Trying out Audacity

I need an audio editor to do fine-tune chopping and format conversion of samples to get the drum sounds ready for the Transistor set. In the distant past I used Bias Peak, but at some point along the upgrade path they lost me and added stuff I didn’t want and didn’t like. Next I tried DSP Quattro which was pretty good, but never quite felt right and had some weird audio format quirks that my Korg ESX-1 didn’t like. I was very interested in Apple’s Soundtrack Pro, but they stopped offering it as a separate product and I’m not interested in buying the Final Cut Studio package just yet, plus I am unsure what sort of future support it will get. And Dallas pointed me to a couple other programs called Amadeus Pro and Wave Editor that I will likely also check out.

Anyway, since my hard drive crashed at the beginning of this project and I never re-installed Quattro, I’ve decided to give the free open source Audacity editor a trial run. So far, it hasn’t gone super smooth. The non-beta download they offer would not work with my RME sound card, it kept giving me errors any time I pressed play. It would only play audio through the built in speaker on the Mac, which is basically worthless for me. The newer beta version seems to work fine with my soundcard once it loads… it freezes and sits there doing nothing for about a minute every time I start it up though, which is a little weird. Other than that it seems to be okay, and I’ll try using it for a couple more days before making any further criticisms…