Sure, there are basic stereo audio editors built into most multitrack audio apps, but for most of us, nothing can replace a trusty stereo waveform editor and batch processor. In that spirit, my review of Peak Pro XT 5 is up on

Peak Pro XT 5: Sound-editing software bundles great restoration, mastering, and CD-creation software
(4.5 mice)

. . . when it comes to day-to-day work with stereo files, you’ll have a hard time finding a better tool than Peak Pro XT 5. Most users will be well-served by Peak LE 5, but the Pro and Pro XT 5 versions are worth consideration for their batch-processing abilities, and XT is one of the best values on the Mac for processing bundles.

I was particularly impressed in this release by the tape scrubbing features and the quantity of sound tools if you can shell out the grand for the full XT bundle. Peak had some rough spots when it first made the leap to OS X, to the point that I stopped using it for a while, but it’s back in force. The folks at BIAS have also demonstrated that it can deliver superior audio quality when resampling, matched according to their tests only by Adobe Audition on Windows. (If anyone wants to take issue with their tests, though, please feel free.)

Of course, I believe there’s never a one-size-fits-all tool. These days, it’s been Audition on Windows and a combination of Soundtrack Pro and Peak on the Mac, depending on the job. So, Mac users, what are you using for your waveform editor audio needs these days? Or do you use one at all? One premise of my review was that a stereo editor goes well with a multitrack program for day-to-day chores, but I know not everyone works that way.