All I’m Asking For…
A lot of people had been asking for audio editing capabilities in Project5. With the addition of all the new multi i/o features, it seemed apparent that people would need some way to modify all the audio they’d be able to record. After all, nobody’s perfect. A whole new audio editor is quite an undertaking, so it seemed more efficient and flexible to allow users to use the audio editor of their choice (à la SONAR). This would also save time, as a lot of the basic code to this already exists, and more time saved equals more time to spend on other features. Wasn’t it Stravinsky who said “A good composer does not imitate, he steals”?
If only it were that easy
So steal I did. But SONAR allows a lot of different types of tools, and the internal structure is quite different so some things needed to change to work in Project5. One addition we’ve added to Project5 which fits the general paradigm is the ability to select two default editors. It’s probably not very likely someone has 5 audio editing programs installed and wants to be able to use all 5 on a frequent basis, so we permit users to select 2 default audio editors. You select the two default editors in a dialog box below. Both of these can be launched by clicking on a dropdown in the pattern editor view. But maybe two clicks is a lot of work, so the primary audio editor can be opened by clicking on a button in the same view. You can also see the button in the screen shot below:
I should note that I’m no artist and the above artwork for the button is temporary (in fact it doesn’t even match the other buttons right now).
So after getting all the guts hooked up, all I had left to do was to make sure it actually worked. There are a plethora of audio editors available, so I picked a few. We’ve tried it with Adobe Audition 2.0, Sound Forge, and WaveLab. It should work with others as well, these are just the ones I had available when working on the feature. So soon enough you’ll be able sit down with yourself, Project5, and the audio editor of your choice, and…well,…edit audio.
Labels: 3rd Party Audio Editor