I just can't find a program similar to Cool Edit Pro for the Mac. Any idea?


Cool Edit Pro is now Adobe Audition. They have started a beta, so you're in luck.


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    As a side note: Audition is, in my opinion, much worse than CEP. If the OP really likes CEP, they might not find Audition a reasonable substitute. – Sklivvz Jan 8 '11 at 23:28
  • @Sklivvz: exactly what I was going to write :) – pt2ph8 Jan 9 '11 at 12:25
  • It is miles and miles ahead of Soundbooth, though. – Nic Jan 10 '11 at 11:46
  • +1 and it's now officially released as Adobe Audition CS5.5 for both Mac and PC. I use it on both platforms and they work pretty much the same. Also, if you have old Cool Edit Pro / Audition .ses files, you will need to get them converted to the new XML-based .sesx format using the following cheap third party tool: aatranslator.com.au/ses2sesx.html – therobyouknow Nov 25 '11 at 2:26
  • @Sklivvz - why do you think Audition is worse than Cool Edit Pro (CEP)? I have used both. Though I have to say that some of the great features in Audition have been in the software for years, including in CEP: such as the multi-track, non-destructive editor, the envelopes, the timeshifting, the noise reduction. I'm still learning with CS5.5 so maybe I'll see what benefits it brings. – therobyouknow Nov 25 '11 at 2:29

Depending on the functionality needed, Audacity (it's free) may do the trick. Otherwise, you might try Cubase (it's expensive depending on version).

Both can use your existing sound interface. If you want an easier (in my opinion) user interface, check into ProTools, but you will need to buy compatible hardware.

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  • I tried Audacity a while ago, but I really don't like the interface. As for Cubase and Pro Tools, aren't they too 'big' to be compared to CEP? I need an application focused on audio editing only, easy to use and with a relatively simple interface - like CEP basically. Thanks for the answer! – pt2ph8 Jan 8 '11 at 17:02
  • See my answer here for info on Reaper. – Friend Of George May 19 '11 at 13:57

As a fellow Cool Edit user, I recently started doing some basic single track recording on Mac. The best app I've come across so far has been Sound Studio by Felt Tip Inc http://felttip.com/ss/ (You'll need the older version created by FreeVerse for older versions of OSX). I'm planning to experiment with some other apps listed here: http://www.pure-mac.com/audio.html but will most likely purchase Felt Tip, as so far, it has served me well.

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