I'm working with single cycle waveforms which don't seem to work with Preview. The stop/start is done before audio is produced. I'd like a tool that offers an improvement on the native playback. Anything out there? I'm familiar with Iced Audio Audiofinder but that is a bit excessive for my needs.

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    By "Preview", do you mean QuickLook? The Preview app doesn't read audio files.
    – NReilingh
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 5:43
  • Yes! For some reason I've always thought Preview was at the heart of it of the rendering. My error.
    – syncr
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 14:35
  • My use of 'Preview' instead of the proper feature name 'Quicklook' may have suggested I was looking for a stand alone app. I think what I need is actually a Quicklook plugin which supports audio looping. I don't want to have to launch an app to preview loops if possible.
    – syncr
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 14:52
  • One of the reasons I suggest QuickTime is because it's a very lightweight app, and audio files will open very quickly if the app is already open.
    – NReilingh
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 15:00
  • Understood, and yet I have thousands of these waveforms and using the finder+spacebar(quicklook)+down-arrow behavior which I've used traditionally for listening to mp3s/aiff/wav, reading files, etc, is great. If I wanted to open an App I would use AudioFinder which is a far more comprehensive utility for managing large numbers of files.
    – syncr
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 19:06

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For simple, reliable audio playback, I actually still use QuickTime.

If you don't like QuickTime X that is included on all new Macs (and I don't), you can still get QuickTime 7, which also has available some very worthy "Pro" functions, for a $30 activation key. Looping should work without Pro.

QuickTime Pro 7 is still highly useful to me even after all these years--the reason it is still around is because QuickTime X was a complete rewrite that matched with Apple's new style for its media applications, but it did not contain all of the features that are present in QuickTime 7.


For looping, I would use Logic if you have it. if not, Garageband will do the job.

For simple audio playback there is always iTunes and a host of alternatives, such as these listed here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/539740/mac-os-x-music-players-alternatives-to-itunes.

  • Why the downvote?
    – Robert
    Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 10:25
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    Garageband doesn't allow you to preview audio files that aren't Apple Loops. Logic9 doesn't offer a single-cycle preview. Instead, you have to import single-cycle samples into a project's bin, and then you can play them. The list of music players you linked covers players intended for listening to full tracks, not extremely short single-cycle loops. Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 1:10

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