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Adobe Audition for Mac Confirmed, Beta Release in Late 2010

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Earlier this month, we pointed to a YouTube video of what appeared to be a Mac OS X version of Adobe Audition, the company's professional audio production application that has long been a Windows-only release.

As noted by both The Loop and Macworld today, Adobe has officially acknowledged that Audition will be coming to the Mac, with a public beta scheduled for release in "Winter 2010".
Adobe Audition for Mac, coming in a future release, will bring modern audio post-production to the platform of your choice. Familiar tools for audio editing, multitrack mixing and recording will meet expanded device support, greater workflow flexibility, and optimized performance. Plus, best-of-breed audio restoration tools make it easy to clean up production audio. With the essential tools you rely on for fast-turn projects, Audition for the Mac brings a fresh face to audio post-production.
Adobe has also posted a pair of preview videos showing what users can expect in Adobe Audition for Mac.

Article Link: Adobe Audition for Mac Confirmed, Beta Release in Late 2010
 

Neuro

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Is it correct that the price will be around $349? Seems quite steep for an audio editor, but a very welcome alternative nonetheless.

I found when moving from PC to Mac, the music and audio apps just seem so much less responsive. I'd love to see Sound Forge on the Mac too.
 
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m4c1nt05h

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is this supposed to be something like a DAW?

if so, i wonder if it would take AU and VST plug ins.
 
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jayducharme

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Sorry, Jason, but you're not my friend. In fact, you're a little scary....

Seriously, I couldn't make it past his introduction. It seemed so phony.

As for the software, I don't see how this will be any better than what's already out there. And other offerings (including Logic Express, MixPad and Audacity) are much cheaper or even free. There's also the really good online production suite at aviary.com. And of course, Garage Band is free with every Mac. I also just discovered that one of my all-time favorite multitrack programs is finally coming to the Mac: n-Track.

http://ntrack.com/download-mac.php

So there's no shortage of audio editing suites for the Mac. Adobe will have to produce one heck of a product at a steeply competitive price.
 
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alakazzam

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I'm just happy to see more software being developed for the mac. It's frustrating sometimes looking for something to find it's windows only. The more software we get the better in my opinion.
 
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emon878

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Sorry, Jason, but you're not my friend. In fact, you're a little scary....

Seriously, I couldn't make it past his introduction. It seemed so phony.

So true it was terrible, and I liked the way he kept emphasizing CUMMING. But then again I am immature.
 
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SigmundFraud

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Less can be more

Like Bias Peak this is a dedicated wave editor. For jobs like mastering, many digital audio pros and prosumers like this sort of app. You can do most of this in logic, but the closest app to this in logic studio - soundtrack pro - is really more a soundtrack editor than a audio editor and lacks the easy access to analytics that can be handy. So a welcome addition, imho, at the mid- high end where Bias Peak has had the market largely to itself.
 
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Consultant

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Futureware at its best.

... And now we know how many years it takes Adobe to port a Windows program ;)

Cool Edit (sorry, sorry, "Audition") and FL Studio are basically the only reasons I keep a Windows partition. I'm just more used to Audition's interface than anything else out there, know how to do more tricks with it, etc.

One less reason to have to reboot during the day. Thanks, Adobe! Though seriously, seven years?

They seem to hire only the lazy programmers who don't do any work.
 
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SpinThis!

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Audition isn't particularly great as an editor imo and you prob won't use it as a daw per se but what it does offer is a great set of tools for cleaning up or filtering audio in specific ways (eg center channel audio extraction can do some interesting things you're into remixing tracks).
 
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MuzakaEklekta

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Before anyone moans about anything, make sure you know Audition's history and why it is NOT a basic audio editor. It is a phenomenal multi-track DAW which supports VSTis and audio & midi sequencing.

I'm looking forward to recording my next album using Audition for Mac!
 
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NetScheduler

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Before anyone moans about anything, make sure you know Audition's history and why it is NOT a basic audio editor. It is a phenomenal multi-track DAW which supports VSTis and audio & midi sequencing.

I'm looking forward to recording my next album using Audition for Mac!

100% correct. These guys here who are comparing Audition to Garageband sound downright silly. Garageband is a toy compared to this thing. Of course, most of them are simply jumping on the "anti-Adobe Fanboy" bandwagon.

I used Audition when it was Cool Pro Edit and it's a fantastic piece of software and to compare it against a piece of junk like Garageband shows total ignorance of the application.
 
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milo

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Nice to see it coming over, but I'd much rather see Apple get their stuff together and finally work the bugs out of Soundtrack "Pro" and make it the competitive app it has the potential to be.

And I don't think the delay is slow porting, it's just that they weren't interested in the mac market for this product until recently. I wonder if apple hadn't dropped the ball so bad on STP if we'd be seeing this now.

As for the software, I don't see how this will be any better than what's already out there. And other offerings (including Logic Express, MixPad and Audacity) are much cheaper or even free. There's also the really good online production suite at aviary.com. And of course, Garage Band is free with every Mac. I also just discovered that one of my all-time favorite multitrack programs is finally coming to the Mac: n-Track.

http://ntrack.com/download-mac.php

So there's no shortage of audio editing suites for the Mac. Adobe will have to produce one heck of a product at a steeply competitive price.

The apps you all listed are all fairly consumer oriented, while Audition looks much more high end. I'd say there is a gap on the Mac side, especially for destructive audio file editing and multitrack audio that isn't midi oriented. Logic is a great app, but while it is great for music, it's not a great choice for audio post features. Audio/music guys would kill for a "holy grail" audio app for Mac, there are plenty of good ones but few if any that really cover all the bases. Nuendo may come the closest but it's crazy expensive. Sure, Audition isn't cheap, but if it does things that Logic/STP can't, it may be the cheapest option for high end features. And don't forget, Adobe also offers Soundbooth for the lower end.

Ahem...ProTools anyone?

Great app but it requires using their hardware and still has some serious limitations. It doesn't support AU, and RTAS isn't the best format, especially for midi instruments. Plus, PTLE on the low end is very limited and to get around that you either have to buy an extremely expensive TDM system or shell out a ton of money to add back the missing features.
 
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HLdan

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I'm just happy to see more software being developed for the mac. It's frustrating sometimes looking for something to find it's windows only. The more software we get the better in my opinion.

Agreed, BUT in terms of the music and recording industry you won't find much of anything that's "Windows only" which is why the preferred platform for DJ's and recording studios is Mac, I've been in the recording industry for quite a long time and I hardly see any Windows machines used. It's just not the norm.
 
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TripHop

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Winter 2010 Is Over. They Meant Winter 2011.

Winter 2010 Is Over. They Meant Winter 2011.
 
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alakazzam

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Agreed, BUT in terms of the music and recording industry you won't find much of anything that's "Windows only" which is why the preferred platform for DJ's and recording studios is Mac, I've been in the recording industry for quite a long time and I hardly see any Windows machines used. It's just not the norm.

Oh I know it mac has definitely had an edge in the recording industry but, it's still nice to see more software coming over. The biggest thing though is the fact that some major gaming developers have come over to the mac platform. I think that we'll start seeing a lot more mac products.
 
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milo

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Agreed, BUT in terms of the music and recording industry you won't find much of anything that's "Windows only" which is why the preferred platform for DJ's and recording studios is Mac, I've been in the recording industry for quite a long time and I hardly see any Windows machines used. It's just not the norm.

That was the case years ago, but I'd really disagree today. Audition, Sound Forge, FL Studio, Sonar for a start. Plus the windows side has been years ahead when it comes to 64 bit audio apps and plugins, on the mac there are still just one or two host apps in 64 bit and far fewer plugins.

And maybe in actual recording studios there might still be more macs, but there are tons of composers running on PC. Even mac users often use PCs as secondary slave machines. I don't know if there are any numbers available, but I'd bet that there are more pro audio users running PC than mac these days. Really the only reason to do it on mac is probably if you specifically want to use Logic or DP.
 
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reekster

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This may be an overkill for many casual users.

Adobe Audition is a professional editor, different than the other's mentioned here like Audacity etc. Even Protools and other DAW applications have audio editing capabilities but many of us need dedicated audio editing that is more precise and full featured. That's why some companies can charge $400+ for these types of applications.

Apple's Sound Track Pro and Bias Inc's "Peak" are really the only two professional Mac audio editors currently available. I've grown tired of ongoing issues with Peak and may upgrade Logic Express to just get SoundTrack Pro. My last version of Peak, version 5 was buggy and the guy from Bias at a trade show told me the fix was to upgrade. That really ticked me off but reluctantly, I upgraded. It is more stable but crashes frequently and I have a rotten import problem from my exported Cubase mixes that always takes my 24 bit files and converts them to Quicktime 16 bit files. Bias insists that it's my computer but I get the same issue on both my Quad G5 and my Intel based Macbook Pro.
Rumor has it Steinberg is also porting their editor, WaveLab" over to Mac. I used Wavelab on a PC a few years back and that was also a nice editor.
 
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DocNYz

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Sorry, Jason, but you're not my friend. In fact, you're a little scary....

Seriously, I couldn't make it past his introduction. It seemed so phony.

As for the software, I don't see how this will be any better than what's already out there. And other offerings (including Logic Express, MixPad and Audacity) are much cheaper or even free. There's also the really good online production suite at aviary.com. And of course, Garage Band is free with every Mac. I also just discovered that one of my all-time favorite multitrack programs is finally coming to the Mac: n-Track.

http://ntrack.com/download-mac.php

So there's no shortage of audio editing suites for the Mac. Adobe will have to produce one heck of a product at a steeply competitive price.


seriously they need a different spokes"man"
 
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DocNYz

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100% correct. These guys here who are comparing Audition to Garageband sound downright silly. Garageband is a toy compared to this thing. Of course, most of them are simply jumping on the "anti-Adobe Fanboy" bandwagon.

I used Audition when it was Cool Pro Edit and it's a fantastic piece of software and to compare it against a piece of junk like Garageband shows total ignorance of the application.

I took an entire class on it and it is by far one of my favorite programs - I almost installed bootcamp just for it
 
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