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Best Free Sound Recorder for MAC

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Arranger, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. Arranger

    Arranger Active Member

    I don't run a MAC, but a fellow musician does. I'd like to help him get a free sound recorder up and running so he can capture audio on his MAC PC. Can anyone suggest a free program that would work best for him (OS X). I thought Audacity might make the list.

    I'm a Windows user running CDex and I'm delighted. I'd like him to have a similar MAC-based app.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Garageband works fine as a sound recorder. What type of audio interface does your friend have?
  3. llornkcor

    llornkcor Active Member

    What does he want to do with it? Simple recording/editing or all out DAW?

    There is audacity, or Ardour and of course, garageband.

    There is also:
    (as well as other utilities)
  4. Hell01

    Hell01 Guest

    You can also try to use Macvide Audio Recorder.It’s prog can records many different formats of sound.Try.
  5. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    GarageBand part of the iLife suite comes free on all macs, it's a Daw with built in virtual instruments and effects. It's a good place to start.

    Apple - GarageBand - Learn to play music and record on your Mac.
  6. ZeroZero

    ZeroZero Guest

    you could check KVR site
  7. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Garageband. It's too good to overlook.
    Audacity? MEH.
    Ardour? Ok. A little complicated for it's useability. Routing is a bit of a nightmare.
    Wavepad? May as well use Audacity.

    Garageband is a robust freeware with a lot of good content as add ons.
  8. ceriemoon

    ceriemoon Member

    Wavepad is the best one but a little expensive
  9. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Seriously? What about Garageband? Garageband is way more functional that Wavepad and it's free. If I had to pay as much as for Wavepad I'd buy Reaper or Mixcraft. Reaper is by far the best of these and that's not merely opinion, it's about functionality and third party support. Look it up. But since we are talking about FREE and on a Mac, Garageband is already installed and has a lot of tools that are very useable. Sure, it is limited but no more than Wavepad. In fact, less so.

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