Stress Free Utilities for Mac (Part 2)

Last time we collected a series of free almost indispensable utility for all Mac users in this second part we want to show other applications, perhaps with fewer pretensions, but that can save us precious time without resorting to larger software for simple operations.


CFXR is the Mac ported version (corrected and improved) of sfxr, a utility designed to create sound effects for games 8-bit/16-bit style retro-style. Of course, this utility can be used for other purposes such as the creation of sound effects for websites or applications in general. The main feature is the immediacy as well as a simple but powerful graphical user interface. Files can be exported to Wave 22050Hz or 44100Hz and 8 bits or 16 bits.

Site: http://thirdcog.eu/apps/cfxr
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Audio MIDI Setup is an internal OS X utility often unknown but very powerful.
It often happens now, even in small home studios, that we have more then one audio interfaces/MIDI interfaces and only few software allow management of multipledevices simultaneously.
Audio MIDI Setup utility allows us to create a new device linking inputs/outputs audio of our interfaces. Just select the new device from the configuration panel of audio software that use and that’s it.

Utility path: /Applicazioni/Utility/Audio MIDI Setup
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Jack OS X is a sound server originally written for GNU / Linux and now available for Mac OS X. This application is able to connect multiple applications on a single hardware audio (eg sound card). Compared with other similar applications, Jack is developed primarily for professional use. The strengths are stability for synchronization and low latency.

Site: http://www.jackosx.com/
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In the last article we talked about Sysex Librarian, utility that allows you to save or send our patches via MIDI to our synthesizers. An alternative, always free, is C6 SysEx Manager by Elektron.

Site: http://www.elektron.se/products_sections/downloads/tm1-dl-c6-sysex-manager-osx
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mAC3decis an application that allows you to extract audio from AC-3 DVD and save them to AIFF, MP3 or AAC files. Cumbersome operation on other operating systems where we often must fight to find a free software without specific restrictions for this simple operation.

Site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/mac3dec/
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Audio Slicer is an application that can split audio files according to silences slice. This feature is often present in many DAW but can be useful to have a small independent application for quick cuts without the need to disturb the biggest softwares. Currently only support the MP3 format, but the author affirms that in the future will include support for many other audio formats.

Site: http://audioslicer.sourceforge.net/
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It may seem trivial, but a good metronome can solve many problems when you can not use the potential of DAWs and sequencers. Metronome is probably the best free metronome available for OS X, provides many configurable options such as inserting accents, can choose the time from the keyboard (tap-tempo) and a very practical function “Accellerator”. This can be very useful while studyng gradually as you accelerate the speed of Metronome according to a value chosen by the user. Useful for studying difficult passages, starting slowly and gradually reaching higher speeds.

Site: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~ronfleckner/metronome/
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