Panic has released a new OS X-compatible version of its popular digital music playing and recording software, Audion. The new version, Audion 2.1pr3, is ready for download from Panic’s Web site now.
Like Apple’s free iTunes software, Panic’s US$20 Audion software can be used both to play and encode MP3 audio files. The software also sports visualizers and other functions similar to iTunes. But there the comparisons end — Audion features a wide range of functionality you won’t find in iTunes or many other Mac MP3 software, for that matter — including support for more than 500 faces, or skins; support for different encoding schemes like Fraunhofer, LAME, AIFF, and OGG Vorbis; real-time DJ-style crossfading; Karaoke mode; a waveform-based editor, built-in equalizer, and much more.
Version 2.1pr3, which is specifically for Mac OS X, fixes a “scrambled audio” bug that could cause garbled audio under heavy processor load. The software also now sports greater Aqua interface compliance, as well.
Download Audion 2.1pr3