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audio scrubbing in iMovie

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Dec 31, 2012 5:11 AM

An Apple Care 2nd level helpdesk person named Aldo told me that audio scrubbing feature in iMovie and Final Cut Pro could be used for precise audio editing since there is no dedicated audio editor included with Apple computers. When using this feature in iMovie all I get is the dirty, drop-out scrubbing usually associated with cheap digital audio editors. I'm an ausio editor who learned my craft using ree-to-reel tape decks. Often I need to make very precise edits with singers and wind instrument musicians involving an replacements of very short passages from the start of the taking of a breath.

My question. Is there an audio editor availble for MacBookPros than with scrubbing that can attain the same level of precision as that of analog reel-to-reel professional tape decks, or am I stuck with that dirty, impossible-to-decypher cheap digital scrubbing? Is this inherent in all digital audio?  

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), iOS 6.0.2, snow leopard 6.8.2, 8 GB RAM
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 5:48 AM (in response to winhink)

    Garageband is the dedicated audio editor included in Apple computers. It is highly capable.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id408980954?mt=12

     

    Logic Pro is the professional Apple app for audio editing. I have it and it is great for editing short passages, perfecting them, and stitching them together to make a full track.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/logic-pro/id459578486?mt=12

     

    I would describe Garageband as the tool to use if your track can use a strict metronome marking. Use Logic Pro if you need Rubato (or flexible timing). Many other diferences exit, but that is one of the most basic.

     

    There are also Mac versions of tools like ProTools, which are competitors to Logic Pro.

     

    iMovie has some pretty good audio editing capability as well,  if you are editing video, but I would not use it to edit audio only.

     

    GarageBand should have come free with your Mac.

     

    If all you need to do is remove noise or hum, iMovie, Logic Pro, and GarageBand can all do that as well. But there are free tools like Audacity that can do this. http://audacity.sourceforge.net

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