Adobe Soundbooth Coming in Standalone, CS Bundle Versions; Lasso Tool History

Adobe product manager Hart Shafer confirms on his blog that Soundbooth, Adobe’s new audio editor, will ship both as part of Creative Suite 3 and as a standalone product. Apparently I’m not the only one who wanted to see a standalone version: Soundbooth Beta 2 Article Given that Audition is already bundled in the Windows video production suites, maybe this means Mac bundle customers and lower-end customers will also see the app as an included product, which would be nice. We’ll know soon enough. Equally interesting is the reaction Soundbooth is already generating. Apparently me comparing an audio editor to …

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Adobe Soundbooth Beta 2: Now Easier, More Photoshop-y

Can sound editing be as intuitive as graphics editing in Photoshop? That’s the question Soundbooth, the new Adobe sound app, poses. Waiter! There’s a lasso tool in my audio editor! I’ll give Adobe this: they know their audience. First, they woo audio fans with this sweet-sounding phrase: “A brand new audio application in the spirit of Sound Edit 16 and Cool Edit 2000.” Then, they throw in some tools from Photoshop, just to make sure everyone feels at home. The good news is, Soundbooth betas show a lot of promise: it could well become the simple audio editor “for the …

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Intel Mac Musicians Get Some Holiday Love: Universal Binaries Everywhere

There’s nothing worse than owning a shiny, new MacBook and discovering you can’t run music software you want to run. “All I want for Christmas” (or Hannukah, too, as these are just in time) “is a Universal Binary.” Good news: my inbox continues to report incoming Intel-native plug-ins and instruments. XO Wave, pictured at right, is actually a new mixing / recording / editing multichannel audio package with video scoring features. The basic version is free; you can upgrade to a pro release for US$75. It’s a new application, so I don’t want to comment too soon, but it’s worth …

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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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