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Kangas Sound Editor QI for Mac

By KangaSound Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 28, 2013

Kangas Sound Editor QI for Mac allows power users to delve deeply into the process of creating music and design their own sound waves, including custom melodies and musical instruments. This application holds a lot of power, but is also hard to pick up due to its steep learning curve. If sound waves aren't your thing, you won't find much in it.

Kangas Sound Editor QI for Mac installs via an 11-step process that is fairly straightforward; unlike its sibling, Kangas Sound Editor for Mac, this version of the app comes bundled with its own database engine and doesn't need to rely on MySQL. The app's interface is cluttered with options and with graphical representations of sound waves, making it daunting at first. It even allows you to customize the different graphs and waveforms it features. In terms of structure, the app is split into ten tracks, each of which adds additional complexity to your sound wave. For testing purposes we created a basic track and tried exporting it, which took little time: about five seconds for a 20MB file.

Due to its complex interface and very purpose-built nature, Kangas Sound Editor QI for Mac won't tempt everyone. If you're interested in sound creation, then you should definitely try it out since it has a lot to offer. But if you're just looking for a software guitar to play with, GarageBand is a more sensible choice.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.2.0

  • Fix to prevent a dialog 'Kangas Sound Editor QI Install.app is damaged and can't be opened'.
  • Changes to new installation sample database.
  • Made the extent of Recorded Sound boxes sensitive to the Volume multiplier field in the containing Sequence box.
  • Fixed bugs with .WAV sound file handling.


Release June 30, 2014
Date Added June 30, 2014
Version 4.2.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements Java SE 6


Total Downloads 635
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Developer's Description

The user can synthesize sound effects and music effectively from scratch using this program. Musical pitches are constructed using a system of frequency ratios, rather than the conventional equal-temperament notation; however MIDI pitch numbers can be used to specify a base note from which other notes are relative to. The user interface uses a system of cells or boxes, which are placed using drag and drop, and that have associated properties which describe various characteristics of the instrument/sound/chord group etc. This QI variant of the Kangas Sound Editor has its own internal database engine (HSQLDB), unlike the regular Kangas Sound Editor which needs MySQL Server to be separately downloaded and installed. There is a kangaroo theme to this software.