plug in an instrument or mic and record directly into the program.

There are several little features that make Soundtrap the best. One option can, in one click, isolate everything but the track you're dealing with. This makes it much easier to focus on editing specific areas of the song.

Something else we like is Cycle Mode which repeats a specific time frame of the song over and over until you stop it. If you're fine-tuning an instrument's volume, bass, or reverb, for example, over a specific portion of the song, you want to use this mode to make sure the rest of the song doesn't continue playing.

You can also invite friends to work with you, where you can each update the same project and chat live.

When you're done editing the music, Soundtrap exports to MP3 and WAV. You can also save MIDI tracks to a file or to the or Noteflight website.

The free version lets you create unlimited projects and access over 150 thousand sound effects. For more, you can pay for Soundtrap—month-to-month prices range from $9.99 USD/month up to $19.99/month USD.

Soundtrap runs directly from their website, so no download is necessary.

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Audacity: Best All-in-One Free Music Editor

Audacity screenshot in Windows 8
What We Like
  • Impressive list of features.

  • Portable option.

  • Built-in help documents.

  • Completely free and open source.

  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

What We Don't Like
  • Might be too much for the novice music editor.

Audacity is often praised as the best free, yet still professional music editor on the market. It's open-source and has tons of features any heavy music editor loves.

Before you download and use Audacity, be sure to review its privacy policy to ensure you’re comfortable with its terms.

When it comes to basic editing, Audacity provides easy-access buttons and menu options that make it simple to delete parts of the file, record directly from a microphone, change the speed or pitch, or whatever else you need to do. There are lots of other effects you can apply, too, like echo, fade in/out, invert, repeat, phaser, wahwah, compressor, click remover, and amplify.

Of course, there are also many ways Audacity performs as a professional music editor. In the Generate, Analyze, and Tools menu are options for things like making noise or tones, finding beats or silence, creating macros, and more.

Something else you'll like is Audacity's history menu where you can see a list of all the changes you've made to the file and easily discard them to jump back in time to a previous state.

Audacity also serves as an audio file converter because you can export the open file to MP3, WAV, OGG, FLAC, MP2, AMR, and other audio formats.

This free music editor works on Windows and macOS. This compatibility table on their website lists the latest compatible Audacity version by operating system: Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista; and macOS 11 through 10.7 can run the latest version.

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Ocenaudio: Top Music Editor for Quick Tasks

Ocenaudio free music editor
What We Like
  • Free music editor.

  • Several effects.

  • Portable option.

  • Real-time preview of effects.

What We Don't Like
  • Simpler than other free music editors.

Ocenaudio is a bit like Audacity above in that it's fairly straightforward and works on all the major operating systems. However, this program is even easier to use and quickly comes in handy for repetitive music editing tasks.

The user interface is simple and modern, so it should be a breeze to understand. There aren't as many features as there are in Audacity, but that might be a good thing, especially if you want a program that's a bit easier to use.

If you work faster with a keyboard, you'll love that it lets you assign shortcut keys to a wide variety of tasks to help you get things done even quicker.

Ocenaudio also supports plugins, importing online music files, generating noise and tones, recording from a mic, saving to an FTP server, creating iPhone ringtones, and exporting to various audio file formats.

In short, if you're new to music editing but you need something a bit more advanced than the first few above, try this one before any of the more advanced programs in this list. The features are useful but not overwhelming.

It works with Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7; macOS 11 through 10.8; and Linux. Older operating systems can download earlier versions of the software.

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Adobe Audition: Best Voice Editor for Singing

Adobe Audition CC screenshot in Windows 10
What We Like
  • Intuitive workflow design.

  • Incredibly powerful.

  • Audio repair tools.

  • Use free with a trial.

What We Don't Like
  • High system requirements.

  • Subscription-based pricing.

Adobe Audition does a good job of balancing user-friendliness with functionality. It's definitely a robust music editing platform but unlike some similar programs, it's not terribly hard to use.

One area where Audition CC excels is when editing music for singers. The program helps you remove silence, hums, instrumentals, and noise. The vocal enhancer tool can be used to target male or female voices. The automatic pitch correction tool comes in handy for musicians, too.

You can buy Adobe Audition for Windows or macOS by itself or as a bundle with other Adobe software. For example, the price is as low as $20.99 USD/month for just Audition, or you can grab Adobe's whole collection of over 20 apps for $52.99 USD/month.

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FL Studio: Most Comprehensive Music Editor

FL Studio screenshot in Windows 8
What We Like
  • Professional music editing features.

  • Several editions to choose from.

  • Plugin support.

  • Free trial available.

  • Mobile apps.

What We Don't Like
  • Isn't free.

  • Huge setup file (large download).

  • Few free plugins.

  • Steep learning curve.

FL Studio is a feature powerhouse for any music editor. While it definitely isn't as easy to just "get" right off the bat like some of the other less complex editors in this list, it won't leave you wanting more.

You get a big list of free and paid plugins that you can use to expand the program's functionality, a multitouch user interface, a large sound library, an active forum, and video tutorials.

There are four FL Studio editions you can purchase for Windows (11, 10, and 8) or macOS (High Sierra or later), all with free lifetime upgrades: Fruity ($99), Producer ($199), Signature ($299), or All Plugins ($399). Use the edition selection wizard to help determine which one is right for you.

of 07 Best Editor for Joining Song Files
What We Like
  • Very easy to use.

  • Supports unlimited tracks.

  • Works online.

  • Save to your computer or an online storage service.

What We Don't Like
  • Can’t add tracks from URLs or online storage services.

  • Isn't ideal for merging dozens of songs.

Most music editors let you copy and paste songs into one file to effectively join them together, but it’s not always easy. This online music merger is dead simple to use: upload the music, pick which parts to clip and which to merge, and then save it back to your computer.

When you join songs together, you can do things like make song compilations of your favorite music and merge several smaller clips into one larger file.

The music editor couldn’t be easier to use. Clipping is as simple as dragging the tabs left and right, and you get a preview each time to make sure you’re starting and ending each file exactly where you want to. You can even fine-tune the selection with your arrow keys.

Tracks can easily be organized before or after other ones, and a fade in/out button is available for each clip.

Something else that makes this music merger a favorite is that once you’ve saved the mix—to MP3, M4A, WAV, or FLAC—you can return to the editor with the exact same setup you were working with. This makes creating similar sound mixes using the same files easy, but without having to re-upload the files each time.

You can use from any computer that supports a modern web browser.

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