This page is in correlation with my Mac sound recording software webpage. After using, choosing and losing many Apple compatible audio applications, I’ve attempted to find which programs function best for the different tasks of recording and finalizing music, voice, or sound. It is important to understand that there is no correct answer when it comes to which is the best app; and that while one program might excel at one task, it may not perform as well for others. For example, many inexperienced musicians and podcasters may choose to begin recording with Apple’s GarageBand. The application is great for rudimentary plug and play use; record on your Mac’s built in microphone (poor audio quality unfortunately), a usb headset, or a compatible audio interface. For a podcaster, Garage Band allows Mac users an easy way of recording, mastering and publishing. The same is nearly true for music as well;  with little difficulty record multi-track audio and overdubs. If is your first or second go at recording, GarageBand can even provide an adequate mixing environment (it features many mastering and editing tools). While it may not provide studio quality effects, it can brighten some digital audio and remove the “recorded at home” feel. There are vocal and instrumental EQs as well as various simulated FXs (reverb, distortion, chorus, etc.), that, along with the easy to use GUI, provide a very comfortable working environment. With little experience, it is easy to master punching in and splicing tracks. Basically, if you’re looking for an easy to use app, the program can provide excellent usability. For a more professional console and environment, you may want to consider much more cost studio software; but for any starting recordist or podcaster the application can provide a wonderful recording and mixing experience.

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