Audio editing has changed since I entered the radio industry twenty eleven moons ago. Back in the days of analog audio we used giant tape recorders to capture audio, and an actual razor blade to edit the tape. Thankfully, those days are gone.
Today, audio is captured and stored digitally. Every Mac, iPhone, and iPad comes with GarageBand, a very capable, high quality multi-track audio recording app. Add a decent microphone and you have recording options that didn’t exist decades ago. Here’s a better way to edit.
Fast And Lossless
My Mac is home to more than a handful of very good audio recording apps and editors. GarageBand, Logic Pro X, Amadeus Pro, Twisted Wave, and many others. If you want to edit audio quickly and easily and keep quality in the original file format, the choice is Fission. It’s the audio editing brother to the famous Audio Hijack. This app makes audio editing a pleasant experience.
Fission comes with all the tools you need and nothing you don’t.
Fission is basic high quality audio editing. Audio clips and files can be joined, cropped, trimmed, split, and batch converted to other audio file formats (MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, and WAV ).
The editing timeline is instantly familiar and intuitive. Select from tools in the Toolbar to remove audio sections, split sections, or do both at the same time. Options to fade in and fade out or normalize a section are available with a click. Fission’s transport controls are time honored, and the entire audio sequence can be zoomed into or out of with the slider bar controls.
What sets Fission apart from many audio editors and recorders is the focus on editing– not recording. The app keeps the original file format so there is no additional compression, therefore lost of quality, unless you want to export a finished audio production to a different file format.
That makes Fission particularly good at editing Podcasts because it makes specific MP3 chapters, each with its own title and chapter details. The normalize function works in the traditional manner and is good for keeping volume levels constant throughout a production.
Fission can be used to split up audio files based on silence. Split points gives you more options to save and end up with multiple files (easy to organize and edit). Got music from iTunes? Fission can edit as you require and with no audio loss because it edits the original file (or an original copy).
You get some ear candy in the package, too. Fission edits whatever audio you want then saves it as an iPhone ringtone for iTunes. Finished productions can be shared on SoundCloud with a few clicks. Obviously, there is much to like from a professional perspective, but Fission is worth a try just for the lossless editing capability alone. Many Mac audio recorders have edit functions, but few are as elegant to use as Fission (which edits, not record). That’s my only negative ding. An elegant recording capability would make Fission perfect (just recording; not the endless array of flexible functionality found in the companion Audio Hijack app, or the speciality sound board capabilities in Farrago).
As you would expect from a high quality Mac app, Fission is try-before-you-buy and highly recommended.