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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2013
Mac users like me who want to convert their old vinyl records to CD and the like have been crying out for Magix to produce a compatible version of their excellent Audio Cleaning Lab. The best Mac alternative to my mind is VinylStudio which is OK but not in the same league as the PC version of Audio Cleaning Lab. Sadly, although this new Mac version has many of the features of its PC cousin is lacks in two significant areas.

Firstly, there is no option to monitor your recordings whilst transferring them to the software! So if you're transferring vinyl and you get a skip, you won't know until you stop recording (usually at the end of each side!) Whoever took that decision is depriving a village of an idiot! Even the most basic audio cleaning software like PolderBits has this facility.

Secondly, when using the spectral cleaner option to try and repair particularly noisy sections, even with an iMac with 8GB RAM and a 3.2 GHz processor, it takes an age to process the repair, much longer than the PC versions - likewise the export option once you've finished takes much longer to export to .wav that the PC software.

I dare say all these issues will be addressed with the next version, but I don't really wish to part with another thirty quid just for the basic requirement of monitoring the recordings as they happen. What I now end up doing is using VinylStudio to monitor and then transfer the file to ACP to clean it up! Rather defeats the object...

Having said all that, there's no denying that once you learn how to use the various options it turns most vinyl recordings which aren't overly crackly and noisy to start with sounding excellent, with numerous options to get the best sound out of your records and tapes.

As the title says though, this could and should have been so much better....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2013
I have used Magix's older product Audio Cleaning Lab for Windows for years, and thought it the best software I had ever bought. I thought that this Mac package would be as good but, while retaining the ease of editing of the earlier product, it is not so easy to use and is unreliable. In particular, it often records a session with distortion artefacts but might then re-record perfectly. I have been unable to eliminate this behaviour. It is, therefore quite frustrating to use. Adjustment of the input level is buried in the sound card settings and, as another reviewer pointed out, there is no monitor facility. Disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2013
Having installed and uninstalled this at least five times I still cannot get this software to produce a satisfactory final mp3 file. Even using a pre recorded piece of music the initial layback is dreadful, the final result after "cleaning" is appalling. I have found no way to contact Magix by telephone, and to try to explain the problem by email is too daunting. The software is now consigned to the bookshelf and the wasted £29.99 is put down to experience.
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on 23 January 2014
I have waited years for this excellent product to become available for Mac computers, and can at last ditch my old PC, which I have only kept going for the last eight years so that I can use Magix Audio Cleaner Pro on it. For anyone who is not a sound engineer, this product is the perfect package, and can transform just about any recording. I have only given four stars because, when installed, the facility for recording live music streaming online is not there. I tried for hours to record something from the BBC Radio Player. It CAN be done, but first you have to download software called Soundflower and then set your system audio output to Soundflower (16ch.). You can then record from the radio, but without being able to hear, or monitor, what you are recording. It sounds a bit difficult and protracted but it isn't really, and once you get the hang of it, you can record just about anything.
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on 28 April 2014
This is the Mac version but cannot get sound to play when recording through my iMac. Otherwise it is as good as the PC version. I am new to the Mac so it may well just be something I am doing (or not!) and need to adjust settings but have tried the ones I know about to no avail
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on 29 December 2014
Does what it claims and suits my purpose. On balance, I think it was easier to use on a PC than on a Mac, but then I am not an expert.
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on 27 February 2015
Unable to Burn CD after cleaning, contacted company who admitted a problem with this.
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