Other Mac Applications

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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 Mac 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.

Commercial Mac 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: