Other Mac Applications

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Peter 16Dec16: This page has many out-dated, untended, projects/projects that we should consider removing from this page.
This is a page of links to specialised, standalone software for Apple Mac computers that you might find useful in your audio work in addition to Audacity. The applications listed include tools for recording, mixing, audio creation and file format conversion.

Free OS X applications


Apple's built-in tool for recording and mixing music. Listed as "free" because it comes with all new Macs. If your Mac does not have it, it's currently around $100 as part of iLife , which is still a good deal for example if you use the included iPhoto  application. GarageBand features software instruments, good effects, lots of built-in loops, and an incredibly easy-to-use interface, but has only very limited editing of either audio or MIDI. See GarageBand for a review and a comparison between Audacity and GarageBand.


Peter 16Dec16: Last software update: "V 1.2.0 (Intel only) 12/09/2008 mardi 9 décembre 2008" Supported platforms quoted "10.3.x, 10.4.x and 10.5.x " macOS is now at 10.12 with Sierra. Looks to be abandoned 8 years ago.

I recommend we remove this from the list

An improved audio system preference pane (which crashed my System Preferences in Mac OS X 10.3.4...)

Note that this application appears to have been last updated as Vn 1.2.0 in autumn 2008, so it may no longer be being actively supported or developed.


Peter 16Dec16: Website page last updated "2004/01/26" Looks to be abandoned 12 years ago.

I recommend we remove this from the list

Creates MIDI and karaoke files. Other abc notation applications can create sheet music or convert MIDI files to abc notation.

Note that this application's website was last updated in early 2004, so it is likely that it is no longer be being actively supported or developed.

Final Vinyl

Peter 16Dec16: I'm not sure why we are still alluding to Griffin/iMic - we know the devices perform poorly (Koz certainly thinks so - his is junked in his garage).

I suggest we think about removing this from the list

Free, closed-source recording software (downloadable from the links on the right hand of the above page) for use only with two Griffin USB devices: iMic  and PowerWave (which is an audio interface and amplifier). Final Vinyl lets you easily record your old LPs into your Mac and even has an RIAA  EQ (equalisation) switch. Other uses are obvious.


Peter 16Dec16: Latest update 2.13.13 announced "Last Update: 2004-10-04 00:57:40 JST" Looks to be abandoned 12 years ago.

As with the related Windows page, I recommend we remove this from the list

Can convert a MIDI file into a WAV file that can then be edited with Audacity. You can use soundfonts from sites like Freepats  (which has open source sound samples and soundfonts) to customize instrument sounds in Timidity.

Note that this application was last updated in 2004, so it may no longer be being actively supported or developed.

Commercial OS X applications

Amadeus II

Audio editor, supports AIFF, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis and VST plug-ins.


Good for long recordings, VOX, or scheduled recordings


Originally focused on MIDI, but now has both MIDI and audio features. Very Mac-like interface.

Other Open Source applications

See also this page with other Open Source (free to download and free to use) applications: