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Re: [ARSCLIST] Software for Mac

In all of this computer audio, Mac or other, keep in mind that the analog to digital conversion is vital and key to the resulting sound, far more important than what DAW software you use to work with it once in the computer. General pro audio wisdom says to have the A/D convertor outside of the computer, not internal, and almost never use the computer's internal soundcard for the conversion. Though there may be no problem with what is inside your particular box.

Since I use Protools 7.4LE and Peak Pro XT, I do my conversions outside the box with a seriously upgraded Digi 002 box, or a separate Sound Devices recorder. Using the external recorder with its excellent A/D leaves the Mac free to work with files at the same time. I personally almost never record directly into any computer any more, just copy from flash cards. Way more efficient and multitasking that way for me.

Just offering one person's work style, as in Bill's great A/D/A mentioned below.

Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio

On Oct 14, 2008, at 12:51 PM, Malcolm Smith wrote:

Bias Peak and Soap are for Mac. I've used the pro versions of this software and found them to be excellent. They are fairly expensive though the non pro versions would be less. Go to the Bias web site for more information.

Malcolm Smith.

On Oct 14, 2008, at 11:58 AM, WIlliam McQuay wrote:

HI Craig,

We are digitizing our audio collection using Sonic Studio's soundBlade digital editing software and both Sonic and Prism A/D/ A's. We find the quality of the hardware and software to be very high.


On Oct 14, 2008, at 1:47 PM, Craig Breaden wrote:

Hi all,

I'm deciding whether or not to move my audio transfer workflow to Mac.
Pretty much everything else I do is on Mac, particularly since we do
a lot with video oral histories. Right now I use both SoundForge and
WaveLab on a Windows machine, and have considered trying Boot Camp and
Parallels so I can run them on my Mac. My systems guys warned me off
of Boot Camp, and so that leaves either Parallels ($79), so I can run
my software, or getting audio software that will run on a Mac. I can
always stay with my Windows machine for audio, but it drives me a bit
bonkers with its wonkiness. Any suggestions or sharing of experiences
using Parallels would be welcome.


Craig Breaden
Head, Media and Oral History
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Main Library
University of Georgia
Athens, GA  30602-1641
(p) 706-542-5782
(f) 706-542-4144

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