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My first Mac OS X (Apple - Mac OS X Lion)

By JeffTadashi, 27/06/2012
Apple's Mac OS X Lion is their newest intel-based operating system, and I currently use it on my MacBook Pro (which I am using to write up this review!). It is the eighth and current major release of Mac OS X, and it is used on both desktops and laptops. Officially, it is version 10.7 of the main operating system line, and some of the new features include AirDrop, FaceTime, Launchpad, Mission Control, and much more. The layout and features mimic the popular mobile operating systems from their successful line of iPhones and iPads, with the inclusion of things such as the app store. It may seem a little odd having an app store on a computer (where you can simply download applications from any source), but the app store provides a nice hub for finding great software, and installing that software seamlessly and quickly.


SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I've always been a bit afraid of Apple computers, and their operating systems, OS X or otherwise, even though I've been using iPod's, iPhone's, iTunes, and other Apple software/hardware for years. But I knew it was somewhat necessary to make the jump to Mac's in order to do live synth sounds for my band, so I took the plunge and spend 1 grand on a refurbished Mac OS Lion system. And overall, the operating system works even better than I expected. The response and control of the operating system by the touchpad is seamless, and it really shows how combining hardware and software under the same name umbrella (of Apple) can be extremely powerful. I love the multi-touch, the gestures, and the integrated right-click, and how all of them work wonderfully in the software operating system.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, Apple still makes some of the best computing hardware and software that is more compatible with professional audio, and certainly Mac OS X Lion follows that same trend. It is integrated so well with the hardware, which is crucial for low latency applications, such as audio.
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high quality (NCH Software - Switch)

By theaudioandvideoguy, 24/07/2012
NCH Software Twitch was a audio editing mp3 software that I kind of stumbled upon while searching online for a simple software just to export mp3 to other formats. After I found this software and saw that it was very universal as far as converting wav to mp3 or vise versa and even some other popular formats I knew that I had found exactly what I was looking for.

The software was very easy to install and extremely easy to use. You will have no problems running this software on your pc or your mac, It is compatible for both platforms. I really liked the ability to take all of my mp3’s and export them to wav format so I could use them in my daw program, because my daw doesn’t allow me to import mp3 files and I am not sure why it wont let me import mp3’s so I needed something that could take my mp3 to .wav file. I was using an online converter to take mp3 to wav files but it was a really hassle having to open up the website in a browser just to do this and it took a long time depending on how busy the servers where.

NCH software Twitch was really a time saver for me and for my set up. If you ever need to transfer a file into a different format then NCH Software is the way to go. I really doesn’t remind me at all of any other similar software that I have used because it is the easiest that I have seen to use. You can download it right now online. Very easy to use and set up. I am happy with using this software and will continue to use it, i have been using it already for about a year now and I am very happy with the results that I am getting.
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only 15 bucks online (Zortam - Mp3 Media Studio)

By theaudioandvideoguy, 24/07/2012
Zortam MP3 Studio is a software that is used to convert mp3 to wav file formats. I purchased this software just recently so I can have it on my laptop. I got it for 15 bucks online which is a very fair price for a piece of software that I needed to have do to the file format differences with so many applications. I have always had issues with getting cd’s in to mp3 format. I don’t know why they make cd’s some weird format that most programs don’t read anymore. Back when I was using cool edit pro about 12 years ago, it could rip right off of a cd and import right in the play list and then you could export it out in any format that you wanted, I have a lot of issues doing this with most of my DAW’s today. Zortam MP3 Studio was very similar to audacity to me for some reason. Not the way that it looks, because they look completely different but the way that it operates and how simple the program is to get what you need out of it.

Installing it was very quick, I download it only for my windows 7 pc. I don’t think it works on mac platforms though at least it didn’t say that it did on the website so I assume trying it would be a waste when there is no download link for a mac version. When using it, you will need to update your computers drivers if you haven't already done that. This is critical to get this software to work correctly in its configuration.

Overall, there are a few mp3 coders that I would choose before this one. But I was on the road and didn’t have mine with me so I needed one fast. So I purchased this cheap one for 15 dollars and none the less it works great and I have no issues with it.
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