For a variety of reasons, some dating back to the middle of the last century where audio recordings were edited with a razor and tape, I collect audio recording apps on my Mac. From Garageband to Logic Pro X, from Audacity to Amadeus Pro, and many others. The latest to be added to the collection is the delightfully competent TwistedWave (which also has an iOS version that graces my iPhone and iPad).
As audio recorders go, TwistedWave is packed with recording and editing features, but has little resemblance to Apple’s Garageband. Recording audio is quick and painless. Press the red Record button. Markers are easily dropped into the waveform during recording, making an editable section easy to find later.
Otherwise, TwistedWave is somewhat traditional as linear recorders and editors go. Toolbar across the top, waveform timeline below, editable waveform across the bottom. TwistedWave comes with the expected array of tools, too, including compression, limiting, equalization and options to drop in Apple’s Audio Unit plugins or VST plugins. Audio files are easily converted from one format to another, and the app has a few extras not found in other recorder editor apps.
For example, there’s DIRAC time stretch and pitch shift functions built in to TwistedWave which is more of a pro-level feature. File metadata can be viewed, edited, and saved. Copy and pasting audio slips has an automatic fade in and fade out option, and clips can be re-arranged using the Clip List which makes editing long recordings much faster.
The built-in silence detector finds audio-less gaps, and can split them into sections, but saved as individual audio files (you can name each section). Batch processing is built-in, too, which gives you the option to stack effects and filters all at once vs. one at a time.
An odd one, but useful nonetheless, is the option to create your own iPhone ringtones to load into iTunes for your iPhone. Of course, undo and redo are nearly unlimited, and recording and editing can be handled up to 32-bit and 192kHz sampling, so, again, pro-level basics. I use TwistedWave as an audio file converter, too because it handles wav, aiff, au, snd, sd2, mpg, mp2, mp3, mp4, m4r (iPhone ringtones), m4a (iTunes), m4b (audiobooks), aac, caf, flac, ogg/vorbis, wma, WavPack, Wave64 files, but can also import movie sound track audio files.
Unlike many basic audio recorders and editors, TwistedWave also handles multi-channel editing, including AU and VIST plugins. Considering the premium price tag, the app comes with a 90-day money back guarantee, and a free try-before-you-buy option for 30 days. It costs more than Amadeus Pro but does more. The user interface, especially the toolbar, appears somewhat simplistic because it doesn’t have the professional charcoal look of Garageband, Adobe Audition, and Logic Pro X, but is instantly usable.
If you record and edit audio and Garageband isn’t your cup of tea, this is a worthy app with good support. As for editing, TwistedWave is so far beyond an aluminum editing bar, a razor blade, and audio tape that it’s laughable.