Simple Audio editor for Intel

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by 1dterbeest, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    When I ran Windows, I used to use SoundForge
    to do all my audio editing and file conversion,
    but now I'm using a macbook pro. I don't have
    much money to spend on this kind of software.

    What are good audio editors for intel Mac?

    I'm kind of looking for shareware or freeware
    at this point. It needs to have the ability to
    record from the mic line or internal mic and
    it needs to be SMALL (no garageband!).

    Something similar to Audacity would be nice.
    I've tried Audacity and I don't like it. I used
    to have Cacaphony on my G4 iMac. Simple,
    easy, and it worked great. Any suggestions
    on what to get? It NEEDS to be universal.
     
  2. howesey macrumors 6502a

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  3. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816

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    Listen to the man! He's got a point!

    :D

    Rich.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So the problem with Garageband is size and bulk, which I understand. Can you say more about what is wrong with Audacity, so we know what to help you look for?

    This app is very simple and used to be bundled with consumer macs...

    http://www.freeverse.com/soundstudio/

    It doesn't come with Intel macs, does it? It doesn't sound like it's UB yet, either. :(
     
  5. 1dterbeest thread starter macrumors regular

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    SoundStudio seems like it might do just what I'm looking
    for, but I'm not gonna pay $80 for it if it isn't Universal
    Binary yet. Audacity launched really slow and it crashed
    once out of the three or four times I tried to use it. Also,
    i couldn't figure out how to change the recording input
    in the program right away.

    Is there a universal binary for Audacity out already?
    There wasn't when I downloaded it, but that was a while
    ago now. Maybe it would run better and I would actually
    use it and get to know it.

    Audacity is a processor-hog on my Macbook Pro and it
    probaby will be as long as it isn't a univeral binary.

    I need something LITE because I'm running it at the same
    time as iTunes and Reason 3.0 (which isn't universal yet).
     
  6. bgalizio macrumors member

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    Sound Studio 3 IS a universal binary. A UB does not yet exist for Audacity. Download the SS3 trial (very generous trial period) and play with it to see if it'll suit your needs.
     
  7. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    If your going to pay in the end, go for Logic Express.


    Or go out and buy a soundcard which has Pro Tools M-Powered or Cubase LE bundled with it. You'll need one if you want to record an external mic.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ooooh, thanks for the clarification...they should really make this clear on this web page. That's a strong selling point. :)

    I actually really like this app. I hope that Apple is still bundling this with consumer Intel Macs. :)
     
  9. bgalizio macrumors member

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    Nope, it isn't bundled in with the Intel Macs. I have an Intel iMac (first Mac) and have been playing around with Sound Studio. My needs are very simple - tracking, resampling, dithering, simple fades and that's it. I'm a "taper," live concert recording archivist. I don't do much post-processing on my recordings and plan to keep it that way. What you heard at the show is what you get!
     
  10. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    The best little two track record app I have found for Mac is Spark ME (free but hard to find now). Development has stopped, and it's not available anymore. But this thing will record with my firewire 410 at any insane sample/bit rates I want. Has a meter of recording time and recording time avail on your hard drive while recording, as well as input levels. It's great.
    Search hard and you can probably find it somewhere. No intel version though, sorry.

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    And Audacity is buggy as hell on the Mac. Solid as a rock in Linux and Windows. I love audacity, though it's just not stable to record and doesn't work with my firewire I/O devices.
     
  11. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    ardour is pretty good. I have so many cubase CD'S at my house, it's not even funny. every time i buy any audio device, i get another copy of cubase le. tons of my midi stuff came with live lite 4. pm me if you would like a copy.
     
  12. 1dterbeest thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried installing Cubase from a Presonus Firebox package,
    and it couldn't install. I got some error message that
    sounded like it just wouldn't work on the Intel. These
    companies need to seriously get moving and get an easy
    simple intel sound recording and editing program out.
     

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