Hands on with Sound Studio

Keith White
8 January, 2018
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Sound Studio

Felt Tip Inc, felttip.com

Pros 

Easy to use, stable, frequently updated, good range of useful filters

Cons 

None

$46.99

Reviews

I have been using Sound Studio, seemingly forever. Although I now use Logic Pro to finish off my major audio projects, Sound Studio is still my app of choice for voice recording and quick editing. As the Mac App Store says:

The Macs most popular audio program for many years, Sound Studio continues to be regularly updated to add new features and to take advantage of the newest Apple technologies.

I couldn’t agree more. Recently I was at the house of an old friend with my MacBook and microphone to capture his amazing life story. The set up was very simple. I inserted a microphone into the MacBook, opened Sound Studio which recognised the microphone, adjusted input levels from live metering at bottom of Sound Studio work space and hit Record. It was as simple as that.

As the session proceeded I used the spacebar to pause and restart. I monitored and adjusted levels by watching the waveforms as they appeared in real time. When it finished the whole recording fitted into a single window and I could zoom in on the waveform to remove false starts, lengthy pauses or interruptions. I zoomed right down to individual syllables to remove ‘ums’ and ‘ers’, or the sound of a door slamming in the background.

When I was back in my studio I used a full range of filters and effects disposal to sweeten the sound. If it’s still a little too quiet I use the Normalise function to boost levels without adding distortion. If there’s some background hum or hiss I have equalisers, 3-band, 10-band and graphic to hunt out the offending frequency and tone it down. There are also high and low pass filters that can help. While it lacks true noise removal, with practise I can get pretty close.

And if I feel the interview is a little slow at times I have a Tempo filter to speed things up without altering the pitch.

If these filters are not enough I have access through Sound Studio to all my installed Audio Units from Apple and IK Multimedia – over 60 at last count!

A couple of years ago a friend of mine offered to digitise a large number of audio cassette tapes in an archive I was working on. I didn’t have time for post-production so I set him up with an elderly MacBook and Sound Studio, which he had never used before – he had never used an audio editor. He found Sound Studio so intuitive that after a session on the basics from me he was off and running and now takes great delight in turning noisy originals with wild volume fluctuations into smooth clean audio. Pretty amazing for an app that costs under $50.

If you’re new to audio editing this is a great way to start. Sound Studio is ideal for producing and editing podcasts, creating music mixes with fade-ins and fadeouts and for sweetening noisy audio. You can also import and export in a wide variety of common audio formats.

2 Comments

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  1. Frederick Allen says:

    Hi Anthony
    I very much look forward to your emails; you offer an important service to people who don’t follow a lot of the Apple news but do like to keep up to date with the essentials.
    Re Sound Studio, I used it with my 2006 MacBookPro but am now frustrated with my new late-2016 MacBookPro which does not have a sound-in option other than the built-in mic.
    People at the local Mac shop, Adelaide, could not tell me if there was a way of importing sound into this model.
    Thus, I haven’t installed and upgraded Sound Studio, much to my disappointment.
    Is this a case of Apple offering less functionality?
    Thanks again
    Frederick

  2. Macworld Australia Staff says:

    I’m pretty sure the headphone jack on the MacBook Pro supports both a mic and headphones. And there are certainly USB options for sound input to the MacBook Pro

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