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O'Reilly Network: Developing and Using Snd: Editing Sound Under Linux, Part One

Oct 07, 2001, 12:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)
"As Linux grows in popularity among artists working in media such as audio/video and animation, we can expect to see more interest in the system's audio capabilities and its available sound and music software. Sound workers migrating from Windows or the Mac will look for tools similar to what they have enjoyed using on their previous platforms, and one of their most frequently asked questions is "What Linux audio editor will most completely take the place of Cool Edit?".

Cool Edit is perhaps the most popular sound file editor available for the Windows OS family. It has been in continuous development for more than 10 years: Programmer David Johnston originally wrote Cool Edit as shareware for Windows 3.1, and in 1995 the Syntrillium corporation began managing the commercial development of the program (the company still maintains and distributes the shareware version available on the Internet).

For various reasons, it has been rather difficult to advise Cool Edit users on a Linux equivalent. While there are many sound file editors available for Linux none are up to Cool Edit's standard, particularly with regards to transparency and ease of use. In response to this challenge, I decided to work on extending and enhancing Snd, a powerful audio editor for Linux and other Unix platforms."

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