Sure, between applications as full-featured as Bias Peak and Apple’s own Soundtrack not to mention freeware like Audacity, Mac users are a bit spoilt for choice when it comes to audio editors. But for those like myself who long for the simplicity and elegance of the long gone SoundEdit, Rogue Amoeba may just have the answer.

Fission is the first (and currently only) OS X audio editor to support lossless editing of MP3 and AAC audio. The software has a super simple interface which provides an accurate dual-waveform view and a handful of editing commands that let you split, cut, crop, and fade audio. While still clearly a 1.0 version, it does have some slick features including audible audio scrubbing.

Fission’s streamlined interface is a joy to look at and use. Its only flaw may be that it is too stripped down for some. With a few more features, particularly support for VST and AU plug-ins, Fission could become my go-to audio editor for those times when bringing up Peak is just overkill.

Fission works with mono and stereo MP3s, AAC, Apple Lossless and AIFF audio files and is available now as a Universal Binary that runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Mac for US$32.

  • thesimplicity

    ah, SoundEdit… how I miss it. I worked my way through college on that program. What we really need is a 'Peak Lite' or something to that effect, like how NI used to have the barebones sample player when you didn't want to bog down your resources with Kontakt… just a small app to launch when you need to make a couple changes to a sample.

    Fission looks really nice, but as soon as they add support for VST and AU I'm sure it'll stop being a go-to app and become a resource hog. That's what happened with Audition, at least.

  • That's freakin' awesome! -C.

  • Booyakasha

    I think there really is a need for a simple editor like this, I do miss having something cheap and easy like Sound Edit. There is a shareware/freeware program called MP3 Trimmer that I use occasionally to trim MP3s but it is very limited and has an awkward interface. Fission would be killer if it had effects even if they were few and fairly simple and only available on AIFF and WAV files. I'd definitely buy it then.

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  • Vermeer

    From Wikipedia:

    "The North American writer Tom Robbins states, in the preface to his book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, that amoebas are cool because they reproduce by binary fission, so the first amoeba is still alive to this day."

    I take this as a clue that this software is meant to be around for a very very long time. Seriously, it looks cool.


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  • tammy clune

    Is there an upgrade to this program that would allow me to speed up songs?

  • Lee Sherman

    I'm not aware of an update to Fission that does what you ask. However, you may want to consider a program called the Amazing Slow Downer which allows you to adjust the playback rate of songs without affecting the pitch. I use it to figure songs out by ear.

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  • Ken Nielsen

    I just purchased Fission to edit files from my Zoom H1 recorder. Those files will then go into Final Cut Express for video editing and adding sound that is far superior to what my Canon 7D produces for on-camera recording. Fisson is perfect for my needs because it is the first step in simply trimming the portions of audio I then want to take into other programs like Final Cut or Cubase where the audio editing can go into more advanced mode if needed.

    I recommend Fission 100% because it really handles files well, covers all the bases for basic editing of high-quality audio editing.