Sound Studio 3.6 review

We last reviewed Sound Studio at version 3.5 – and not a lot has changed. Still, it’s one of our favourite audio editing and recording tools, and well worth a second look. It comes from the Freeserve stable too – the same folks responsible for the Big Bang series of board game conversions and Comic Life, another cherished Mac gem.

Sound Studio is a multitrack audio-recording program with support for OS X’s core audio filters. We like its easily configurable sound inputs and outputs, one-click recording and live levels. It’s one of the easiest-to-use digital audio tools we’ve seen on the Mac.

In testing it for review, we used it to transfer an old, vinyl LP to AAC, and it dealt with it without any fuss, recording at CD quality. When the recording had finished we were able to clean up the sample using a free set of extra plug-ins – called Monbots – getting rid of hiss and compressing the sound dynamics. We finished by splitting the sample into tracks before saving.

As we’ve said, there aren’t that many changes in version 3.6 – it’s mainly just bug fixes. However, we were pleased to see that sample conversion rates have been bumped up. It’s now capable of recording 32-bit samples at 96KHz: CD quality is 16-bits at 44.1KHz. Our advice when converting from analogue sources is to set recording to as high as your system can handle, then downsample for normal playback.

OUR VERDICT

Sound Studio 3.6 is a brilliant budget tool with professional applications. It’s ideally suited to converting analogue audio sources, but could also be used for podcast production and as part of any Mac musician’s toolkit.

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