DAW: XO Audio - XO Wave 1.0 / Linux / Mac / Pro / Free

XO Audio launches XO Wave 1.0. XO Wave is a digital audio workstation for Linux and Mac with a focus on CD Mastering and audio for video work.

Some of the features:

  • Red Book CD Mastering: CD Mastering is easy -- just mark your tracks, create a master and burn! You can even create a session from an iTunes playlist or other files on your system, and have XO Wave set the levels and create track markers for you automatically. With support for CD Text, ISRC, and MCN/UPC sub-code data, you've got everything you need for your next commercial CD release.
  • Video Support: XO Wave supports syncing to and encoding in any QuickTime video format, making it great for a variety of projects -- from pure music, to audio for video work, to podcasting, and even video podcasting (vodcasting)! There's even a dedicated menu option for creating iPod video files.
  • Multi-Track Recording: XO Wave supports multi-track recording and editing -- great for recording songs with the whole band, doing multiple takes, and more.
  • Real-Time Cross Fades: Unlike some other workstations, cross fades are calculated in real time, meaning no truncation or round-off noise and faster editing -- especially on the long fades.
  • Unlimited Effects, Tracks, Undos: Still using an editor with only one level of Undo? Just 8 tracks? Get XO Wave! By default, XO Wave gives you 25 levels of Undo; if that isn't enough you can raise it to 'unlimited'.
  • Built-In Effects and Audio Units: XO Wave has great built-in effects, including a compressor, reverb, and EQ; XO Wave Pro also support most Audio Units for unlimited expansion. Automation is available on most effects' built-in parameters and on all Audio Unit parameters that support it.
  • Edit while XO Wave works: With XO Wave's "Offline Operations" feature, you can keep working on your session while XO Wave imports, exports, and burns CDs in the background. No more waiting for a file format conversion or CD burn to finish!
  • Edit Softening: XO Wave automatically removes those annoying pops and ticks that occur at edit points.
  • Double-Precision Math: Internal calculations are made using at least 64-bit double-precision math. What does that mean? It means better sound than the 32-bit workstation you're using now. What's more, all lower-precision output is properly dithered.
  • Intuitive, Non-destructive Interface: XO Wave is easy to use and you're never at risk of deleting a recording by editing over it -- so you're always free to experiment.
  • Versioning: Versions let you save a session as it was at a particular time -- great for experimenting without worrying if you'll be able to get back to the way it was before.

XO Wave is available as a free download for both Mac OS X and Linux. For $95, Mac users can upgrade to XO Wave Pro, and gain features such as QuickTime export, Audio Unit support, full-speed CD burns, and a 64-bit audio engine


"XO Wave has been designed to be easy to use, and many of its features should be familiar to anyone who has worked in a professional audio studio, or just picked up a microphone. Plus, the XO Wave site has loads of tips and tricks for people just getting started." Via