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When recording audio on the PC, most people reach for Audacity, and that’s a solid choice. However, sometimes you don’t want to open a dedicated program to record or edit audio. Sometimes…it’d be nice to be able to record audio while still in your browser.

TwistedWave is the audio app for Chrome that does just that. It’s been an esteemed audio software made for the Mac for years, and now they’re offering a toned-down online version for everyone. TwistedWave for Chrome, however, is still loaded with some cool features. It provides dozens of special effects, an easy-to-use interface, and it can even sync with Google Drive.

Our guide will outline how to use the in-browser audio editor, TwistedWave.

SEE ALSO: The Complete Guide to Recording and Editing Podcasts in Audacity

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Getting Started with TwistedWave

After you’ve installed the TwistedWave app, which you can do so by downloading here, you will need to register or an account, which is free. TwistedWave only allows 30 seconds of audio recording without being signed in.

And at the top right of the main page, click the “Sign up” link, then fill in your name and email address to register.

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After registering, you now can record audio files in TwistedWave that are up to 20 minutes in length. This is, unfortunately, the max length for all accounts in TwistedWave since it’s still in beta mode. A total 10 hours max of audio can be saved in your account.

After you login, you will be brought to your profile page where you can choose an action. Under the “Document List” area, you have several options when it comes to handling audio files in TwistedWave.

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You can create a brand new audio file of course, but first, make sure you designate the right audio input by going to “Audio” and clicking “Select Audio Input.” Click the drop-down arrow and find the correct input device.

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Other than creating new audio files, TwistedWave also lets you import sound files from several different locations – your computer, Google Drive and SoundCloud – which have their own green buttons for easy access.

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And they make it blissfully easy to import audio files into TwistedWave by adding a “Drop a File” area. Here, you can click and drag files from your computer to import them even quicker.

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Recording a New Audio File

And when creating a new sound file in TwistedWave, the program offers several features you might already be familiar with if you’ve ever used Audacity. First, click “New Document.

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A separate window will open for recording that is replete with a recording timeline and a toolbar with playback controls.

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To begin recording, click the red “Record” button, and recording will commence. The way the recording window looks and feels is quite similar to Audacity. If you’ve worked with Audacity before, you will feel right at home.

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And in the recording window, the program displays a number in the top-right corner letting you know your cursor position. A handy “Export” icon is also in this area.

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The media playback toolbar meanwhile includes a few other cool features other than the usual, “Back,” “Play,” “Forward” and “Record” options.

The green arrow in a circle represents the “Loop” tool, which repeats your file. There are also red arrow icons that let you “Undo” or “Redo” your recording, “Zoom in” and “Zoom out,” “Normalize” (for setting the peak amplitude) and “Fade In” and “Fade out.”

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And if you need more time than the 20-minute limit, you can purchase more time by going to “File,” then choose “Purchase.”

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A small dialog window will appear, showing you the prices with times.

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Special Effects

TwistedWave offers a ton of special effects you can use with your audio to enhance the effect and make it sound highly professional. The special effects options are located in the “Effects” menu at the top of the window.

And when you click the Effects menu, several basic effects options will be located in the heart of the menu, such as “Amplify,” “Normalize” and “Fading” tools, and other options like “Silence,” “Reverse” and “Invert Polarity

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And if you select the “VST Effects” option at the top of the Effects menu, a huge sub-menu will appear, showing you dozens of additional special effects you can apply to your recording.

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When you select one of these, a small dialog box will pop-up, where you can edit and view it in “Preview,” before selecting “Apply.”

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You can add most standard special effects such as additional bass, ambiance or an epic echo effect, “mdaDelay.so.”

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You can also add some pretty unique effects like beatbox, piano, or even adding a grainy sound quality to your audio file, which is the “mda.RePschyo!.so” effect.

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Saving Your Audio Files

To name a file in TwistedWave, which you should do as soon as you open a new recording window, click the word “Untitled” at the top of the screen, then type in the name you’d like.

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And you don’t have to worry about manually saving your files in TwistedWave. The app automatically saves everything you record whenever you close a recording window, and a list of your audio files will build up on your login screen. The list will show you their length and how long ago they were recorded. It also keeps a tally of your total memory usage, so you can make sure you don’t go over the 10-hour limit.

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Compatible with Google Drive

You can also directly save your audio files right to Google Drive, and this also goes for SoundCloud accounts as well. To upload a file to Drive, go to “File” and “Save to Google Drive.”

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A dialog window will appear where you can choose the file type, WAV, MP3 or several other options, as well as the compression and file name.

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Next, you must give TwistedWave permission to access your Drive account by clicking “Accept.” Next, you can go to your Drive account to see your files.

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When you right-click a TwistedWave file in Drive, several options are possible such as “Preview,” “Open With…,” and others.

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TwistedWave vs. Audacity

When comparing the online version of TwistedWave to Audacity, the basics are the same – the recording windows look and feel quite similar, however after that, Audacity takes the lead by having a lot more advanced features, and of course the option to record an unlimited length of audio which you can’t do without paying in TwistedWave. However, TwistedWave has one thing Audacity doesn’t – it lets you save files directly to SoundCloud as well as Google Drive, and that is definitely the future of online audio recording.

Conclusion

Even if at the end of the day all TwistedWave for Chrome really is a shortcut to the app online, it provides a nice way to record audio without the hassle having to open another program. And whether you’re looking for a simple program to record something quick or maybe you want to record an hour-long podcast, TwistedWave is the proven in-browser solution.

And TwistedWave is just the beginning of the cool Chrome apps. Here are six other lesser-known Chrome apps to check out.

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