Edit MP3 files "directly" in a waveform editor?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tms, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. tms macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2006
    I have talked to so many sound software makers I'm about ready to go deaf from their inaccuracies.

    Then to learn they only work on the PC platform when I am a professor and director of Electronic Media and Digital Arts for The George Washington University.

    Cakewalk, SoundForge, Quicktime, itunes, Garage Band, Soundtrack Pro, ProTools... on and on

    Audion, an amazing software which I never got to play with, had this MAJOR advantage:

    edit MP3 files "directly" in a waveform editor, rather than having to convert them to AIFF and re-encode.

    And, now I just read Audion has closed shop

    My students and school need software that can perform editing of MP3 files "directly" in a waveform editor without converting.

    Can anyone please help?

    Is there any software out there for MACs that can do this?

    I don't believe itunes, quicktime or garageband can do this?

    The dream software would also allow me to raise and lower volume of a mp3 file & do dj crossfading. Without being overly complicated…. User-friendly

    I’ve heard Felttip’s Sound Design may have mp3 waveform editor??

    Please help me Obi-Wan :)

    Hope to hear from anyone....

    Terry S
    Director of Electronic Media and Digital Arts
    The George Washington University
  2. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    Yes, while Panic, the makers of Audion, have stopped its development, they have made it available for download, free of charge.

    Another popular audio editor is Audacity. It is quite powerful and is freeware.

    Hope that helps.

  3. comictimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    Berkeley, California
    I haven't tried audion, but I'll vouch for audacity... while it's not as good as some pc applications, it's still quite good, perhaps even the best editing software available for mac. At least until you start getting into the extremely expensive stuff anyways.

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