Audio Editing - Music Production

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by liamski, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. liamski macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2007

    I produce music and am looking to do more re-editing of tracks - for example, taking old disco records, and extending / re-eqing them.

    I'm relatively new to Macs and am looking for the most user friendly applications. At a guess, I reckon my choices are..


    However.... I'm sure there are more out there I should consider.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Note that I am mainly concerned with audio editing rather than midi-type features.

  2. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I'm not much of a music maker myself, but have you considered GarageBand? Comes with your Mac, so it's definitely cheaper than Logic or Reason.
  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007

    If you have all of the separated tracks, then I agree with epochblue...garageband will probably work fine for you. If you are wanting advanced features, I would go with logic pro. Will take you more time to learn, but not much more, but also not free. I'm not a huge cubase fan, so I can't give a fair eval of that one.

    good luck with your hunt,

  4. rhoydotp macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2006
    if you're going to use it for producing music, don't use garageband. it is low-quality (audio) and good for quick-takes & demos. i would consider getting protools or cubase but for a bit of a price. then again, you can write it off as part of your business, if you have one :D
  5. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Garageband will record at 44.1Khz, 16 bits, which is CD quality, if you have a decent pre-amp it's good.

    For ease of use I'd say GB is a good starting point, but Logic Pro is overkill and way too hard to learn from a beginners perspective.

    You might want to look at Logic Express however, steep learning curve but cheap.
  6. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    pro tools is still the king of audio editing.
  7. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    I disagree with your statement about the quality, the quality is great, maybe you just don't know how to use it properly. <---(you see how I just made a statement without really knowing what i'm talking about.)

    As far as good for quick takes and demos, true, but also good for entire orchestrations.

    I do believe it would depend on your input source instrument, and the other equipment that you use before the audio get's to garage band.

  8. mongushu macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2007
    Ableton live, ableton live, ableton live.

    It fits the bill for what you want to do so well, that it warranted me saying it three times.

    Live has an incredibly intuitive interface and features that lend themselves to manipulating, remixing, and mashing. This seems like what you are interested in doing. Also, it doesn't require that you buy any hardware (as would be the case with Protools). At the same however, should you choose to use a midi device, the midi-mapping functions are brilliantly easy to use.

    Its affordable, "reWire-able", and more importantly, an amazing creative tool. In my opinion, one of the best.

    definitely try a demo before you decide!
  9. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    all the above choices are good, so I might as well throw Digital Performer 5 into the mix if for no other reason other than it's the only one unmentioned thus far.

    Have you used any of the programs listed before? If so maybe just stick with it if you already have some knowledge of it and are familiar with the interface.

    I prefer Ableton and Logic personally. :)

    pretty sure most of these programs have demos, try em all, and trash the ones you don't like.

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