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ProAction pumps life into AudioWorks

By Chris Williams. Published: 20th Sep 2003, 18:55:33 | Permalink | Printable

Computer Concepts' audio editing software re-released

As part of their on going crusade to rescue legacy software, APDL/ProAction have this week taken over AudioWorks from its previous owner, Computer Concepts. AudioWorks is described by ProAction as a "complete suite of sound editing functions in one easy to use, low cost, application" and supports Amiga IFF, Armadeus, DataVox, Microsoft Wave, Creative Voice file, Acorn Replay Movies, Digital Symphony, EMR Sound Synth and other audio file types. It can also sample from suitable sound cards and includes a utility to attach sounds to desktop events.

For AudioWorks users, we recommend this sound for your desktop startup.

Ovation 1.50 SE, an 'entry level' DTP package, is also now available on CD in 26/32bit neutral form with the usual bundle of tutorials, fonts and clipart.

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Does this mean that we can expect it to be extended, like the DataPower and ArtWorks packages have been ? Some of its limitations are... uh... quite limiting for modern sound manipulation.

Or is this likely to be a case of merely rebundling old software ?

AudioWorks was good for its time, but it's quite outdated now.

 is a RISC OS UserGerph on 20/9/03 7:15PM
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Possible extensions: * MP3 and ogg import/export. * Hotlinking from other packages (External Edit, OLE)

Fixes: * Standard buttons on dialogue windows, and some minor style guide issues. * Support for long filenames. * Ability to use DA for larger samples. * Use of Choices rather than application storage.

Some of these might be addressed in versions of the software since the one I have (1.47 Apr 15 1994).

However, at 15 quid I'm not complaining that much ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserGerph on 20/9/03 7:25PM
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Would this let me chop up a 600MB wave file? -- Jess

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 21/9/03 2:29PM
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jess> Nope, but ProSound/StudioSound will. They're far far beter, and freeware now: [link]

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 21/9/03 2:51PM
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imj> I agree, they're good products. I bought them a couple of years ago.

It is unfortunate, but I find that ProSound and StudioSound are too unreliable for serious use and often crash on me with no warning.

As the author states on his page, there is no support offered for these products at all. It is a shame that they're not still being developed.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 21/9/03 4:34PM
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Unstable? News to me. I've been using ProSound for years without issue. Maybe it's the soundcard driver you're using? Most stuff I did was on Eagle or Lark.

Considering that it's a BASIC program, it should be resonably trivial to sort out any problems you've got. :)

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 21/9/03 5:03PM
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Jonix bought your eagle card off me, perhaps he can try that now ;)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 21/9/03 7:35PM
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*YAY*!! Nice to see some development in the sound of things. It's very annoying having to use PC every time I want to do some sound work.

Is it possible to write drivers for PC sound cards and shove them into an Iyonix (or a RPC with the new PCI adapter)? The current chipsets (even the new Iyonix ones) are pretty limited for professional use. It would be great to be able to get a 24-bit card (ie LynxTwo, SB Audigy) for a RO machine - the new generation sound cards are the standard these days.

 is a RISC OS Usertimephoenix on 22/9/03 10:26AM
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gerph : from what I can gather from talking to Dave Bradforth, it doesn't look like they have a source release, so any fixes will purely be (as with EasyC++) hacks. I think there is more chance with Rhapsody 4 than AudioWorks of adding Ogg support and the other things you've mentioned.

Pity, but there you go.

 is a RISC OS UserNodoid on 28/9/03 12:57PM
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Or someone could write AudioFS to match ImageFS, probably technically impossible, though that doesn't always stop RISC OS programmers.

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 28/9/03 9:45PM
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oh my... an article on audioworks, time for me have my say.

It is a great app, but must be updated for modern file formats 24/32 bits audio and must be able to cope with large CD or better quality samples at a reasonable speed. Multitrack editing (more than 2) and time stretching would also be very welcome.

The envelope function has always been classy and very practical.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 1/2/05 2:07AM
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Excuse bumping such an old story, but I'm considering buying this package to use in short film editing in collaboration with VideoDesk. Can anyone give me an idea of the most important drawback in some more detail?

Thanks.

 is a RISC OS UserMonty on 10/6/09 10:31PM
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My specific needs are as follows; The ability to change...

...tempo

...pitch

...bass/treble

...speed

...noise

...echo

...reverse.

I also wonder whether these features are present in ProSound?

 is a RISC OS UserMonty on 10/6/09 10:46PM
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Dear Monty I bought AudioWorks at Wakefield and was very disappointed with it becasue it will only load 90 seconds of audio at CD quality, even when you've got a huge amount of RAM. Save yourself the £15 and download SampleEd from the Really Good SOftware website. Jon Robinson (Leeds)

 is a RISC OS UserJon on 15/6/09 7:17PM
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Thanks Jon

 is a RISC OS UserMonty on 15/6/09 11:08PM
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