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.
From Felt Tip Software:
Record, edit, and produce your audio with Sound Studio, an easy-to-use Mac app for recording and editing digital audio on your computer. Digitize tapes and vinyl records, record live performances, create your own mixes with crossfades, tweak the levels and EQ, apply digital effects and save in all major file formats with Sound Studio!
The Mac's most popular audio program for many years, Sound Studio continues to be regularly updated to add new features and to take advantage of the very latest Apple technologies. With Sound Studio you can 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.
1. Sound Studio offers the most readable, editable wave patterns of any recording program I've encountered for the Mac. Roxio's Spin Doctor is colorful but useless.
2. The timer is a feature I use regularly, setting the computer to record an FM program each week for a period of 2 hours 4 minutes. I couldn't do this in Spin Doctor.
Not always intuitive, and the instruction manual is far from complete. Even achieving a constant gain level can be a challenge. Also, I think Spin Doctor has it beat when it comes to digitizing LP recordings.
I've tried 5-6 different programs. Some highly touted ones have a tiny user face that's far from inviting or practical. Others are too complicated (Garageband, Audible). And Toast keeps rising in price while coming up more short every year. The Roxio support remains non-existent. What remains to be seen is how favorably Sound Studio 4 compares with Sound Studio 3, since I've noticed some erratic behavior when using 3 with Lion.
The basic functions are very intiutive, the learning curve is quick. In addition, there are plenty of more advanced functions for those users who need a more extensive program. Supports a wide variety of file types.
Excellent for converting old vinyl to digital, converting albums into individual tracks is not as automated as some other WAVE editors. However those apps have a high error rate for the automated function, best to use Sound Studio.
If you do any audio editing, from basic to advanced, this application should be part of your tool kit.
October 01, 2009
Version: Sound Studio 3.6
It's use is intuitive, and results and flexibility are excellent. It enables you to take in a whole tape other audio source from line-in, edit the quality in many ways, then split it into named tracks and save as mp3 files of specified qualit.
July 12, 2007
Version: Sound Studio 3.5.3
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. they could add noise REDUCTION...for G*d's sake.....just a trivial thing used in recording not worth their time...AMADEUS has noice/crackle/pop reduction.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I have used Sound Studio for a long time now and find the interface intuitive and much easier to use than Amadeus. However, Amadeus has mp3 facility when exporting the sound - why can't Sound Studio have this? So at present I use both - but once Sound Studio gets mp3 support - it will be the winner - I hope the author reads these comments!!
July 28, 2005
Version: Sound Studio 2.2.3
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. It is slower in opening and working with files than Amadeus, and like others have mentioned can not export to mp3 or m4a, as amadeus can plus it also does not support any plug-ins.
However the filters work well and the interface is somewhat nicer than Amadeus, so if the speed and the plugin support get fixed it will be excellent.