My audio recording experience dates well back in the last century, to a time when Ampex ruled, multi-track audio recordings were a dream, and audio tracks were edited with a cutting block and a razor blade. Yes. That’s right. Audio was edited with an aluminum cutting block and a one-sided razor blade.
Today, Mac users get the very capable Garageband free on each Mac. If you need more capability, more tracks, more effects, and an improved work flow, there’s Apple Logic Pro X, and Adobe’s Audition. However, if what you’re after is simplicity, elegance, efficiency, and affordability, you won’t find that in Apple or Adobe’s high end products.
Amadeus Pro is intuitive, handles multi-track audio recording and editing with ease, and manages to record and export in all the most popular audio formats– MP3 AAC, AIFF, Wav, Apple Lossless, Ogg Vorbis, and others, including QuickTime, FLAC, SoundDesigner II). Despite all the capability, Amadeus Pro is not as complex to setup and use as Garageband.
This audio recorder is good for multi-track recordings, great for audio podcast production, and edits audio waveforms faster and easier than Garageband. It can also use both Apple’s own Audio Unit plugins and VST plugins, but it comes with a rich list of basic effects– equalizers, volume normalization, echo, speed and pitch change, compressors and limiters and many more.
There’s also a number of real-time audio analysis tools, including an audio sonogram and spectrum analysis tool.
See? Swiss Army knife for audio. Many Mac users have Amadeus Pro around just to transfer vinyl records onto the Mac to burn CDs (noise, click, and blip reduction are built in). The only issues I’ve had through the years had to do with stability while editing larger audio files; most of which seem to have been licked with updates in the past year.
If you’re looking for other Mac apps that do more than the free Audacity, but don’t have the price rage of Logic Pro X or Audition, I can recommend TwistedWave (which has a good iPhone and iPad version), and Triumph (which is more complex and highly capable, but missing the Mac-like interface found in Amadeus Pro and TwistedWave).
That said, most of my audio recording these days (I’m not a musician) is done in Adobe’s Audition.