Apple’s Garageband is priced right, is loaded with useful features, but isn’t much for editing audio files. Editing audio isn’t for neophytes. It requires some skill and experience, and the correct tools. Spend a few hundred dollars for some of the finest audio editing tools, or spend a few dozen dollars on a very capable editing app– Fission.
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Audio editing back in the day was much different that digital editing on a Mac. Audio was recorded onto tapes, and a razor blade and aluminum editing bar were de facto tools of audio editors.
Today, most Mac audio recording apps also have built-in editing capabilities.
Instead of using the sound of a tape rocking back and forth on a tape recorder head, audio apps use the sound wave form.
Fission’s claim to fame is audio edits. Copy and paste. Crop and trim. Paste or join audio sections. Remove audio sections. Combine audio sections. Swap audio sections.
All this editing can be done in an elegantly designed app window and the resulting edits maintain original quality, with no loss, and can be exported to a variety of popular and often used audio formats.
Fission’s toolbar makes it a simple process to remove audio clips, split a clip, crop audio, and even add fade in and fade out sections to the ends of clips.
Add notes to each clip for future reference.
Transport controls and time code are at the bottom of the editor (and wave forms can be stretched visually for easier and more precise edits).
Fission’s latest version has a new look with additional capabilities. For example, edit an AIFF file but save it to MP3. Batch Convert files between formats. Export files to MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, and WAV.
Audio clips can be joined together, and split apart, trimmed and adjusted. The built-in Gain slider adjusts audio volume of a clip. The Normalize function is standard on most professional audio editors, and helps to keep a constant audio volume.
There’s plenty more going on with this new version of Fission, including chapterizing AAC files, sharing files to SoundCloud, and– a biggie– opening multiple audio files at once to edit, copy, or paste between windows.
If audio editing is what you want and you can’t afford Apple’s feature laden big dawgs (Logic Pro) and find Garageband too limiting, check out the Fission trial. As good as it is, it still doesn’t handle VST plugins.