Simple, Audacity-like program for MacBook Air?

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  1. Swami7774 macrumors newbie

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    I've used Audacity for years on a PC, and am phasing out my use of PCs in favor of Macs. I downloaded Audacity 2.1.0 for Mac, but after trying to use it it's obvious Audacity was not made with Mac in mind.
    Is there a comparable, SIMPLE audio editing program that works better with Mac(specifically a MacBook Air running El Capitan)? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Sebct macrumors regular

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    Have you taken a look at Ardour? Comparable and free, but of course depends on what you are looking for.

    Adobe audition is also pretty simple to use but does require a subscription. (may be good if you already use other adobe applications).
     
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  5. Swami7774 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "Can be" is the important phrase.
    Most of my editing involves old, home tape recordings and some music. Nothing fancy.
    Isn't Garage Band designed for editing music tracks?
     
  6. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    I use it to edit old audio recordings for podcasts.
    Not sure what you're asking regarding editing music tracks, isn't that just a different kind of audio?
     
  7. Swami7774 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll try it. Helps that Garage Band comes with the OS.
     
  8. sracer macrumors 603

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    Although both Audacity and GarageBand work with audio files, their focus and functions are significantly different.
     
  9. Swami7774 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I installed Audacity for Mac and was unpleasantly surprised how unwieldy it is(compared to PC). You have to install several add-ons to make it work. And you have to configure and reconfigure the Mac every time you want to hear audio out of Audacity.
     
  10. sracer macrumors 603

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    I've used Audacity on Windows and currently use it on macOS and I haven't found the need to configure and reconfigure it. The initial installation of add-ons is something that is done once (and something that I have to do with every media software).

    Having said that, if your experience was uncomfortable, I can understand you wanting to look at alternatives.
     
  11. elemenohme macrumors regular

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    I use Audacity on the Mac to record and edit audiobooks for the Librivox project. I've never used it on Windows so I can't make a comparison. But I find it *easier* to use than Garage Band...
     

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