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The five best free audio tools

Have more fun with music on smartphones and PCs

PCs and smartphones are not only designed for work. They're also great for listening to music and watching video on as well. Here's five free downloads that will help improve audio on smartphones and PCs, whether its organising your iTunes library or simply giving your voice a new sound on Skype.

1. Skype Voice Changer 1.0

Skype Voice Changer gives the VoIP communication tool a new fun twist. This free app makes it possible to change the sound of your voice during Skype conversations by applying a number of effects to it.

After launching the program, click the Connect To Skype button in the upper left hand corner of the window, switch to Skype and you will need to grant the application access. Once this has been done, you are free to start exploring the voice changing options it has to offer.

2. SuperSync 4.0

If you are working with a single computer, it is fairly easy to keep your iPhone, iPod or iPad updated with the latest content from your iTunes library. However, many people work with more than one computer and this is when things start to get a little trickier. Thankfully, SuperSync is on hand to help make things easier.

The app makes it possible to view, browse, compare and merge multiple iTunes libraries so you can synchronise your movies, music and playlists from all of the computers you use. Files can be easily moved from one computer to another, and should you decide you do not want to sync an entire library, you can opt to work with just a subset.

3. MediaCoder iPod/iPhone/iPad Edition 0.7 (64-bit)

This edition of MediaCoder will take just about any media source and convert it into a format suitable for playing on Apple devices: the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

The program supports a wide range of audio and video formats: all MPEG variants, AC3, DTS, 3GP/ 3G2, OGG, AAC, WAV, RA and RAM, WMA, APE, FLAC, MKV, AVI, RM, RMVB, WMV, FLV and more. It's also able to transcode directly from discs, URLs, RSS feeds, and most capture devices.

4. MediaMonkey 3.2

MediaMonkey is a smart audio tool that can help organise and manage your music collection in many different ways.

It lets users organise, browse or search their music collection by Genre, Artist, Year and more. It even identifies audio files that are missing tags, and correct them using many sources. So for instance it'll grab album art from Amazon, locate CD information on Freedb and CD-TEXT, find track details on Allmusic, and more.

5. VirtualDJ Home 7.0.3

VirtualDJ is a powerful and feature-packed tool for producing professional MP3 mixes, video enhanced songs and more.

The interface looks a little intimidating, but it doesn't take long to find your way around. Drag and drop an MP3 file onto the first player, for instance, click Play, and you can immediately begin exploring the program's range of sound effects: echo, filter, flanger, a key changer, backspin, customisable beat grid and more.

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