With that in mind, here are my favorite free/cheap audio recording programs for making music.
This is the one that holds my audio engineering heart (however small). It’s easy to use and has built-in presets and effects for mixing. It’s similar to ProTools, but fit for paupers like me. The cross-fade is brilliant, and it makes precise editing simple.
The cost is based on the honor system; it’s a free download and the price tag depends on whether you’ll use it for personal or commercial purposes.
If you’re a Mac Head, it’s your best option; it comes pre-loaded on every Apple computer and has plenty of pre-recorded instruments that are easily customizable.
One downside is that crossfade didn’t exist when I used it, and it still seems to be user unfriendly, from what I’ve read online.
Ones to watch
A con: it seems to allow one-track recording, but not two tracks at a time, which is a major downside if so.
Soundation is another online recording program that I’ve tried using. It, too, doesn’t seem to allow multi-track recording, so this one may be good if you’re looking to keep it simple.
And that’s my list. Give ’em a try and let me know what you think.