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Cool Record Edit Pro

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Cool Record Edit Pro

Audacity

Unfortunately, that's the only area in which Cool Recorder Edit Pro bests Audacity. I found the text-to-speech-to-file (save is disabled in the demo), merge file, batch convert (wave, MP3, Ogg, and WMA), and record Internet radio functions very useful, but sadly the FX and audio processing didn't always work very well. The phaser resulted in an odd echo effect and noise reduction is primitive at best. Effective noise reduction requires sampling a passage that's predominately noise, then using it to create a noise "profile" that may be applied to the main material. CREP offers only a few presets that were moderately effective for simple hiss, but useless in reducing the clicks, pops, and other midrange garbage found in my project of restoring 78s.

I really do like Cool Recorder Edit Pro's main interface (the FX dialogs don't carry forward the theme). It's a gem and the program looks promising. A Deluxe version that adds CD burning and ripping is also available. But until the company gets its FX and noise reduction act together, you're better off (and richer) with Audacity.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Cool Record Edit Pro

  
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