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Adobe Audition Mac Beta

It’s been over four years since Apple began its Intel chip led foray into the personal computing mainstream. For many creatives, Macs are central to their workflow – despite Adobe’s generally relaxed attitude to the platform. It wasn’t until over a year after the release of the first Intel Core Duo based Macs that Adobe released a Universal Binary version of its Creative Suite, and many a Mac adopting music producer has been left scratching their head after finding out that Audition, the ubiquitous audio editor for Windows, isn’t available for Mac. Until now, that is.


Just released, Adobe is finally bringing Audition (now up to version 4) to Mac, with an open beta available for download. I eagerly downloaded and proceeded to prod around, and was treated, more than anything else, to a hefty gust of nostalgia. Audition translates handsomely to the OSX environment, and behaves snappily and sleekly, yet the basic interface still harks back to those heady old days of Cool Edit.

Audition translates handsomely to the OSX environment, and behaves snappily and sleekly, yet the basic interface still harks back to those heady old days of Cool Edit.

My current workflow doesn’t necessarily warrant Audition – I don’t even remember the last time I opened Audacity, its clunky-yet-free alternative. I can’t help but wonder, though, whether the way I work now is shaped by the absence of the powerful audio editor and multi tracker, and whether the release of Audition for OSX will give me back time I never knew I’d lost… Time, I suppose, will tell.

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