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What is the best sound editing software for Macintosh?

Asked by metadog (325 points ) March 23rd, 2012

Hi! I have been doing some video editing with Premiere Pro CS5 and needed to edit some sound with Soundbooth. My experience was ok, but I was wondering if there is something better. What do the pro’s use? I’m willing to buy and learn. I have found myself editing music tracks and dealing with speakers. Thanks!

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ro_in_motion's avatar

I second @whitecarnations on Logic Pro.

DeanV's avatar

I’d say Logic Pro as well, but it’s not a pure sound editor, more of a audio workstation. If all you’re going to be doing is chopping and exporting it may be a tad much. For that, if it’s really simple, I’d go with Audacity, or Adobe Audition if it’s a bit more complicated.

AlbertKinng's avatar

Oh well… This is going to start a Fan War here but here we go:

The best and only suite of sound production software for professional results is just one: Protools.

Let’s the bashing begins!

dland's avatar

Of course, the answer is, It depends. That answer should help me avoid any religious wars, but I do have a preferenceā€¦

I use Amadeus Pro exclusively for recording and relatively simple clean-up of narration tracks for video as well as casual screwing around with sound. If you are looking for a bargain, there’s even a Lite version for half price.

It’s a tiny fraction of the cost ($59 for Pro, $25 for Lite) of the audio workstations (ProTools: $699, Adobe Audition: $350 or $49/month, Logic Pro: $199, etc), but does most of what I’ve needed for professional and personal use.

Look at the features and pick the one that lets you do what you need to do at a price you’re prepared to pay.

Source: edited audio since the 1970s, video since the 1990s, and was a beta-tester for Avid (parent company of Pro Tools) Media Composer video editor.

PS: There’s a great resource for finding alternatives to specific programs: AlternativeTo.net. Here areĀ alternatives to Amadeus Pro, including some of the programs mentioned above, and some not yet mentioned, but also good, like Audacity, which is a fantastic, totally free multi-platform audio editor.

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