audio recording and editing app recommendations for mac?

macOS & Mac Apps
Hi. Just to give a little background, I have been a Windows user for many years, an Ipod Touch user for 2 years, and am a brand new Mac user. I am interested in app recommendations for audio recording and audio editing on the Mac. For anyone familiar with Windows, I would like to find an equivalent to GoldWave. Here's what I hope to accomplish: recording via the internal microphone, recording the system audio, and recording via the line-in jack, but none of those at the same time. I also need to be able to merge and split files, move, copy or delete selected portions of files, and occasionally apply special effects, noise reduction, and volume normalization. Friends have suggested Amadeus, Piezo, and Audio Hijack Pro, as well as Garage Band. I am interested in reading others' experiences with these programs, as well as any other audio recording;/editing app recommendations you might have. This information will assist me with making a decision on which apps to shell out money for. Thank you in advance for your feedback.



Submitted by Thomas Byskov Dalgaard on Friday, September 6, 2013

Hi! I think Amadeus Pro or Soundstudio 4 may be what you're looking for. I must say, however, that I haven't found a program that does all what Goldwave does on Windows as well. But that might be the taste I have. :) If you want to capture system audio you might get soundflower or Audio Hijack pro. If you want the full control Audio hijack Pro is the way to go. You can try demos of all of these programs and find out which you prefer.

I use amadeus pro but there is not way to let's say remove every silence longer then 2 seconds. That I use goldwave for, still. I use and love amadeus for my podcasting and all of that stuff. I also use sound flower and garage band for my system voice recording as audio hi jack broke somethign with the system voice and recording the mic as well. I've never used sound studio as amadeus pro does what i need and does it farily well..

Submitted by flcomputergeek on Sunday, September 8, 2013

Hi guys. Thank you for your feedback. A friend came over today who has bought several audio editing and recording apps, and I had an opportunity to try amadeus pro, sound studio, audio hijack pro, and piezo. Of the four, I felt amadeus pro would best meet my needs. Given my observations, and the information provided by those who commented on this post, I purchased amadeus pro. Thanks again for your help!

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, September 9, 2013

In reply to by flcomputergeek

Nice nice. My friend did a podcast on amadeus pro. I don't knwo if it sup on her new feed and I dont' have a url handy at the moment but look up the gwenna podcast or go to and look for the listen link that's there. Tc and be blessed. The podcast was around may or so of 2010 as that's when I bought my copy of amadeus pro and have loved it ever since.

Before posting a topic of my own, I always search to see if there are already any topics like the one I was thinking of posting. That came in handy for this. I have been a Mac user since march of 2013. I haven't been able to do much production with it, like I wanted, because frankly, I guess I'm confused. I figured Garageband would do what I need, but it confuses me. I can't figure out how to do anything with it. Then again, I think it's geared to the musician, and that's not the type of production I do. I do ids, promos, and just random stuff like that. Someone on here mentioned they use Goldwave, which is what I use as well. However, I do want to start getting into production on my Mac, as it's the portible one. I have a Mac book pro. I had a demo of Amadeus Pro, but it ran out on me before I could try it much. What about pro tools? How accessible is that? I'm not sure about audio Hijack and some of the others mentioned here, because I have never heard of them. From what I have been reading on this duscussion, it looks like most people recommend Amadeus Pro. What are the advantages and disadvantages to Amadeus, VS GB, and Pro tools, and others mentioned? I really want to make sure I spend my money wisely. Thanks.

Submitted by John W. hess on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Good day to all. Audacity is free, multitrack and accessible. To the fellow who does promos, this is the one you want. I've produced programming professionally that has been aired on ny/nj radio as well as mixed recordings of music consisting of over 30 tracks with effects. I highly recommend this program. I did a presentation which I turned in to a podcast on this and had a person in the audience who used Sound Studio. I was able to do much of what they do using this wonderfully free piece of software.

Amadeus Pro is a very good program to do a lot of what you are trying to do. Audacity does work, and is free, but I have not been able to get it to work properly and I can't find any tutorials on it. I use a mixture of audio hijack Pro, Amadeus Pro, and GarageBand to produce my podcasts. They each have strengths and weaknesses and I prefer each for their own specific task. If anyone is in need of an Amadeus Pro tutorial you can get it here:

Submitted by Maria on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hi. to the person who said they use Amadais, garage band and audio highjack, to do pod casts, would you be able to make a pod cast on this subject?

Submitted by Karen on Saturday, November 16, 2013

In reply to by WildmanJoe

Hi, I have been looking for a editing application for my MAC as well. I am a beginner to editing and want to learn. After some looking about, I decided to go for the Amadeus Lite. However, I am not sure what the diferences are between the Lite and the Pro. If anyone can let me know, I would appreciate it. Thanks and regards to all.

Submitted by Thomas Byskov Dalgaard on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Interesting thoughts on this topic here. For the past months I've tried to find a way to make audio like I used to do with Goldwave. I've now find the workflow that works great for me for the most part. I record and edit my file in Amadeus Pro, since I bought that back in 2011, where it was the only option in the Amadeus-world. :) I then set markers while I am recording, so I don't need to listen to the file again, but I can easily jump to the points, where I made a mistake, or where I need to do an edit. I do my edit, and normalize it. Now, if I want to reduce silence or noise reduction I use Audacity to this job, because these options aren't quite as good in Amadeus Pro... From my point of view. If I have to mix background music in I will also use Audacity. At some point I thought changing to Audacity, but here is why I didn't do that: See, Audacity can not do this marker-stuff that Amadeus can do. The result of this is that you can not make markers while recording. You can do this, but it is not accessible, as I understand it. Audacity has this thing called labels. Labels can do the same as markers, but again, not accessible on the Mac yet... And another thing: If you have any external recorder like the Zoom-recorders you can put markers in your files while recording. These markers are handy when you go to your computer to edit your audio... But here is the issue (again): Audacity doesn't support markers, at least for now, and therefor you have to make notes about where to edit in the recording. For me this method works great. I am now trying to set up a way to record two files at the same time in Audio Hijack, so I can edit them inside Amadeus Pro and skip Soundflower. John Hiss: If you have any good information on how to use Audacity on the Mac I will love to hear it. Best regards Thomas