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ocenaudio v3.13.4 Updated

Ennovy on 8 Feb 2024

ocenaudio is a fast and easy audio editor and recorder that supports most audio formats. It includes a variety of audio edit tools and effects as well as VST plug-ins support, real-time preview of effects, multi-selection for delicate editions, efficient editing of large files, spectrogram and more.

ocenaudio is a cross-platform program available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. It creates an empty folder in AppData.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ocenaudio.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Audacity
What's new? See:
Latest comments
Midas on 2019-10-14 09:41

On a side note, I had to disguise my reply because it fell foul of the site's banned word list while Fire The Fox accusation of Ocenaudio sailed through by using plurals...

webfork on 2019-10-15 22:48

@Fox: You might want to run files you test through VirusTotal before posting. I rechecked both 32 and 64 bit and both are safe.

PapaiMark on 2023-11-06 02:46

It is my default sound manager. Not perfect. It has the worst 'compressor' you can imagine but the 'limiter' is perfect. Very easy to use. Uses only VST2 plugins. For a good and free compressor, use eaReckon FREE87 FR-COMP. Very simple. Important to say also that the copy/paste sound areas count as miliseconds. So, after many operations, the time of the sound will be higher or lower.

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Audacity v3.4.2

Ennovy on 16 Nov 2023
  • 26MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Nov 2023
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Audacity is a multi-track sound recorder and editor with support for most audio formats and sophisticated effects such as noise removal and studio reverb. Users can record live audio, compress or convert file types, as well as cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.

Cross platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Alternatively, Audacity Portable and X-Audacity are also available.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty folder and name it Portable Settings in the same directory
  3. Launch Audacity.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Wavosaur
What's new? See:
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anon2219 on 2021-12-29 23:12

My understanding is that data collection concerns can be disabled:

Ultra7ven on 2021-12-31 13:06

After years of not being able to just drop-in a recent version of ffmpeg in Audacity's application folder, you can finally just do that.

Tried on recent version Audacity_x64 with ffmpeg_x64 (needs the shared builds) and it works! Just have to update location folder of ffmpeg on main gui.


[ Audacity ]
[ ffmpeg ]
[ help ]
[ Languages ]
[ modules ]
[ nyquist ]
[ plug-ins ]

NB: on the portableapps version I replaced the old ffmpeg binaries with new versions, and it works too.

freakazoid on 2021-12-31 16:28

@Ultra7ven - I have a forum post written up about how to set ffmpeg as a portable relative path:

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OBS Studio v29.1.3

SYSTEM on 7 Jul 2023
  • 357MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Jun 2023
  • Suggested by webfork

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio is a powerful and flexible screen recording and screencasting tool. The program includes real-time recording, broadcasting, and audio mixing and layouts. The "scene" system allows building custom input settings with numerous audio and video sources (multiple microphones, webcam, applications, screens etc.). Available filters allow for automatic, live filtering including crop, color correction, sharpen, chroma key, audio gain and more.

Cross-platform with versions available for Mac and Linux. Alternatively, PortableApps' OBS Portable is also available.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch obs32.exe --portable or obs64.exe --portable (for 64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: ShareX, Easy Screencast Recorder
What's new? 29.1.1 Hotfix Changes
  • Fixed some Elgato devices being blocked on Windows [notr1ch]
  • Fixed audio mixer warning about sources not assigned to any tracks while monitoring was set to "Monitor Only (mute output)" [derrod]
  • Fixed FLAC being erroneously shown as compatible with MOV [derrod]
  • Added an error message for NVENC AV1 to explain why it fails [notr1ch]
  • Fixed an issue where captured video could appear to have tearing on Intel Macs [jpark37]
  • Fixed a data corruption issue that could occur when switching scene collections [derrod]
  • Fixed a crash that could occur on macOS when connecting a service account [PatTheMav]

29.1.2 Hotfix Changes
  • Adjusted GPU priority level when Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling (HAGS) is enabled in Windows settings [derrod]
    • This fixes OBS freezing and driver crashes that some users experienced when using NVIDIA Audio Effects filters
    • We will continue to work with NVIDIA to determine the root cause of these issues and revisit this change at a later date
  • Fixed a possible crash when interrupting stingers [Lain]
  • Fixed a crash when double-clicking non-multiview projectors [notr1ch]
  • Fixed a crash on opening settings when a non-existent service was selected [derrod]
  • Fixed a crash when receiving multiple SIGINT signals [norihiro]
  • Fixed a crash when closing OBS while a background thread had not completed [norihiro]
  • Fixed the keyframe interval calculation for the VideoToolbox encoder [gxalpha]
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the "Source Cleanup Error" to show when switching scene collections [derrod]
  • Fixed a reference leak with virtual camera when using source output mode [derrod]
  • Fixed the missing files dialog disappearing behind the main window on macOS [gxalpha]
  • Fixed an issue where selecting no audio tracks for streaming or recording could cause the output to fail to start [gxalpha]
  • Fixed an issue where sources could become permanently invisible until transform is reset [Lain-B]
  • Fixed audio monitoring when using PulseAudio [jp-bennett]
  • Fixed some translation texts missing [norihiro]
  • Fixed an issue with properties never being updated in some scenarios [gxalpha]
  • Fixed button colors when using the scene list grid mode [TianQiBuTian]
  • Fixed Lua script file names not being set [derrod]

29.1.3 Hotfix Changes
  • Fixed service selection resetting for services that are not shown by default [derrod]
  • Fixed crash when properties are deleted in callback, e.g. with the Source Record plugin [derrod]
  • Fixed keyboard shortcuts not being displayed for some context menu items [cg2121]
  • Fixed crash with Freetype 2 text sources with non-ASCII text [norihiro]
  • Fixed AMF encoder reconfiguration and dynamic bitrate not working [rhutsAMD]
  • Fixed AMF preset fallback not taking the GPUs reported throughput into account [rhutsAMD]
  • Fixed a bug preventing properties dialogs from being closed with the “Cancel” button [tuduweb]
  • Fixed window capture/game capture compatibility notices being displayed erroneously [notr1ch]
  • Fixed potential crash on exit with obs-websockets [tt2468]
  • Fixed a crash when unloading Lua scripts [xahon]
  • Fixed unnecessary undo/redo entries being created for text sources [exeldro]
  • Fixed macOS capture showing a white background on macOS 14 Beta [gxalpha]
  • Fixed macOS graphics thread timer accuracy [kc5nra]
  • Fixed a bug where the checkable "Source Toolbar" menu item in the View menu wouldn't update when you used the "Show Source Toolbar" and "Hide Source Toolbar" hotkeys [norihiro]
  • Fixed a bug where switching between "Fade" and "Fade to Black" for a quick transition would not work properly [norihiro]
  • Fixed a bug in audio settings where Audio Channels, Sample Rate, and Low Latency Audio Buffer Mode would sometimes not save properly [norihiro]
  • Fixed a bug where the placeholder text for "Group" when adding a new group wouldn't be properly localized [norihiro]
Latest comments
Specular on 2019-03-05 08:39

@vmars316 - I checked and OBS Studio is QT-based rather than Electron-based (though a different project called Streamlabs OBS is). I've updated the entry.

Yucca on 2019-06-12 11:35

As of June 12, OBS version 23.2.0 is a release candidate and not the current stable version. The current stable version is 23.1.0. If you post a release candidate, that should be stated in the description so users can know what they are downloading.

rb161 on 2020-12-16 23:25

My recently purchased webcam only works with one version of OBS so I'm unable to upgrade to use new features. I have always had problems playing any video except uncompressed and despite being able to play and edit just about any anything in other software on my PC. Other people have complained about the same issue (videos showing as a black screen) for years but the problem is never addressed by the developers. If you can work around issues such as these or are lucky enough not to be plagued by them, then OBS is nice, light software and recording and streaming work well.

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Wavosaur v1.8.0.0

Ennovy on 21 May 2023
  • 770KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 May 2023
  • Suggested by NewKreation

Wavosaur is a fast and easy multi-audiowave file editor created for editing audio clips, sound design, mastering, managing and recording. The program is compatible with VSTs and capable of using them in real time to listen to effects-processed audio. It can also monitor audio ports and is MIDI-controllable.

Features include ASIO support, import (MP3, aiff, raw binary, au/snd, ADPCM and so on), MP3 export, statistic/analysis tools (2D/3D spectrum, real time oscilloscope), process tools (resample, bit-depth convert 8, 16, 24, 32 bits, pitch shift, vocal removal, etc.), batch processing and more.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Wavosaur.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Audacity
What's new? See:
Latest comments
zorro on 2020-03-21 07:25

The update to applies only for the x86-version - interestingly the x64-version remains at (last update 06.12.2016!)

freakazoid on 2020-03-21 18:15

@zorro - Looks like the Wavosaur team updated the x64 version after you mentioned it :)

fcomer on 2022-07-16 20:39

Great software! The real time effects support is what sets it apart from Audacity. I wish it was open source though...

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mp3DirectCut v2.36

webfork on 8 May 2022
  • 564KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Jan 2022
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

mp3DirectCut is a small tool for editing MPEG audio directly. You can remove parts, change the volume, split files or copy regions to new files, all without the need to decompress your MP3 into PCM/WAV. This saves work, encoding time and disk space. In addition, there is no quality loss to edited files.

Runs on:WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Optionally:
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch mp3DirectCut.exe
  3. When prompted, select "Portable forced" and restart

Optionally, delete License.txt and unnecessary language files
What's new? See:
Latest comments
j7n on 2017-04-06 22:59

The new "flat" design with similar monochrome icons is a step back in usability. Normal appearance, apart from grouping of toolbar buttons, can be restored under Configuration -> Layout.

The program is a good tool for trimming old MP3 encodes without incurring further quality loss. Glitches are avoided if the MP3 is upconverted to 320 kbit beforehand with MP3Packer.

I wish it also supported common simple video soundtrack formats.

aazard on 2020-11-30 23:58

AT ITS SIZE, nothing is like this! so powerful

Its similar to AviTricks Classic for Avi editing, but for audio files. Using a 3rd "tiny" app, Avi2wav, these together are 2mb worth of just stupid levels of "professionalism"

...If your only audio editor was this little guy, you could PULL A LOT OFF

tomcat on 2021-08-31 04:09

How to extract: For portability, you now have to tick the option it presents you to force it.

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Streamosaur v1.0.0.1

billon on 19 Feb 2018
  • 61KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Nov 2008
  • Suggested by Island Boy

Streamosaur is an audio recording program that records directly to disk. Streamosaur can use any broadcast from the sound card including microphone, input lines from external mixer and more. Saves in uncompressed WAV format by default, but encoding directly to MP3 (128 kbps) can be enabled.

The advantage to this software is that recordings can be made faster and easier, without drawing from a temporary file in RAM like many other recording programs. Additionally, the only limit to recording time is your drive size.

From the makers of Wavosaur.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Streamosaur.X.X.X.X.exe.

Optionally, to enable MP3 recording, read these instructions.
Latest comments
freakazoid on 2010-10-17 02:16

Forgot to mention you can set the MP3 bitrate in the streamosaur.ini file.

webfork on 2010-10-17 03:50

freakazoid: in testing I was unable to modify the bitrate. I changed it but the program would change it back and files output would remain at 128.

freakazoid on 2010-10-17 05:48

@webfork - You are indeed right! I assumed changing the bitrate setting in the .ini would change the bitrate in Streamosaur. Guess I was wrong!

However, some have had success over on the Streamosaur forums:

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