Sound Studio for Mac offers a number of useful audio editing tools in a clean, accessible interface for creating spoken word tracks or converting existing music tracks to new formats. It isn't overwhelming to look at, nor is it lacking in any of the features that you need for those basic audio tasks, making it a good investment for anyone that needs a solid, well-executed audio editing tool for their Mac.
When you install Sound Studio, it boots up fast and you can start editing audio immediately. You can record or you can drag and drop or import audio to work with. There are a few immediate functions onscreen to normalize the audio, add fades, or crop and delete any part of the audio. So it looks fairly basic, at first glance, but when you move beyond the core interface, you'll find dozens of advanced features in the menu bars, including dozens of noise and background filters to make the audio fit just right. While ideal for podcasts, digitizing or recording live events, Sound Studio for Mac works very well for a lot of other things, too; it's a powerful tool in many ways.
If you enjoy the basic interface, stripped-down core tool suite, and ability to expand as you learn how to use or need more powerful tools, Sounds Studio may be the perfect audio editor for you. It is free to try and $29 if you decide to upgrade later, and it works well with every type of audio file we tested, all with excellent output and fast response times in editing.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Sound Studio for Mac 4.6.6.