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Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro 1.1
This article is out of date.
Not only has Cool Edit Pro
reached version 2.0 but Syntrillium Software was purchased by Adobe. It will be
interesting to see what Adobe has in mind for the future of Cool Edit Pro.
Having spent some time with Cool Edit Pro 2.0 I can tell you that the
improvements over 1.1 are vast and impressive. It is an awesome product as it
is. I can't image Adobe taking it anywhere but forward. I am currently planning
to post an updated review based on the next Adobe version of the product
whenever it is released.
Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro is a digital audio editor that is very easy to
use but packs a huge set of features including multi-track mixing, conversion to and from
nearly every audio format, a large variety of processors all with lots of parameters
and a good help file that suggests the best settings. Since the first day I started using
Cool Edit (I think it was version 1.33 for Windows 3.1) I have found nearly every function
to be completely obvious. That is much more than I can say for many of its competitors.
Cool Edit Pro has a street price of about $300. I have also rarely had a crash in Cool
Edit which is a rare and precious thing to find in any software that deals with sound
I have found Cool's spectral view to be extremely helpful. Unlike other
spectral views that give you a 3D view like a mountain range and are difficult to use (the
mountains block each other) the spectral view in Cool is two dimensional and replaces the
normal editing window. This means you can make crucial editing decisions from what you
learn directly in the spectral view. I have used screen captures of the spectral view
quite often during beta testing other software when I am trying to show exactly what is
wrong with a sound. I have also been able to use it for analyzing sounds that I was trying
You can link to Syntrillium's web site at http://www.Syntrillium.com