Free Audacity Audio Editor (Mac/Win/Linux) Gets Big Upgrades

Audacity is a completely free / open source waveform audio editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux, with robust stereo recording and editing, effects support, and basic multichannel features. It’s a great little program getting more and more exposure; M-Audio has even added it to their podcast bundle. But it has a few rough edges, and has gone a long time without an upgrade — until now. 1.2.4b is a relatively minor release bringing together lots of important bug fixes. But version 1.3 is more ambitious, and could bring this free editor into prime time, with real multitrack support, precise selection …

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Apple Soundtrack Pro 1.0.1 Fixes Final Cut Integration; Your Experiences?

Nothing sounds sweeter than a software bug resolved. Apple Soundtrack Pro 1.0.1 includes major enhancements (see review info; update from Apple). You’d swear Apple knew Macworld‘s production deadlines when they updated all of the Final Cut Studio apps last week, just on the eve of reviews of those products. Since it didn’t make sense to discuss these changes in the context of a review, let me say briefly, if you or other early Soundtrack Pro adopters had issues with version 1.0, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by 1.0.1. Version 1.0.1 fixes a number of issues with Soundtrack Pro related to saving …

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Macworld Review: Soundtrack Pro Audio Editor

My review of Apple’s new audio editor, Soundtrack Pro 1.0.1, is online now: Soundtrack Pro: All-purpose sound tool cuts drudgery out of audio editing and design” (5 mice; Macworld.com) You may think of Soundtrack Pro as geared mainly at Final Cut Pro users (and if you are one, don’t miss Anton Linecker’s review of FCP 5 for Macworld today). But I’ve found it useful in music editing, too; I’d been looking for a more flexible, elegant audio editor for music use. Lacking multitrack recording and MIDI capability, among other features, Soundtrack Pro is certainly no substitute for other audio software. …

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Public Radio Pros on Free Audio Tool Audacity

Sure, you may be a big fan of All Things Considered — but have you considered getting audio advice from pro NPR and PRI vets? That’s exactly the idea behind the superb site Transom, which brings in public radio experts and celebrities to talk about sound, radio production, and how you can create your own radio content — putting the public in public radio. And where better to start but with a practical tutorial for the cross-platform Mac/Linux/Windows audio editor Audacity: Free Audacity audio tutorial at Transom This is the best Audacity tutorial I’ve seen yet (though feel free to …

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Apple Introduces Soundtrack Pro, New Pro Audio App

Apple has a new pro app for audio production called Soundtrack Pro, unveiled with Final Cut Pro Studio 5. This isn't just a slightly beefed-up Soundtrack or a new app for video — it looks like it could be a whole different way of working. Here's an early look at some features I find interesting (at least on paper): It's a waveform editor: This is a serious audio editor at its core, complete with waveform and spectral views and the usual editing features, multitrack editors, and what looks like a cross between Logic Pro's WaveBurner for waveform editing and Soundtrack …

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