Awhile back, we reviewed Wave Editor, and deemed it one of our favorite audio editors for Mac OS X. Our friends at Audiofile Engineering have ushered in the holiday season with a complete site redesign and numerous application updates, including the highly anticipated Wave Editor 1.3, and Leopard-ready updates to apps across the board.

Audiofile Engineering

You may also recall that Audiofile Engineering recently rescued the excellent instrument and effect host, Rax – formerly developed by our friends at plasq. It is clear that Apple borrowed heavily from Rax’s design choices and intentions with their new MainStage application (bundled with Logic 8) but with its impressive features, custom interfaces for audio units, cool visualizer support, and active development, Rax is still the application to beat in this domain.

Competitive upgrade, crossgrade and educational pricing, sleek new icons, one of the finest audio application suites in the industry (and did we mention a simple, non-draconian form of authorization?) – Audiofile Engineering has definitely brightened the days for Mac users this season!

  • Anton

    I couldn't find any link to their website in the article, so FYI here it is: Audiofile Engineering



  • Thanks for catching that, Anton. You're right – someone would have had to view one of the linked posts to get directly to the site!

  • y8j2q4t7c

    Their logo seems all too similar to Obama's

  • dead_red_eyes

    So is this like fluqe OnStage then? I just read up about OnStage, and I was REALLY impressed. I use Digital Performer 5 and Reason 4 live … and it's a pain in the ass having to load everything up. It would be lovely to just make 1 click and everything would load up for me.

  • dead_red_eyes

    I may have to ditch DP5 for Logic 8 now if I'd be able to switch to the next song and have everything load up with just one single click.

  • Nick

    You mentioned a "simple, non-draconian form of authorization", but gave no further details…

    I'd love to know more.

    Can you explain this method without making us go and buy the product to find out?

    (I can't find any info on their website about their authorization method).

  • Sure thing. Authorization is handled via a simple interface, into which you type your license key, which is issued on purchase and can be accessed anytime via the Support section of their website.

    For further info:

  • autoy

    I got to say the new lineup looks awsome. I just wish there was a way I could handle Logic plugs inside Wave Editor. Anyway, props fot the best editor for the Mac IMHO. Also, Sample Manager is one thing I was looking around for and seems to suit my needs.

  • Player

    I'm a bit confused why you think that MainStage is comparable to RAX. I have had both and unless you want a cheesy screensaver or video from your MacBook Pro eating up valuable CPU cycles, I can't imagine how it would be 'the one to beat'. MainStage comes with Logic's plug-ins in addition to supporting just AUs!! This must give it a leg up over RAX.

    Hmm, I think MainStage is probably the app to beat for the musician who plays all his/her parts.

    Besides the editorial comments I did not agree with, I thought it was interesting, thanks!

  • I'm a PC user so I've no way to look into this but I did notice this tidbit over on KVR

    Plasq Wormhole is now open source:

  • Best mac editor bar none! Cleanest app i've seen in a while too, makes a breath of fresh air from the claustrophobic Native Instruments way of overdesigning the gui to the point of total annoyance (if i have to see another application with dark green fixed size windows and tiny custom 'KOMPUTOR!' fonts I'll grrr…..)

  • @Player: Well, seeing as Apple has built Logic's instruments/fx so they don't work with anything else, that point would be basically impossible anywhere else. And unlike MainStage, Rax supports sets, songs, notes per song… so if you are using AUs generally, I think Rax is the one to beat. What I'd like to see from both, that said: ReWire support, in either MainStage or Rax, would be a huge feature. Hope we see it in the next Rax.

    Also, Quartz Composer doesn't have to be a screensaver; you can program in any visuals you like. With the exception of video, which must run on the CPU, a lot of what QC does runs on the GPU — not eating up many CPU cycles at all.

    MainStage might still be what you want, of course, but just wanted to clear up these points.