Audio editing today is quite a bit different than audio editing from the middle of the last century. Today, a Mac comes with Garageband which brings multi-track recording, mixing, editing, and effects in a very capable (and free) package.
Back in the day, or, maybe back in the day before the day, audio editing was a mixture of audio recording tape, an aluminum tape block, a single edge razor blade, skill, experience, and luck.
Yes, audio recordings were often edited the old fashioned way with a cut here and here, and some Scotch-like tape to hold the pieces together.
Today, we have apps like Fission on the Mac which claim fast and lossless audio editing. I can attest that audio editing can be fast, lossless, and fun with this feature-laden and cleverly designed app.
Fission looks more or less like every Mac audio recorder and editor with Toolbar, visible audio waveforms and a scrolling timeline.
Fission’s interface isn’t cluttered with non-descript tools. The transport controls are centered at the bottom flanked by waveform and timeline zoom tools.
Many audio editors handle one audio file at a time but Fission can do multiple windows at once, which makes it easy to copy from one and paste to the other.
Audio waveforms can be trimmed, split, faded in and out, and saved as MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, Wave, and even FLAC. The editing tools are pixel precise but large enough to grab and move to capture just the right point in the waveform.
In a unique approach, Fission brings access to the standard Inspect, Select, and Split modes to a single control view. Also built in is a Batch Converter which transcodes dozens of audio files with a minimal number of clicks.
Need ringtones for your smart phone? Fission does that, too.
Audio files can be imported direct from iTunes and Fission performs pretty much every audio editing function I need– crop out, join file, smart splits, gain adjustment, fade away, timecode precision splits and much, much more.
Here’s the only serious gotcha. Fission is an audio editor, not an audio sweetener. So, no Audio Unit or VST or other audio plugins for effects and enhancements (audio compressor, etc.). That’s reserved for Rogue Amoeba’s AudioHijack Pro app, which also features dozens of built-in audio plugins.
Regardless, Fission is perfect for quick and clean and lossless audio editing right on your Mac’s screen. If only waveform editor to could visually replicated a single edge razor slicing across an aluminum editing bar.