REAPER, Music Software from Winamp Creator, Hits 1.x and No Longer Free

Windows audio software from the maker of Winamp has its coming-out party — but there’s a cover charge. Well, we knew that wouldn’t last. REAPER, the promising, lightweight audio software from the creator of Winamp, hit version 1.0 last week. (This week significant bugfixes and optimizations, plus editable keyboard shortcuts, were released in updates; the software now looks quite stable.) During the beta, REAPER was free, but now you’ll have to pay for it. The basic price, US$39.95, is a bargain for what this software does: Seamless, tool-less editing with arbitrary grouping of objects, automation envelopes, markers, and everything you’d …

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Why I (Still) Love Soundtrack Pro for Sound Design; Soundtrack for Intel

Soundtrack Pro 1.03 finally feels about perfect. The software itself aside, here’s why it matters to me — and why its transition to Intel will be different from its pro brethren. Standalone audio editors can save tremendous amounts of time, preparing samples for instruments, batch processing recordings, fixing problematic audio, and generally letting you focus in on anything that needs to be done to individual pieces of sound rather than a whole multitrack audio product. Your options are plentiful, too: Peak Pro and Soundtrack Pro are both fantastic on the Mac, and while I personally use them less, PC users …

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Gungirl Sequencer: World’s Simplest, Free Audio Multitrack (Win/Linux)

Okay, imagine the simplest possible multitrack audio tool. Drag and drop audio files from an integrated browser, and add envelopes. Now imagine this tool free and open-source: Gungirl Sequencer At version 0.3, so your mileage may vary, but could be a fun tool to have around — or the beginning of your very own audio tool, if you’ve got the programming chops. Who’s the gun-toting grrrl who created this little gem? Um . . . Richard Spindler. So I’m guessing he didn’t name it after himself. Via AudioMastermind blog, which has been on a roll lately. Richard also has a …

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Peak Pro 5 XT, Mac Audio Package, on Review at Macworld

Sure, there are basic stereo audio editors built into most multitrack audio apps, but for most of us, nothing can replace a trusty stereo waveform editor and batch processor. In that spirit, my review of Peak Pro XT 5 is up on Macworld.com: Peak Pro XT 5: Sound-editing software bundles great restoration, mastering, and CD-creation software (4.5 mice) . . . when it comes to day-to-day work with stereo files, you’ll have a hard time finding a better tool than Peak Pro XT 5. Most users will be well-served by Peak LE 5, but the Pro and Pro XT 5 …

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Can BIAS’ Peak Make Your Sound Sound Better?

Converting sample rate and bit depth to lower-resolution data, as you’d do when a project was finished for output to CD and online files or when converting prior to assembling a project, is a dangerous task. It’s the moment at which you can lose a lot of what you put into your sound: the spectral content that gives the result the extra ‘sparkle’ you want. A test performed by Mac developer AudioEase recently took a shot at the sound quality in BIAS Peak, the flagship audio editor and perennial Mac fave. I’ve chatted with BIAS about this, and needless to …

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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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