Cool Edit Pro
Today known as Adobe Audition, Cool Edit Pro is a digital audio editing software addressed to amateur music enthusiasts and professional musicians alike. It provides a state-of-the-art audio processing environment that includes all the facilities required in music composition.
Complex setup, yet clean interface
The installation process takes at least a few minutes, most likely due to the impressive collection of effects and presets that it brings along. During this process, a file association dialogue prompts you to select the audio formats to be recognized by the application.
It is quite easy on the eyes as it has a professional design. All of its features are nicely packed in organized and concise menus. Extensive Help contents are incorporated, and if you happen to be a first-time user, it is highly recommended that you at least browse through them.
Standard features include cutting, pasting, cropping and combining audio files in order to create that exact song or special effect that was stuck in your head all day long. Cool Edit Pro (with built-in DirectX support) comes with a large number of high-quality effects that you can play with, and it can mix up to 64 tracks together.
Support for many extensions and transferring tapes capabilities
With this program you have access to edit files that are up to 2GB in size. The software supports over 25 of the most commonly used formats (e.g. WAV, MP3, WMV, OGG, AIFF, MKA, WAV etc.) while you add audio from an AVI, and it offers audio effects such as 3D echo, equalizer, multi-tap delay, chorus, distortion and flanger.
Moreover, you can transfer tapes, live performances, Internet radio, LPs, TV, DVD or other audio sources to your drive. What sets Cool Edit Pro apart is the fact that it maintains the quality of an audio file in all its aspects. It even has a click and crackle filter that helps you clean vinyl records, a noise filter for tape recordings, and an option that allows you to remove the vocals from a song.
The computer’s performance might be affected from time to time, depending on the process under way. However, you should know the response time is quite good and there are sufficient options to keep you glued to your computer for quite a while.
Overall, Cool Edit Pro is a pretty handy piece of software, dedicated to all user types interested in multi-track editing, recording music and restore all recordings. It is important to keep in mind that this tool has been discontinued, and therefore will no longer receive updates. Nonetheless, you can check out the new version of this utility, called Adobe Audition CC.