Audio. Without it, movies would be just a very colorful but totally 1930s look. Audio apps on the Mac run aplenty.
Garargeband is an excellent multi-track audio recorder that comes with every Mac. But there are some features missing. Important features for audio aficionados. Audio file converting. Precise wave form editing. And, fast loading.
Lite Or Pro, Audio To Go
Among the dozen or so audio processing apps in my Mac’s arsenal of media tools is Amadeus. Specifically, Amadeus Pro, an elegant, powerful, Swiss Army Knife of audio apps.
The Pro version is now joined by a Lite version, now available in Apple’s Mac App Store.
Amadeus Lite looks and feels like the Pro version, minus a few of the more esoteric audio features aficionados require.
Both of the Amadeus apps are billed as audio wave form editors. In other words, audio files are captured and displayed onscreen as a wave form, which allows for precise editing.
Edit, Enhance, Convert
If you’ve never done wave form editing, Amadeus is the place to start. Select a part of the wave form, drag, edit, enhance, and save as one of many different audio file formats. Edit by dropping audio into a specific location in the wave, or use the Paste Over function.
The Lite version comes Denoising and Repair functions which make it easy to remove his or hiccups from old audio files or even vinyl recordings. Audio can be split and you can burn an audio CD from within Amadeus Lite or Pro.
Both apps utilize Apple’s Audio Unit Plugins (fades, echo, speed change, equalizers, effects, etc.
The Pro version also provides dedicated equalizers, brings in batch processing functions for a bunch of file formats—AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, MP4, M4A, SoundDesigner II, WAVE, and more.
It also gives you Audio Unit and the popular VST Plugin support. And, the Pro version creates audio sonograms and spectrum analysis. I’ve used Amadeus Pro for many years. It’s great for quick and dirty audio file editing, converting, and enhancement, so it’s good to see a Lite version that does so much for less.