Ironically about a year ago I wrote an article named 5 Useful Mac Apps for a Sound Technician. I wrote this article before a summer of freelancing and another year passing. Us Audio Guys have a tough job; trying to balance the performers needs, the house needs and keeping the audience happy. These apps can help with RTA, playback, and the control of your mixing surface.
Macintosh Apps for Sound Guys
- Waves MultiRack. Along with a whole list of plugins and a Focusrite 6i6, Waves MultiRack is the industry standard for outboard plugin support. I used MultiRack for the first time on Sunday on a GLD-80 (maybe I’ll do a tutorial on that). The results were phenomenal from an engineering standpoint. The lead vocalist sounded better than ever!
- Smaart. The very best in RTA. Outside of my price range but I have used the trial and have found it to be just as great and precise.
- QLab. As I mentioned a year before I have found QLab to be the industry standard for MIDI triggering, sfx and more. It is invaluable during tech week.
- Console Apps. X32 Edit, Yamaha Control Suite and more can be added to your computer to control nearly any digital console.
- VNC Viewer. Avid consoles do not have a dedicated remote app. The only way to connect is via VNC.
Audio apps are a dime a dozen. Apps such as Spotify and iTunes have their place in the normal residential markets as well as being used by guys like us for playback. There are many other apps out there. I have hardly touched based into the realm of multi-tracking or audio editing. Apps such as Reaper and ProTools can be used straight off of newer consoles to multitrack 32 in and 32 out.
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Author: Cody Sweeny
Cody Sweeny is a freelance sound engineer based in Des Moines, Iowa. He writes about life experiences, new gear and anything else. He enjoys tinkering with technology, drinking coffee, and reading books.