Macs Cue is a sound player designed for theatre use. You create a cue sheet containing all the sounds you want to play, then hit GO to play each one. Cues can be chained, and can be set to stop or fade other cues when started.
After dragging sound files into your cue sheet, you can trim off the start and end of each cue, as well as automating volume and pan. Cues can be set to loop, and to start and stop other cues at any point while they're playing.
Great for small theatres, churches, schools, corporate presentations, or anywhere you need simple and reliable sound playback. Alice Cooper uses it in his shows, shouldn't you?
What's new in this version:
Cue sheets with lots of waveform data show progress as they load
Setting volume/pan automation is easier, with constraints and a grid
Several crashing bugs fixed
Several display glitches on Lion and Mountain Lion fixed
Powerful, Super-flexible, Easy to use, Affordable (for low-budgets), Excellent documentation & support, Reliable, Great feature set. Developer has continued to make great improvements with each version.
When starting out, a few features require you to look at the manual (which is well-written and not very long). With the current version (2.01), time location of fade points is not clearly indicated. Very limited loop capability.
I have used Macs Cue for years now. It is designed for theater, dance, or any live performance with sound FX and/or music. It allows you to configure lists of cues with any level of complexity, has a logical editing interface for trimming, fading, panning, looping and overlapping sounds with ease and control. I don't think of running shows without it now, and I almost cringe when I think of others trying to run shows with iTunes, a sampler, or dozens of open QT windows. Though it does require a little more time up front to set up the cue list, editing is easy, and running shows is a breeze. 5 stars!
Updated on Apr 12, 2011
CORRECTION: it is not fair to say it has limited loop capability, you can simply loop a cue, or repeat a cue in the list with fully editable overlap and crossfade. I only meant setting loop-points and crossfade for the included loop function is limited.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. While not as full featured as some other programs out there that claim to do the same thing, this program works and works CONSISTENTLY, which is of prime importance in any stage performance setting.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a quirky program; you can't have cues that are actions rather than sounds (so I keep a short file of silence around to cue fade outs), but it's still the best damn thing around, and it keeps getting better. I was excited to see this new upgrade, and I'm already implementing it for a show I'm designing.
I've found that I can just chuck this program on any machine with a new enough operating system and run a show from it. It's great.
Here's 5 stars to help push for even more development!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I found Macs Cue by accident. I was looking for this type of app for a long time but all i got was 'Alphabet Soup'. :-( Macs Cue however, is excellent! I hope they keep improving it because it has the right feel to it. Now, if only i found Macs Cue earlier, but i guess this is a hidden gem....