At long last! Adobe has developed a Mac OS version of its famous Adobe Audition, a complete and feature-rich audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering program. The beta version of Adobe Audition for Mac is currently available through Adobe Labs.
This is great news not only for Mac users but for PC users anxious to know that Adobe is still committed to developing Audition. Since the deployment of Soundbooth, it looked like Adobe had lost interest in Audition, which is far more comprehensive without being as complicated to use as ProTools or other software. What I particularly like about Audition is its inherent versatility. It handles analog sound and MIDI sequencing, both production and post-production through its multitrack editor for mixing and mastering. And you can use it with different hardware setups on the fly, unlike ProTools which has its licensing tied up to Digidesign or M-Audio interfaces.
What’s New in Adobe Audition
Adobe Audition for Mac will have all the same great features of Adobe Audition 3, the last PC version, including the healing tool (a great concept borrowed from Photoshop). The new version will have 64-bit support which means it will use nearly as much memory as you throw at it for faster overall processing. The new version also promises improved noise reduction capabilities and improved workflow, allowing you to load additional audio files in the background while you continue to edit files in the foreground. Also new to this version is native 5.1 surround sound support.
For more details, check out Jason Levine’s Adobe Audition for Mac video on Youtube.
Don’t have a Mac? That’s OK. All these features are expected (rumored) to be part of the next version of Adobe Audition for PC as well.