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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CDM on the Road in Boston!

Now off on my whirlwind travels, including a day in Boston at Macworld Expo. For a glimpse of bloggers complaining about how boring the show is, see TUAW. But say hi if you’re at my session! More on the iUke and other things if I can post . . . then boatloads of content stacked up for next week. Cheers! -Peter, editor-in-chief

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iUke: Digital USB Ukulele at Macworld

[Updated: More Details on iUke] I’ve had to delay my arrival at Macworld Expo until Thursday. Look what I’ve missed: a USB-enabled ukulele. iGuitar custom-built the instrument for Mac personality and notorious uke player Andy Ihnakto. (Thanks, TUAW!) I’m guessing the USB carries only audio, not control — the company’s iGuitar.USB uses USB for audio but requires a separate converter to change signal from the specialized onboard pickups into MIDI control. I’m going to try to find out more about this from my friends at iGuitar. More soon.

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Calling Boston Area: Music Clambake at Summer Macworld

Macworld Conference & Expo in Boston (July 11-14) is looking like it’ll be a big event for Mac musicians. Here’s the lineup: Three workshops by yours truly: free on the showfloor, an all-inclusive Mac music intro, plus user conference workshops on live performance / DJing and graduating from GarageBand to Logic Users conference track on music, and free on the showfloor presentations like how to record your band Macworld Berklee Music Festival will feature various Berklee-related music events, with the band Birdsongs of the Mezosoic, a return of Berklee’s dream studio (well, Digidesign gear isn’t usually in MY dreams, but …

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Macworld: Bluetooth Audio

Following earlier news from Griffith, Lee Sherman tips us off to additional Bluetooth audio devices at Macworld, but don't get too excited: iPod-only, reduced audio quality versus wired systems (though much better than FM transmitters), and high prices (expect around $150-200+ based on what we've seen from previous products). Ratoc Systems iPod headphone / stereo transmitter, price TBD MacAlly BlueWave (no info on Web site at press time) TEN Technology naviPlay Bluetooth 3G iPod adapter, price TBD Of these companies, TEN appears to have the broadest plans with other stereo equipment promised soon. Ironically, one of the killer apps for …

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Macworld: Griffin Audio Toys for Mac, iPod

Griffin Technology has a bunch of new iPod/Mac audio stuff to show off at Macworld Expo: AirClick is a remote control for iPod, iPod mini, and the Mac; US$39 on preorder SmartDeck is a cassette adapter for iPod that lets you control iPod navigation via a car tape player (brilliant!); US$24.99 now BlueTrip is a Bluetooth wireless transmitting solution for beaming audio from your iPod to your stereo; US$149.99 now FireWave is a FireWire surround sound interface; US$99.99 on preorder So is Bluetooth wireless audio the Next Big Thing? Time will tell . . .

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Macworld: Omnipotent Keyboard, FireWire Controller

Appearing from out of a parallel music universe, a Chinese company called CME introduced its UF omnipotent master keyboard at Macworld Expo. Apparently endorsed by leading Chinese musicians and producers, the keyboard is a "MIDI master keyboard" that boasts several firsts: Cool black metallic duraluminum construction (with communist red trim) Digital audio FireWire expansion capability (Ed: looks like mLAN support, specifically!) The world's first keyboard controller with breath control The keyboard has aftertouch and provides 8 knobs, 9 sliders, pitchbend and modulation wheels, and additional transport controls for software DAWs. There are four models, three semi-weighted 49/61/76-key models and one …

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VJ, Video, Electronic Music Parties at Macworld

For those of you in San Francisco for Macworld, three events two watch for: Tonight (Tuesday): Drinks are on Discreet at the BAMG meetup — featuring red-hot visual effects artist Culley Bunker (Black Eyed Peas, Spiderman 2) Thursday: Edirol is sponsoring the Iron VJ battle at 9:30 PM, presented by the Video Salon (one of the country's hottest VJ events) Friday: iThink has a huge lineup of the Bay Area's coolest electronic musicians, plus digital art and video Going to any of these events? Let us know what goes down: send photos, text, impressions, whatever (hit contact me on the …

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LIVE MACWORLD UPDATES: GarageBand 2 Revealed, More, But no Audio Interface

Big news from Apple. There's surround in QuickTime 7, for starters, in a Jobs demo, but GarageBand 2 is getting big changes: Included music notation 8-track simultaneous recording Automatic pitch and timing correction, including Vocal Transformer (the AutoTune-like pitch correction in Logic Pro 7) Part of iLife `05 US$79, available this week In other news (all now up on Apple.com): iPod shuffle flash player $500 Mac mini (with FireWire 400 and USB 2, so could work for audio!) iWork productivity suite includes Pages plus Keynote John Mayer performance as always NO AUDIO INTERFACE, despite the release of GarageBand 05. Stay …

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Macworld Rumors: GarageBand 2, Orchestral Jam Pack

Times have changed: some of the Macworld Expo rumor mill's hottest buzz is all about audio. Think Secret reports that the Mac shindig this month will be host to a new version of Apple GarageBand as well as a new orchestral loop and instrument library, Jam Pack 4. (What will orchestral loops sound like, though, I wonder?) Believability on this one is pretty high: iLife is due for an update and Apple is nearly certain to introduce an audio interface given that it's going after Web sites over that rumor. Are you going to Macworld Expo? If you are, join …

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