There was a time, way back in the day, back before digital music downloads, when I digitized my vinyl record collection. The app I used back in the day was Sound Studio, a Mac recording and editing utility, a blast from the past now in the 21st century.
There is no shortage of audio recording and editing applications for the Mac and Apple provides a good one in Garageband, but that’s not what Sound Studio is all about. It’s an app good for live recordings, editing audio waveforms, digitizing audio from multiple sources, and excellent for podcasts and audio tweaking.
Click. Record. Edit.
Sound Studio is more than a basic audio recorder editor. This is a true utility with built-in support for AppleScript and Automator, and an excellent utility to digitize old audio tapes, record any live event, but also mix audio, tweak equalization on a recording, and apply a few built-in audio special effects.
Transport controls and digital VU meters grace the bottom. Waveforms show up in the center, and editing tools grace the top.
Record professional-sounding Podcasts and other audio dialog. Spoken word, speeches, presentations, music, and other audio can all be recorded and edited with the same high fidelity.
Audio applications these days work well even on Macs with minimum specifications and Sound Studio goes back to Mac OS X Mountain Lion and can do a good job with 2GB of RAM. It records on two channels and multiple tracks; limited only by RAM, CPU, and storage constraints. Record audio in AIFF, CAF, and Wave– PCM formats. But also compressed files in AAC, AIFF-C, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and others.
Filter and effects? Sound Studio has plenty.
- Fade In, Fade Out, and Fade Special (with an envelope)
- Dynamics Compressor
- Dynamics Expander
- Noise Gate Expander
- Add Noise (or cowbell)
- DC Offset
- Invert Signal Polarity
- Swap Left and Right Channels
- Backwards/Reverse Audio
- Delay and Echo
- Pitch and Tempo
- 3-band, 10-band, and chart-based Graphic EQ
- High Pass
- Low Pass
Sound Studio comes with a good User Manual and plenty of excellent How To operations.
There’s much to like here. Sound Studio has been around awhile, neglected for a few years, but seems to have experienced a bit of a resurgence thanks to the Podcasting craze. Editing functions are better than Garageband but there’s no option to sweeten audio or apply filters to audio while viewing a video.
Otherwise, priced about right, nicely done, easy to use, upgraded often, and plays nice-nice with AppleScript and Automator.