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02-28-2004, 11:52 AM
I still do a little editing of AIFF files from my record and cassette tape collection and would like a good (not buggy) software to chop the files into tracks before having iTunes convert them. I have tried Sound Studio but it is still too buggy for me and pricey for software that does not reliably do it's job. My question: does the Garage Band software in iLife do what I am looking for? If so, then the combination of iDVD4 and GB for audio editing might make the price worthwhile. Anyone used it for such purposes or know if it does this? Also, sometimes fade in and fade out come in handy but all the other special filters are of no interest to me. Thanks in advance.

02-28-2004, 12:43 PM
Hey Bif -

I can't comment on your question but I can suggest you download ProTools Free from www.digidesign.com (http://www.digidesign.com)

I understand you are not interested in all the bells and whistles this software has to offer but it is an excellent choice for editing audio, not too difficult to use and FREE is always a good price!

Good luck and happy editing! http://forums.macgurus.com/images/dance.gif

02-28-2004, 05:31 PM
Seems like with every upgrade to iLife, the minimum requirements steepen. I cannot answer your questions about GarageBand but here are the iLife 4 minimums and requirements:

System Requirements

* Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor
-600MHz G3 or faster required for GarageBand; G4 or G5 required for GarageBand software instruments
* 256MB of physical RAM
* Display with at least 1024-by-768-pixel resolution
* Mac OS X v10.2.6 or later (v10.2.8 or later recommended)
* QuickTime 6.4 or later (QuickTime 6.5 included)
* 4.3GB of disk space required to install GarageBand, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD; or 250MB to install iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie only
Important Notes:

* DVD drive required to install GarageBand and iDVD
* iDVD requires a 733MHz PowerPC G4 or faster.
* Burning DVDs using iDVD requires an Apple SuperDrive.
* Burning iPhoto archives to CD or DVD requires Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later.
* iPhoto book and print ordering services are available only in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and select territories; fees apply.

02-28-2004, 07:06 PM
Coaster lets you chop up a continuous recording into separate files on-the-fly. It's simple, and works well. Even has a headroom display under the meters, and an adjustable clip warning. It won't do fades/effects, and is 9 only though. It's my go-to app for recording from vinyl/tape. I have it set to make the file creator QuickTime so it's easy to import the files into PTF for editing/effects.

PTF is an excellent free editor with everything you could need for fades, and effects except reverb. 9 only as well though, and requires a lean extension set for stability.

I've played with Audacity a bit. It's an OK editor, but it's kinda unstable on 9. Might be better on X.

I've read that Peak LE is also a good 2-track editor/mastering app, but it's not free.

02-28-2004, 07:12 PM

This old thread (http://forums.macgurus.com/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=40160367&f=86360149&m=22460249&r=42460249#42460249) has some good info.

04-12-2004, 12:06 PM

You might want to look into either PEAK or PEAK LE by Bias software:


PEAK is kinda pricey, but it appears to be the de facto standard for stand-alone wave editors on the Mac. I haven't used the LE version (I have "PEAK DV" that came with After Effects, but I'm not sure it's the real product). For whatever value, I plan on getting the full version of PEAK soon (I currently do a fair amount of my single sample editing on a PC using Steinberg's Wavelab...which is a good product and comparably priced to PEAK...however, I do most of my work on the Mac using the MotU suite).

Sweetwater carries it:


(as noted, I'm not real wild about the "DV" version that I have, though I don't know if the bundled version is the same as the sold product: my copy tends to accumulate temp files)