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Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro 2.1

This is the modern world. By the time you read this review, Syntrillium’s multi-track recording software, Cool Edit Pro 2.1, could already be version 2.2, and I might have upgraded without ever having left home. That’s because, like Windows XP, Cool Edit Pro urges you to get online and check for product updates and add-ons at Syntrillium’s Web site. It’s a neat feature, even though it appears updates aren’t all that frequent and that this feature stands in direct conflict with an unwritten rule of computer-based recording: Keep your studio machine off the Internet. Still, it’s a nice feature in an audio-editing software program already loaded with plenty of them.

If you’re familiar with multitracking software applications, from the famous Pro Tools to the not-as-famous Vegas, you know that each works pretty much the same way: You send a signal (or signals) to the computer’s sound card, which turns it into a .WAV file (usually) and stacks a visual representation of it on top of the others you’ve recorded.

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