Alrighty then, so you’ve read our awesome and inspirational product review of several popular models of digital recorders and gone and investigated to your fullest. Now what? Yep, you guessed it. The least glamorous part of the job. The job you can’t even pass off to the new kid on the team because it’s so important. Evidence review, the 2 words that drain fun and moral out of something faster than OSHA at an auto shop.
Now before we dive in, editing audio is about as simple as it gets, the last break through feature was probably the speaker. With that said it’s really just a matter of personal preference. This guide is just here to show you some tried and true programs and maybe some you’ve haven’t seen.
Audacity: Free (as in beer) and open-source to boot! Simple to use, multi-platform for all you hipster investigators and your MacBooks, this program is used by almost every investigator I know at least to some degree.
Cool Edit Pro: I can’t give you a link to this one because Adobe bought them out a while back. A quick google search will lead you in the right direction though. I mention this program because at one point is was the best, for many reasons. A bit of a throwback and no longer supported this antique program is best left a footnote or when trying to prove how old school you are.
Adobe Audition 3: This is what Cool Edit eventually grew up to be. Expensive and extremely bloated like only Adobe can manage. If this is your software of preference then chances are your butler drives you to your investigations and your dad pays ghosts to shout into your recorder.
Wavosaur: Another free program this program can do some pretty great things. The greatest part for me is the backwards compatibility (starting from windows 98!) and the fact that there is no installer so you can load it on a thumb drive and go.
Diamond Cut DC8: While missing from many other lists, you just can’t ignore a program whos sole purpose it is to restore/re-master old vinyls and reels to CD quality. On one hand it could really pull out that EVP, on the other, if you’re reaching that deep into left field for an EVP chances are it isn’t going to blow your mind.
Not inspired? Check out this much bigger (though less awesomely written) entry on Wikipedia.
And as always, feel free to comment!