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Audio Editing Speed Test: A Head-to-Head NLE Comparison

Danny Greer

SpeakersNeed to speed up or slow down your audio in post?  Video editor and Vimeo user Brooks Tomlinson recently conducted a test to see which video or editing application is best at modifying the speed of audio.  Final Cut Pro X has been lauded by some as doing a fine job at preserving audio pitch and quality when applying speed changes, but Brooks wasn’t so sure.  So, he took a short piece of narration and ran it through different non-linear video and audio editing applications, applying a 105%, 125% and 95% speed change.

The test applications included:

  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro
  • Autodesk Smoke 2013
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
  • Adobe Audition CS6
  • Avid DS 8.4

Click the video below to hear the differences in audio quality as each application processes the speed changes.   Discover which application provides the highest quality (hint: you get what you pay for!)

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