Fission is a streamlined audio editor that allows you to edit files in MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless and AIFF with no re-encoding, so your audio stays crisp and sharp. It’s got a bunch of other cool features too. My thoughts after a hands-on with Fission after the jump.
With more and more people these days producing podcasts, the audio market has exploded. Apps have been popping up all over the place to cash in on “Podcast Phever”, but none of them have had much finesse. One bright spot, however is Rogue Amoeba. Their applications have, in the past, been graceful and easy to use, and Fission is no exception.
Fission provides a much needed competitor to FreeVerse’s Sound Studio 3, which has for a long time totally cornered the market for sound edit editing on a budget. Fission is an impressive rookie: it feels very Mac OS X-like, while Sound Studio is showing its aging Carbon roots.
Bright colors and bold lines dominate Fisson’s simple interface. All the major options are right there on the toolbar, and the menus are short and sweet. Fission does skimp a little on the features — it’s missing things like repeat playback mode, clip selection, and some options for durations on fade-ins and fade-outs, but it’s only a 1.0 app, and seems like it has plenty of room to grow.
So far, I seem to be only heaping the praise on RA and Fission. There is, as always, a bit of a catch: Until you register Fission, the quality of the audio you save is intentionally degraded, killing one of the major bullet points on their feature page — lossless editing. “Paying for software isn’t so bad,” you might say, but here’s the deal: Fission costs $32.
Now, if you already own Audio Hijack Pro, you can score it for only $18, which is a much more reasonable price. To me, at least, it doesn’t seem worth $32. There just aren’t 3,200 pennies worth of features in this app. I know that if I’m going to shell out that many clams, I’d like to get a little bit more. Fission is a great app, but I don’t think it’s a good value… yet.
Fission is a great 1.0 app, and I know that with feedback and hard work, it can continue to improve. However, I would recommend holding off on registering until it gets more features. If you plan on purchasing Audio Hijack Pro, though, Fission is a great buy.
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