multitrack/sound edit software for mac: SPECIFIC FEATURES NEEDED

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Unregistered, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Hi I am looking for a good sound editing multi-track program for the mac, for the following purpose:

    I want to create a collage (or multiple collages) of improv band recordings fading into each other.
    -I don't want to alter the EQ of the original clips.
    -I really need for it to be easy to copy and paste clips, with fade-ins/fade-outs, without having to wait too long for the application to load each time - hope that makes sense, I have to be able to try lots of different things without it taking forever.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    (I run OSX 10.4.11)
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Garage Band comes on Mac doesn't it? Won't this work? I can recommend Reaper as a very good multitrack program. Otherwise there are the usual Mac suspects of Logic etc.
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Don't even waste your time with garageband, its a joke. Do as TheJackAttack suggests and get this now!
    REAPER | Download

  4. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    No, Garageband is not good for what I am doing (for different reasons) ...

    So that's 2 for "Reaper" then, ok. Before I get this program and start screwing around with it, can a couple people chime in and attest if they use the fade-in/out function alot, and if it is very easy to do? I have a lot of fading in/out and trial and error of different parts segwaying smoothly into each other ahead of me, so I need the mechanics of this particular editing function to be very somewhat of a buffer for a very meticulous process.

  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Automation is a snap in Reaper. You expand the lanes and go. Reaper is compatible with any controller as well if you want to automate (write feature) on the fly.
  6. Ripeart

    Ripeart Active Member

    Digital Performer is great for what you want to do, though it may be overkill.

    Fade ins and outs are 1 click and drag. It has an excellent support forum as well.
  7. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    Question. Will you be recording the bands with it, or will you merely be arranging pre-recorded clips?

    If it's the latter, the obvious answer is Wavelab Elements 7. It can do multiple tracks, does not have channel EQ (unless you add it with a plugin) and does not take a long time to load. You can use the montage feature to create the collages you are talking about and by using the CD Wizard you can author an audio CD when you're done.

    If you're planning on making the multi-track recordings, then any of the aforementioned DAW suggestions for Mac will do just fine.

    Cheers :)
  8. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Everyone will have their preference here. I recommend Logic Express because I use it and know how to do what you are wanting to do within Logic. I tried Reaper and didn't like it, but others do like it. That's the way it goes. Preferences. One very positive thing about Reaper is you can actually demo it and to purchase it later is really cheap (as far as DAW's go).

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