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.

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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.

Features:
Sample rate/depth conversion
Amplitude
Fade
Compressor
Multiband Compressor
Equalizer
Engineering Filter
Chorus
Phaser
Delay
Simple Reverb
Reverb
Stereo Enhancer
Time and Pitch
Pitch Correction
Noise Reduction
De-Esser
Vocal Removal
Doppler Effect
Oscilloscope
Spectrum
Phase Scope
Loudness Meter

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https://2ndsenseaudio.com/resample/

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!

  • Ewan Colsell

    i though the market for stand alone audio editors had dried up since audacity was good enough for almost everyone.

    • Zachary

      I was just about to write asking for ReSample’s advantages over Audacity (other than the fact that it looks nice). Audacity already has 89 advantages over ReSample.

      • Ewan Colsell

        It does look fantastic though, and for those who have it the touch bar could be great
        In fact that’s the only thing that stands out. If it works it could be amazing.

        For me though the only thing missing from audacity is midi/smdi sample dump support for my old hardware samplers.

        • Derp Nerpson

          I’m still using SoundForge 8 for the SMDI SCSI support. It was the last version of SF that I found that this feature still works in. Does ReSample support SCSI transfers?

          • Jason C

            @mike_tylka:disqus that’s really good to know..

          • Ewan Colsell

            i still have a win98 laptop with wavelab 5 for smdi and turtlebeach samplevision.

    • James

      That’s been my conclusion, after throwing good money after good money, for just about anything that requires being on-the-ground with an editor. I use RX for clean up, other mastering tools for 2-track. And editor for other things: cutting room tone, cropping samples, batch processing etc. Audacity has so many 3rd party add-ons that it soars with niche functionality.

      and on that last note, like batch processing and converting, I think it would be helpful if any current application registered actions with automator or AppleScript…

      If I never learn my lesson, my next acquisition would be Fission by rogue amoeba. The editing tools remind me of GarageBand, which to me is frustratingly non-intuitive, but for others it might work. But it’s ability to edit MP3’s without reconversion is a unique feature, and I suspect that Audio Hijack, which I do endorse, offers more seamless integration.

      • The UI questions aren’t just a matter of taste or aesthetic, though. Having a more modern interface can mean being able to see what you’re doing more clearly, and being able to edit more quickly.

        It’s an interesting thread, though, in that we’re establishing a bit of what people are looking for.

    • bill

      I really like Wavelab….audacity is good but I feel like I’m back in the 90s when I use it….

    • guest

      Audacity needs to be multicore. Or at least have parallel batch processing, which you’d think would be a doddle. Other than that, I can’t think of anything that would make it more perfect. This doesn’t even have batch, and is not free or open source. And the interface looks much less enjoyable, unless you’re someone who needs to indulge in the fantasy of editing audio from the depths of your covert black-ops battleship. In which case, more power to you. Give my regards to your eye doctor.

      If Audacity came out today, I’m sure Peter would describe the interface as “refreshingly retro, with intuitive controls – a breath of fresh air in a field currently dominated by flat grey-on-black text and ambiguous buttons.”

      • “covert black-ops battleship” Eve Much? 😀

        • anon

          tryin’ to hide in the dark eh? LOL

    • EricM

      Audacity may not look pretty but it pretty much has all you need.

      • chaircrusher

        What I like about Sound Forge — and I’m still on 10 because 11 fucked this feature up — is that you can continuously real-time preview effects and tweak them in real time.

        Audacity is OK but A) the edit gestures are clumsy by comparison and B) preview of effects chains is clumsy and doesn’t work in real time.

        The genius of how Sound Forge works for editing just hasn’t been surpassed, and it was already close to perfect by version 2, which was out in … 1999?

        The secret? It works using the standard editing keys familiar to anyone who has used a word processor.

        I will give resample a go, since Sony has broken Sound Forge irretrievably.

    • Prizm

      Audacity has a clunky interface and looks like it belongs in 1998. I only resort to it if I get really stuck.

  • Armando

    I tried Vector 3 but I couldn’t get it to do the simplicity of audacity. This does look promising and worth the 25 day demo period.

    • Ah, I’m not familiar with Vector 3.

      I notice that for the most part, the examples here are all macOS, though that may have more to do with the skew of readers at this point…

  • bootytroll

    you managed to do an entire article without even naming the software or developer. well done.

    • Refund

      There is a link at the end of the article containing both

      ‘ReSample’ by ‘2nd Sense Audio’

    • Huh, no, in the very first sentence I start talking about it, I call it out by name. 😉

  • dyscode

    Don’t forget DSP-Quattro (macOS only) still great! VST/ AU support, batch-processing, CD-Mastering.

  • Daniel Courville

    Number of channels seems limited to nine (a good fit for 2nd order Ambisonics). The interface is nice, but the channel limitation is enough for me to stay with TwistedWave.

  • Demo version looks like it’s definitely worth trying!

  • michael l

    I dont think you can use it to extract, name and save multiple files from a field recording; just one at a time.

    • Ewan Colsell

      I’d be surprised if audacity can’t do that somehow using labels and chains.

      • michael L

        DSP Quattro does that quite easily.
        ReSample also has no loop tools either. I don’t think its value/price is high enough.

  • Jurgen

    Audacity is free, a regularly updated software and excellent to use.

  • Brian Wagner

    I would happily pay $ for something like this! I still miss BIAS Peak and have yet to find a replacement that is as quick and useful for my needs. Multitracks are great for some things (Reaper), but sometimes I want a big beautiful stereo editor. Definitely checking this out.

  • fluffly

    …still missing bias peak pro. has been my swissknife for almost every sound i´ve recorded/edited over a decade. i´ve tried with dsp quattro, amadeus pro, logic, triumph…but peak was and still is my fav. in fact i´ve an old mac installed with abandonware only for that purpose. i´ll give a try to resample.

    • peterjan

      I wish I still had Peak. That was my fave too…

    • Robert P Collier

      Peak was superb. Easy to scroll at any zoom level, waveform clearly readable at maximum zoom, the Blend toggle etc. Likewise, I still keep a copy on an older mac. It was a great design, I wish someone(s) would acquire and update it for newer systems.

    • FrankieJ

      Yes, I agree. Peak was great (for what it did)

  • Lindon Parker

    Yes well, Audacity does all the simple things I need AND has some reasonable batch tools, beyond that I would pay for an audio editor with a reasonable scripting environment, until then its all Python/pyo/pydub. So even if this adds batch conversion (and by the way conversion is the least of my problems -silence removal, reverse, normalising, slicing being MUCH more useful) I cant see how this is a winner.

    • Yeah, maybe investigating Audacity workflows would be a good topic, actually…

      • Lindon Parker

        I think looking at the options for audio editors in general would be a good topic – especially if you know of(can find) something that adds reasonable scripting capabilities..

      • michael l

        Yes, good topic. Don’t forget to look at all the VAMP extensions!!

  • Chryst

    I would kill for an editor that invents a powerful new way to combine text with audio. In post I always need to connect audio to written scripts in Word. Word is terrible with tables and programmed scripts for assigning names always lead to a big mess. It would be great to have these inside the editor, get changes from the director and be able to see which audio need to change on the basis of the script.

    A powerful batchcommander would be welcome too. Something that would be able for instance to process 10000 files by levelling, adding silence, fading, converting them in multiple ways, renaming them and rework the folder structure all in one go.

    • drtechno.net

      AudioFinder has a great batch processing tool

    • drtechno.net

      TwistedWave actually has the batch DSP processing. AudioFinder has a power batch rename function.

      • And Twisted Wave does Speech Synthesis. Look in the bottom of the Effects menu in its Menu Bar. 🙂

    • Oh yeah, that’d actually be brilliant… I’ve seen some transcription tools that do this … well, poorly. But it’s useful for *any* material with text in it; I agree.

    • Will

      If you’re in a world of 10,000 files on a project, it might be worth time investment to learn a little bash scripting and sox or ffmpeg. All of the stuff you mentioned after “batchcommander” is pretty trivial to do with either. And then some.

      Peter, might be a handy bit of community service to get a sox/ffmeg maestro to do a guest article on the practical application of either, aimed at musicians/editors instead of game developers etc.

    • JoelCorriveau

      Amadeus Pro has a very robust Batch tool. You can create a chain of commands: normalize, fade out, save as file type, apend name, etc. Lots of goodies. Save the batch processor, and then just drag and drop files through the chain.

      • Graham Spice

        I’ve used Amadeus and then Amadeus Pro for a decade. It’s ok. I started to focus my workflow so I could work exclusively within the DAW (without a 2-track editor) to speed things up. I looked at the trial of Fission for a while – seemed like a cool program.

        I generally go from DAW bounce to sbooth’s Max to convert to lossy formats and Pa-software’s ID3 editor for advanced meta editing.

        What DAWs and “wave editors” for Mac offer source destination editing (also known as 4-point editing)? Sequoia, Pyramix, and a hot-modded REAPER can do it. Any others you can think of?

        Thanks for posting and the hints of a followup article…maybe a roundup review of all wave editors with a focus on practical uses like batch conversion?

  • Mark Kunoff

    IOS has an abundance of great wave editors, but you already knew that. 😉

  • Robin Parmar

    ReSample completely fails as an audio editor. What it is mostly is a host for effects. That’s not the same thing at all. You cannot perform any basic functions… like selecting a single channel, swapping channels, finding peaks, etc. Audacity is also poor for these functions.

    On Windows I recommend instead Sound Forge, now sold by Magix. It has a cheap two-channel version available. But for a similar price you can simply license Reaper and have a full-featured multichannel DAW. Which, I believe, also does all the surgical editing stuff required.

    • This indeed would be poor. Sad, since it looks quite decent and usable, which nearly does none of the editors.

  • seismologist

    Still using Wavosaur, a Sound Forge-ish free editor. It’s tiny, fast and has everything you need in an offline editor (including a batch processor.)

    Downside: UI is stuck in 2003. NBD.

    • D

      Ah yes, the UI has worked for 13 years so it must be changed. Just like they move the steering wheel in my car every other month.

      • seismologist

        [He typed on his hot-rodded Compaq loaded with Windows for Workgroups 3.11]

  • Christopher Edmondson

    From the dated but still works great category. Goldwave is my wave editor of choice. Has batch processing, key commands and a very fast workflow. Great price. Unfortunately PC only.

  • the video clip is promising, but the demoversion crashes always when I wanna use asio drivers in win8. under Sound Forge 11 everything runs rock solid.

    best
    wolfgang

  • CoolToes

    Still a big fan of Cool Edit here.

    I’ve seen so many audio editors come up and then just plain fail to deliver the basic features I need for choppin samples and editing them. That or they just become so bloated with obscure features that it’s not fast slick tool you want anymore.

    • Foosnark

      I really miss Cool Edit Pro. At some point I lost the license info for it and moved on to Sound Forge Pro. I do appreciate being able to host VST plugins in my editor, and the dynamics tool is pretty nice. But I could get the noise reduction in Cool Edit to work so much more reliably, and there are occasional things that happen with Sound Forge’s interface that annoy me.

    • Daniel McKittrick Ramirez

      The company that made Cool Edit was bought by Adobe. Cool Edit still exists under the name Audition.

    • It all starts with quick and precise navigating the wave and high resolution metering. I miss it on so many Mac editors. And has there ever been another declicker that was able to flatten signle manually marked clicks and still maintaining the overall wave that this click “rides”?

      I use it for manually cleaning vinyl recordings, so this is essential for me.

  • Alexander E. Wahl

    In the 1990s I used to do most of my editing with Sound Forge and I loved it. Today I do these things in Logic or Live, but it never quite feels as if they where made for the task. Would love to use a dedicated program again.

  • Adam Murray

    ocenaudio is a good, free, cross-platform alternative: https://www.ocenaudio.com/
    I like it better than everything else I’ve tried, such as Audacity and Sound Studio. My editing needs are pretty straightforward though. I do most of my complex audio work in a DAW, or specialized tools like iZotope RX and Ozone.

    I can’t see myself spending this much on a seemingly basic audio editing app when there’s plenty of good free/cheaper alternatives.

  • Jon Amsler

    I’ve always found Audacity a bit clunky to get things done on. I’ve tried a lot of audio editors but keep coming back to Audition 1.5. It doesn’t have every feature and the built in processing can be dated in quality but somehow it is a little easier for me to do things with. The biggest drawback is the lack of reliable vst support (in this version at least).

  • No mention of Adobe’s Soundbooth, probably the [rather pricey] subscription only option is the main reason. I had to assemble some audio the other day and used Audacity for first job and quickly recalled why I hated it. What a clunky programme. Looks and feels like something from the last century.
    I reinstalled Soundbooth from CS6 and it was a joy to use in comparison.

  • lrlarson

    Audition 2017 works great for me in professional contexts — editing and cleaning Library of Congress folk recording for web distribution. Loved Bias Peak back in the day — remember buying my first copy from Steve Berkely personally at some show. The Adobe product works well for me since I use many of the other Adobe Cloud products at work….

  • Marc Arsenault

    Adobe Audition CC 2017 has been the go to for a couple years… it so wants to grow to a full-on DAW… Maybe. Maybe that’s just me.

    I tolerated Audacity, barely remember Peak and have a misguided nostalgia for SoundEdit 16 which had incredible abilities to mangle audio… when you did not want it to.

  • SX

    It’s great to see so many useful comments here, though the greater proportion are about the whole audio editor product market.
    ReSample 1.0.0 is developed over the past 8 months. We planed to make 1.0.0 with the batch processing but finally decide to make it in 1.1.0, which should be released soon (around start of March 2017 or sooner). And so are several other basic editing functions. We do want to cover all basic and should-have editing functions that you frequently see and use in other editors, as soon as possible.
    Thanks Peter, for this discussion. (And I am one of the developers of this ReSample App.)

  • partofthepuzzle

    I’ve been using every version of Soundforge on Windows since ver. 1.0 That’s almost 20 years!!!!. A phenomenal feat for any software. It’s still a great piece of kit: fast & rock solid. Sure, the UI is dated but it does all that I need it to do, I obviously know it inside and out and I have no incentive to ditch it. In the tech world, where “new” often means something that someone developed just because they could, without addressing a real need, it’s a relief to have something that I use simply because it’s practical.

  • micj

    Acon Digital’s Acoustica will be cross-platform too, scheduled for late spring. https://acondigital.com/news/acoustica-7-namm/

  • Jyoti Mishra

    Am I the only one disappointed that it’s not actually a New Wave editor? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7e90263b5ade80a9647c93b98285a5ddb10421616fb18244012226c5940080c9.png

  • Jim Pinckney

    Thanks for the word on this, I tend to use Audacity as it does most of what I need reasonably painlessly – ugly as it is. Giving this a bash, demo looks nice but cannot work out how to easily export selections rather than whole file which seems crazy (though I may well have missed something…it’s a Monday morning). Audacity’s easy option of running things at faster speed is a must for me for going through sample spotting, library records etc, that doesn’t seem to be a feature on ReSample.

  • Ashley Scott

    pls. tell me it has markers & regions – you know the basic professional features that Audacity doesn’t have.

  • Travis Basso

    On the totally simplistic and experimental side I use http://www.sciss.de/eisenkraut/ for basic editing and sample level editing, and http://www.sciss.de/fscape/ for basic channel splitting. I also use both for getting very experimental!

  • lugano fell

    Still using SOUND STUDIO for mac on a daily basis. Better than any DAW type workaround

  • FunkyB

    I know it still isn’t considered a “WAV editor” feature, but without beadgrid detection for making DJ edits of tracks, I’m not excited.

  • Prizm

    Thanks for the heads up, I’ll give it a go. Been using an older version of Audition. I don’t need the multitrack feature, so it would be a waste of money to pay for it every year. I DO love Audition’s multiband compressor for voiceovers though. Have never found a good easy alternative to that plugin, so I reluctantly stick with Audition.