Most hardware and software for music making has generally gotten better, but not the dedicated audio editor. This once-proud genre of music software has fallen on hard times. Tools have been acquired, discontinued, received too-few updates. Some of the better tools we’re left with look like they came from another decade.
And that’s too bad. Because having a tool devoted solely to day-to-day audio chores is a really good thing. Maybe you’ve got a set of samples you want to crop and clean up to load onto your drum machine or into a software sampler. Maybe you’re sorting through a big stack of field recordings. Maybe you’ve got a big set of cues for a video game or app project. Odds are just about everyone, no matter how basic, winds up with some grunt work converting and editing audio and applying effects and plug-ins.
I’m always up for some new entry to this market, and so I was glad to see ReSample pop into my inbox. It’s a Windows and Mac tool for audio editing. And it at least looks modern: it’s got a slick interface that looks at home on today’s high-density Mac and PC displays.
It’s also, at last, ready for your new hardware. So on both PC and Mac, you get multi-touch trackpad gestures and slick editing that makes browsing through waveforms easy. On the new MacBook Pro, you even get Touch Bar support – making this one of the first third-party apps to support Apple’s new input device.
There’s also a lot built-in: noise reduction, vocal removal, tons of effects, high-quality sample rate conversion, loads of file conversion options, and rich spectral views of everything so there’s visual feedback on what you’re doing. As for your own plug-in collection, this app acts as a VST and AU host, too.
The most essential feature to me is the one that’s missing in this very first release: there’s no batch conversion. But the developers do tell me this is a priority, and should be available in the near weeks.
A quick play of the program reveals it to be simple and effective. I’ll try to do a full review soon (I may wait for batch features to give it an in-depth go).
It’s US$89, and there’s a 25-day demo period.
Sample rate/depth conversion
Time and Pitch
Update: Lots of discussion in comments of which audio editors you do use these days – many of them free. Love all the thoughts here, and actually also surprised some tools didn’t come up – so this seems a good opportunity to do a follow-up story soon!