There are a variety of audio formats that can be used with voice recordings. You may need to convert your recording to a different file format depending on how you intend to use it. The MP3 format is a popular audio file format that may be used in a range of applications. On many mobile devices, the AMR file format is a standard file type for audio. Finally, VLC files for Android support a wide range of file types, including MP3, AMR, and a variety of other audio formats.
1. Audials Music: Best audio converter software overall
Perfect for Spotify users is one of the best reasons to buy. Conversion is really quick. There are a lot of other features.
Avoid for the following reasons: -Expensive-No Mac version
Our top pick is this quick audio converter. Although there is a learning curve when you initially launch the programme, you’ll quickly discover that the capabilities make immediately converting software from sources like Spotify and Deezer a breeze. The most recent version of the software, released in 2021, costs roughly $40 and allows you to record songs and audiobooks from your favourite streaming providers fast and lawfully.
The software takes care of everything for you, intelligently labelling and adding information to your tracks as you convert them. We also like that it features a rapid recording mode, which allows you to record music 15 times faster than normal playback. There’s even the option to convert audiobooks at ten times their normal speed, which is useful given that most of them are over ten hours long.
Music is compatible with approximately 40 audio files and can convert them to 11 other audio formats in a matter of seconds. The only serious criticism we have of the software is that it can be difficult to figure out all of its functions, and it isn’t inexpensive; but, if you need to bulk convert audio files, it’s well worth the money.
3. Freemake Audio Converter: Best free converter
Freemake is audio converter software that is (mainly) free. We say’mostly’ because, while it is free to download, this version only allows you to convert audio into three-minute or shorter files. As a result, if you’re converting audio to MP3 to listen to music on your smartphone, this won’t work for the vast majority of recordings. You must pay to upgrade if you want the complete range of features. When you download the Audio Converter, Freemake also wants to install an additional programme on your computer, which you must disable.
Apart from that, it’s a good piece of audio converter software, especially considering it’s free.
While file conversion is slower than Switch or Audials Music, Freemake can perform batch conversion and will optimise audio to a reasonable degree for you. It’s simple to use and won’t consume a lot of your computer’s resources.
The list of supported audio files is amazing - at 50+, it’s one of the most comprehensive and comprehensive tools we’ve seen. Freemake, like all other audio converters, can convert video to pure audio tracks.
2. Switch Audio Converter: A good all-round converter
While it isn’t the most feature-rich, it is quick, easy to use, and has all of the tools you’ll need to batch-convert audio files. It supports all of the major audio file formats, with a total of 40 audio files that can be converted to 26 output formats. This software can extract audio from DVDs and other popular video formats such as AVI, MOV, and MPEG, as well as convert audio from bigger lossless formats to smaller lossless ones to conserve space.
If you’re converting from an earlier format, Switch supports audio normalisation, which improves the recording’s quality and reduces noise. While all of this is done automatically, you may still manually modify levels and trim your audio files if you want more flexibility. Furthermore, Switch is the fastest of all the converters we evaluated, making it perfect for big batches of files that need to be converted in a single session.
Switch has a free version, but it has limited functionality and can only convert batches of five audio files at a time. However, it’s ideal for trying out the software, so you should at least try the free trial.
4. Stellar Audio Converter: Very simple to use
Stellar Audio Converter is a mid-range application with a user-friendly interface. This is a wonderful alternative if you require a trustworthy tool that is simple to use. It’s a reliable performer that doesn’t accomplish anything significantly better or worse than the other programmes in this list. It’s mid-priced, mid-speed, and features are limited (but not completely lacking).
However, Stellar features a built-in video editor, making it a one-stop shop for anyone converting audio for use in video projects. You can make any type of video you want, with converted audio in whatever format you choose, whether it’s the same format as the video, reduced down, or stitched together with other files.
You can also use this to create animated gifs.
Stellar, on the other hand, has issues with normalisation and doesn’t have as many audio editing capabilities as other apps. You’re better off going elsewhere if you’re switching from streaming services, for example.
5. Xilisoft Audio Converter: Good for older audio
If the most crucial factor is simplicity, Xilisoft Audio Converter is a fantastic choice. It’s Mac and PC compatible, and it’s simple to use on both platforms, especially if you’re converting audio in single files or small batches. The normalisation is very effective here, and the programme is a fantastic match for any audio conversion from cassettes or older LP records.
However, there are drawbacks. The price is one - this software is as expensive as Switch, but it converts audio files significantly slower, so we can’t suggest it if you’re working with huge batches of files.
It has all of the same compatibilities as other applications, which is beneficial, and it can also extract audio from video formats, which is also beneficial.
Basic audio editing facilities are also integrated into Xilisoft, but not nearly as many as more specialised programmes like Stellar. This could be the converter for you if you only want to do minor changes to your audio files and only want to import a few from older formats.