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Audio Editor Needed!

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:32 pm
by Caymus Cab
Hi,
Looking into getting a (kick ass)(multitrack) audio editor for sound design (on a mac). currently demo'ing Bias Peak, any other suggestions?

Thanks

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:33 pm
by tjwett
Soundtrack Pro is amazing, especially for sound design, but you'd have to spring for the whole Final Cut Studio package to get the latest version. WaveEditor from Audiofile Engineering is my close runner-up. I gave up on Peak a long time ago.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:36 pm
by touched1
Peak has worked well for me for, oh, about 10 years.

For 2 track editing I am very happy with it.

This will be great whenever it gets released...
http://audioease.com/Pages/Snapper/SnapperMain.html

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:04 pm
by Caymus Cab
tjwett wrote: I gave up on Peak a long time ago.
Why?

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:31 pm
by evernaut
I can recommend DSP Quattro...very easy to work with and light on cpu.

Have tried Audioeditor too, but not got to grips with it yet.

I really wish someone would write an editor that implemented Live's click'n'drag 'magnifying glass' zoom instead of having to click + and - buttons though.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:45 pm
by evernaut
Oh - and I'll shout loudly for Audiofinder too. While not strictly an audio editor - it has the ability to do the job with a cool waveform display, AU & vst support, pitch shifting, exporting to various formats etc etc.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:58 pm
by Left Eye Dominant
Another shout for Soundtrack Pro if you are on a Mac.... very powerful. Wavelab is good also (and PC).

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:14 pm
by Gerson
To me Live 6 is the best audio editor ever. Is there anything specifically in Live you're having trouble with? I might be able to help.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:17 pm
by efexx
Look here : http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/wa ... l_Screen_2

Review there :

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2007/05/1 ... #more-2115


Very nice "mac"-handling. cococa-based. Good workflow.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:00 pm
by mechcon
wait, is dsp quattro even universal binary yet?

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:15 pm
by tjwett
Caymus Cab wrote:
tjwett wrote: I gave up on Peak a long time ago.
Why?
well i remember it taking them a little too long to get it humming along nicely in OS X. this was also around the time when Live version 1 came along (and 1.5 for OS X)and it really made me start to realize there are a lot better ways to get things done in the audio world. we're so used to it by now but at the time the UI and workflow of Live was really something totally new and refreshing. Peak (and Logic, and most everything else) just started to look and feel like a dog. Soundtrack Pro came along and i just really liked the interface and the workflow of it. plus it has AppleScript-ability which really put it over the top for me. it's a wave editor, but so so so much more. it ships with all of Logic's effects. for sound design i think it's the bees knees.

so i'm not really anti-Peak or anything. i haven't touched it in more than a few years, for all i know the latest version is amazing. i just found some stuff that i liked better. i get more excited about sound design than editing and i think Soundtrack Pro really shines in that department. unfortunately Apple doesn't want audio people using it so they killed the standalone version and you have to get the entire Final Cut Studio package to keep it current. FCS is bad ass and possibly the best deal in software today, i just don't need it. so i'm happily sticking with last year's model and probably will for the foreseeable future.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:07 pm
by sqook
Gerson wrote:To me Live 6 is the best audio editor ever. Is there anything specifically in Live you're having trouble with? I might be able to help.
Destructive editing, perhaps?


(..and don't say, "just bounce everything down to a new file" ;) ).

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:17 am
by leedsquietman
Buy a cheap PC (like a blowout special, a second hand P4 3 Ghz or something, soundforge 8 runs good on my old backup PIII 866) and get soundforge or wavelab.

Both are awesome and the new soundforge 9 includes multi-channel support. wavelab is totally awesome. And of the 5 people I know running macs, 3 of them have PCs around just to run wavelab or soundforge, they don't get on with Peak or Quattro.

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:28 am
by mechcon
or there's Audacity :P free of charrrrrrrrrrge

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:35 am
by Khazul
sqook wrote:
Gerson wrote:To me Live 6 is the best audio editor ever. Is there anything specifically in Live you're having trouble with? I might be able to help.
Destructive editing, perhaps?


(..and don't say, "just bounce everything down to a new file" ;) ).
Ever tried reversing a sample, adding reverb and reversing it again in Live to give preverb?