Don't-Miss Music & audio software Stories
Make your Mac a drum machine with DM1.
Use hand gestures to control iTunes.
If you often use your Mac's mic, Push to Talk is a helpful little utility for you.
To help organize your videos, IDentify helps fill in missing metadata.
StoryPress is a fun, easy way to start telling and collecting the real-life stories that mean the most to you.
Apple's latest version of the venerable digital audio workstation, Logic Pro, adds a new, easier-to-use interface; Smart Controls; bass rigs; retro synths; and a free iPad controller app to the mix. We're impressed.
Adobe's audio editor, Audition CC, offers compelling new features making it a worthy update, but it should not be tied to Creative Cloud's subscription model.
If you listen to podcasts, Instacast belongs on your Mac, particularly if you find yourself switching between devices when you're on the go.
Delicious Library 3 makes a real attempt to keep up with the digital nature of today’s bookshelves, but it’s not quite all the way there. The app’s still worth buying, though, if the vast majority of your media collection remains in physical items like books, albums, and DVDs.
MuLab offers all the audio and MIDI recording features the average musician needs, and few that they don't. Power without stressful visual overload (and they said it couldn't be done).
Public Radio Player is one of the best aggregators of public radio content in the land—with more than 500 stations available for live streaming and more than 1,000 listen-on-demand programs—and the app keeps adding features to make it ever more useful.
If you use a variety of audio and video apps, you'll likely find Shush to be a nifty app. It gives you a systemwide mute control, making it quick and easy to mute your microphone, no matter which app you're currently using.
The third version of Apple's iTunes and Apple TV controller may be the nicest yet, thanks to interface improvements and support for new iTunes 11 features.
iTunes 11 brings cool new features such as Up Next, a refreshed interface, and an improved MiniPlayer. But longtime users may find the changes (and some omissions) a bit disconcerting.
Today's Mac Gems review covers two simple add-ons for iTunes. One is an update to a previous Gem, and the other is new for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).