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Dexster is an advanced visual audio editor with powerful capabilities for processing sound. It features numerous sound filters and audio effects that help to edit audio files according to your needs. It supports a number of popular audio formats, including MP2, MP3, WAV (compressed and uncompressed versions), MPC, AVI (audio tracks), WMA, OGG Vorbis, AIFF, AU, VOX, G.721, G.723, G.726, CDA (Audio CD). The program can work with the supported formats directly. For example, using Dexster as an MP3 editor, you don't need to convert MP3 to WAV before you edit audio and don't need to convert the resulting WAV to MP3 after editing. Dexster will normalize sound in your audio files. It is possible to amplify any part of the sound file or, the other way around, reduce sound volume of the complete file or of its part. You can add fade in and fade out sound effects of any desirable length.
When you open an audio file in Dexster, the program creates a waveform for the file. For two-channel (stereo) files, two waveforms are built. You can easily select necessary parts of the audio with your mouse and apply necessary audio filters or sound effects. It is possible to delete a part of the audio file, join audio files, insert silence (pauses), extract a part of audio, extract audio from video. The effect of every operation is immediately shown on the waveform, you can also check how it sounds by playing the edited audio.
Dexster can also convert files from one supported audio format to another and rip Audio CDs. On the other hand, there is a built-in tool to burn Audio CD, so you can create your own Audio CDs. Another tool will help you to record sound from your microphone or from another usable source.
Among other useful features we should mention noise reduction and vocal reduction. Vocal reduction can be used to create karaoke from MP3 files or from music in any other format (one should mention here that it would be a pseudo-karaoke, as no technology can completely remove voice from MP3/WMA/OGG and other similar files).
Important features of Dexster in a nutshell:
- Visual audio editing, select parts and apply sound effects or audio filters directly on the waveform.
- Numerous sound effects: Amplify, Compressor, Delay, Envelope, Equalizer, Expander, Fade, Flanger, Invert, Normalize, Phaser, Reverb, Reverse, Silence, Stretch, Trim, Vibrato, Chorus, Pitch Shift.
- Audio filters for every possible situation: BandPassFilter, FFTFilter, HighPassFilter, HighShelfFilter, LowPassFilter, LowShelfFilter, NotchFilter, Peak EQ Filter, Finite Impulse Response Filter.
- Record audio with the built-in sound recorder. There is a recording timer.
- Rip Audio CD to any of the supported formats.
- Merge audio files.
- Extract sound from video.
- Insert silence.
- Insert noise.
- Convert audio files from one format to another.
- Edit several audio files simultaneously.
- Reduce vocals.
- Reduce noise.
- Mix audio.
- All Windows operating system are supported, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7.