A good music editor for your Mac can do everything you need: record files, cut, delete, insert clips, add voice effects, add sound effects, perform a spectrographic analysis, and much more. And why do you need to do those things? Some of the most common music editor projects include:
- Find music online and edit to share to phone and other devices
- Trim audio and music files
- Create custom ringtones
- Create and share custom music and audio files
- Add music and sound effects to video files
So how do you choose a music editor for Mac that can do everything you want?
Free Music Editors for Mac
Free-to-use is great, especially when you get all the performance and features you need. Two free music and audio editors for Mac we recommend are:
OcenAudio has a very extensive toolkit of audio editing capabilities and tools, but one of its best features is that it's easy on your memory: you can edit even very large files without requiring external memory resources. OcenAudio supports MP3, WAV, FLAC, WMA and many other audio formats.
Audacity is free and also has going for it a simple and intuitive interface that is easy on beginners. It also has a surprisingly extensive list of features, options and effects, including spectrographic analysis, undo/redo function, and more. Audacity supports a substantial number of formats, including WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 and OGG.
Professional Quality Music Editors for Mac
Pay music editing programs for Mac offer a serious boost in performance and increased number of supported formats and output options. Two pay music and audio editors for Mac we recommend are:
Wondershare Audio Editor for Mac
Wondershare Audio Editor for Mac is often aimed at users who want to edit videos, but this program also offers professional quality performance for editing music and audio. Novice users will appreciate the price ($19) and the intuitive interface that allows a gentle learning curve. Advanced users will like the extensive list of features and supported formats, including a music library feature. It has slightly fewer features and supported formats than Adobe Audition, but if you don't need those extra bells and whistles, this is the music editor for Mac for you.
Adobe Audition comes with a high price at $20/mo. for a license, however users who demand the best will find the cost worth it. It has the most extensive tool set of audio and music editing options, and it supports the widest range of formats. Adobe Audition is also supported by a very complete range of tutorials to help you get the most from your investment. The fact it takes a while to work through the tutorials and get up to speed might be the only drawback.
How to choose Music Editor for Mac for You
Choosing a music editor for Mac, including the ability to edit and output to MP3 and MP4 formats, depends entirely on your needs. If your needs are modest and limited features or functionality work for you, there are several free-to-use options that will get the job done. If you need more robust functionality and professional quality, a pay program will offer more satisfying performance. Keep in mind the following questions when making your choice:
- How often do I need to edit music and audio?
- Do I need simple trim and edit features, or also audio effects?
- What formats are my source files, and what formats do I want to output to?
- What is my budget, and how can I balance performance and price?