Sound Studio

Developer: Felt Tip Inc.

Current Version: 4.8.8

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 13 MB - Download


Record, edit, and produce your audio with Sound Studio, an easy-to-use Mac app for recording and editing digital audio on your computer. Digitize tapes and vinyl records, record live performances, create your own mixes with crossfades, tweak the levels and EQ, apply digital effects and save in all major file formats.

The Mac’s most popular audio program for many years, Sound Studio continues to be regularly updated to add new features and to take advantage of the newest Apple technologies.

With Sound Studio you can record professional-sounding Podcasts and other audio dialog. Spoken word, speeches, presentations, music, and other audio can all be recorded and edited with the same high fidelity.

You can save in the following standard file formats:
• Ogg Vorbis
• tab-delimited text
• NeXT/Sun
• Apple Lossless

You can apply the following effects and filters:
• Amplify/Volume
• Fade In, Fade Out, and Fade Special (with an envelope)
• Normalize
• Dynamics Compressor
• Dynamics Expander
• Noise Gate Expander
• Add Noise (or cowbell)
• DC Offset
• Interpolate
• Invert Signal Polarity
• Swap Left and Right Channels
• Backwards/Reverse Audio
• Chorus
• Delay and Echo
• Flanger
• Pitch and Tempo
• Reverb
• 3-band, 10-band, and chart-based Graphic EQ
• High Pass
• Low Pass

Tech Specs
+ Audio recording and playback on up to 2 channels.
+ Number of tracks limited only by processor and memory constraints.
+ AudioUnit plug-in hosting.
+ Uses 32-bit floating point PCM format internally.
+ Markers: automatically generate markers in silent gaps or in a grid.
+ Split by Markers: lets you split a long file into separate tracks.
+ Has FM synthesis, sine, triangle, square wave, and noise generators.
+ Snap to Zero Crossings.
+ Preserves BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) data in .WAV files.
+ Zoom in as close as sample level.
+ AppleScript and Automator support.
+ 64-bit Intel app binary.

Made in NYC.

How to select tracks/channels in Sound Studio 4.7.0 and later:

To select an individual track or set of tracks in Sound Studio, hold down the Command key and then click on the track(s) you'd like to select. By default, clicking once in the main waveform view automatically selects all tracks. Many users were previously unable to easily select and edit all tracks in Sound Studio, so we made this change to make this feature possible. You can read more about this feature in our user manual under Keyboard Shortcuts at


Release Notes:

• Increased transparency of markers in the overview waveform area, so that the waveform can still be seen under marker labels.
• Sound Studio 4.8.0 and later require 64-bit. 32-bit is no longer supported.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 0
Review by Clark Baker

Not too complicated and does what I need - I have been a satisfied user for about 10 years and have many editing hours on versions 2 and 3. While I have only used this release for a short time, it retains the features and simplicity of use that I love. Here are just a few features I use: Drop markers while music is playing Zoom and adjust markers to exact beat boundaries so I can cut, copy, and paste seamlessly Select a region, perhaps between markers, and with “loop when playing” start playing near the end of the selection and hear how it sounds looping back to the beginning of the selection Adjust temp without changing pitch Paste mix – the ability to layer existing music onto new music. Sometimes in separate buffers I fade out one piece, fade in a separate piece, and paste mix the two together to get a transition When I need music in the left track and voice in the right track, I use mixdown to mono to create mono tracks of each, and cut and past the music into a new “L” track and the voice into a new “R” track. In the rare cases I have needed it I have received good support. Things it doesn’t do: Compute BPM, automatically place markers every beat (or 4 beats or 16 beats), beat align transitions between songs like a DJ might, automatically adjust the volume level so an entire podcast or talk or piece of music is at about the same volume, “cleanup” recordings made from an LP (pop, hiss, wow, flutter) but I understand there may be plugins for some of these functions.

Found helpful by 15 out of 17 people
Version 4.6.4
Review by Nutcracker13

I bought this program to edit MP3 files now they have removed that ability - I use this app to edit MP3 recordings of church services. Now they have removed the ability to save MP3 files and removed the reference to that ability from the description. Therefore my purchase is now worthless. Don't waste your money on an application that will arbitrarily remove major features after you purchased the app for those advertized features.

Found helpful by 40 out of 46 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 4.8.8
Review by tsarlupo

Won’t launch - I’ve been a registered user for many years. Moved to a new Mac Mini in the studio. Downloaded the app. It cycles between bobing up and down in the dock at launch. No Console output. Need to get work done, so it’s off to something else.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 4.8.8
Review by Dre 'n' LA

The Best two track editor/mastering program for Mac bar none!! - I’ve used all the available two track editor/mastering programs for Mac since OS9, and I am telling you, beyond the shadow of a doubt, Sound Studio is the heir apparent to Bias Peak. I used to love Peak. I was a loyal user and when the company went under and I switched to OS X 10.11, the old version wouldn’t work. For that very reason, I kept the hard drive with OS X 10.5.8 and wiped my 10.11 hardrive completely clean, but Peak still wouldn’t even be recognized by the old hard drive any longer either. I was upset. search began for a replacement two track editor that could utilize my plug ins, (Izotope in particular)> I tried WavePad, Audacity, Fission the list goes on. Didn’t like any of them!! Clunky, limited…I missed Peak. But then I stumbled upon Sound Studio and you know what?! I love it!! It is every bit as good as Peak and even quicker! Once i learned the key commands to do markers, choose selections, print plug-ins, i am back in business and comfortable as can be. Goodbye Peak. Loved ya, but I done found me another!! Sound Studio for users that were hooked on Peak is a winner! Please note, there is a difference between the App for IOS and the Mac OSX version. If you are using it on a computer, go to the site and download the full Mac OS X version. André Berry

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people