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I've been looking for some programs that could layer audio files, so I could play a couple different voices on my guitar and put them together into one song. There isn't any other classical guitarists around my area (except my two professors) so if I want to make a duo, trio, quartet, I've got to do it myself. Mostly though, I just want to experiment.

So I look around for a program that could do that (first Windows Movie Maker. Didn't work at all). Nothing I found was free or simple.

Anybody know of a simple, free program like that? And for Windows.

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I'm wondering what search terms you were using - this is a huge area, so there are a large number of free applications to do this sort of thing. – Dr Mayhem Aug 7 '14 at 7:56
This should probably be migrated to Software Recommendations. – fNek Aug 7 '14 at 9:34
"so if I want to make a duo, trio, quartet, I've got to do it myself." Well, it certainly worked well for Danny Elfman. – Pharap Aug 7 '14 at 11:53
@fNek where would that be? – Gᴇᴏᴍᴇᴛᴇʀ Aug 7 '14 at 17:50
@Zack - but only a moderator can do that – fNek Aug 8 '14 at 6:16
up vote 6 down vote accepted

If you want to do free live software looping I would suggest the Mobius looper:

If you want to layer audio files and loop them for free, I would suggest Audacity:

For hardware and for paid software I would have other suggestions.

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+1 for Audacity – jeroen_de_schutter Aug 7 '14 at 7:11
another +1 on the Audacity. Best free piece of audio software I've know. For non-free (but very cheap), easy software: check out Reaper! – Recipe Aug 7 '14 at 11:21

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