Bull by the horns

14 years. That’s how long I’ve been waiting – how long we’ve all been waiting, for a credible audio recorder/editor for BeOS, now Haiku. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s just the way things have turned out. We saw the promise of big name editors like BIAS Peak, Cubase, and Nuendo. We’ve seen the start of some promising smaller projects, like SampleStudio (and the derivative “BeAE”), and some legacy projects dating back to almost the mid-90s like BamBam. Like others, I have seen my hopes rise and fall, over and over again. TuneTracker Systems made a whack at it by obtaining the source code to SampleStudio, which seemed to hold promise, but has since shelved the project because the original code base was kind of a tangled mess.


So, where does that leave us? Out in the cold, at least for now. Another mothballed project called variously “Titan” or “Hyperion,” is apparently open-sourced at this point, so there’s the potential that it could be revived and made to function under Haiku. If it were, I would hope it could be reduced to a single window interface instead of its current blizzard of separate windows. And there are, of course, open source projects available to potentially port over, like the venerable “Audacity” editor.

Let’s not be victims of circumstances any longer. Let’s take the bull by the horns and make something happen! What I’m hoping is that we as a community of audio-loving Haiku fans, can begin brainstorming: collaborating about needs, sharing ideas, evaluating options, pooling resources. Let’s generate some positive energy and do whatever it takes to make this happen.

Let the discussion begin!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. AGMS
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 21:02:44

    My favorites through the years have been A-Sound Elite on the Amiga, and Cool Edit 2000 on the PC (which was bought out by Adobe and renamed Audition). For BeOS, it’s simple SoundRecorder, with a bit of “Hey” scripting to automate the button pushing.


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