Looking for a good audio editor like Goldwave

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by dpriest, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. dpriest macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2014
    I have been a Mac user for the last 4 years as I have a MacBook Pro and love it. I have been a PC user for over 20 years and hate it. I am looking forward to burying my PC, but there are a couple of applications I find easier to do on the PC than the Mac and one is audio editing. I am by no means a professional, but I use a pc program called Goldwave which allows me to take all kinds of audio formats from wav, flac, mp3, etc. and increase the pitch, change the volume or quality of sound, put in cue points so I can split, cut, trim audio files and merge audio files. I also encode my mp3 files with the lame codec.

    I have been experimenting with audacity, but it doesn't seem to have the same user friendly interface that goldwave has and when I change the pitch, it doesn't allow me to sample the audio at different parts of the track but rather just at the beginning. Believe it or not, these little details add up. Maybe I don't know how to use audacity as it was meant to be used or maybe there is a program I don't know about. Thanks for your help in advance.
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The obvious first choice for editing audio on a Mac is Garage Band. I'd say use that until you have something you need to do that GB can't do. Then upgrade to Logic. Much of the power of both GB and Logic is that you can add AU plug-ins.

    Logic is likely gross overkill for what you need.

    You have to resist the temptation is say "this app sucks because I don't know how to use it." Everything new is like that. Look at either lynda.com or http://www.macprovideo.com for training. It is worth the subscription price vs. Free Youtube
  3. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I really enjoyed Adobe Audition. I was a beta tester of the first version for Mac around 2010. Sadly, I lost the package when I inadvertently tried installing Windows XP SP1 (which was unsupported) on my 2010 Mini via Bootcamp. The beta app seemed not having expiration date. For home use, it was fine even crashing sometimes.

    Now Adobe subscription services are expensive for home use, so I wonder if is there a "Pixelmator" app for audio stuff, that is, a good and affordable option targetted for who doesn't make money from music production.
  4. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Soundforge is now on Mac. That was always my favorite powerhouse in oc before I converted. Used to love Bias Peak before they went under. Total shame, but Sony Soundforge makes up for it though.

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