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Editing software * HELP*

John MacKenzie 06 Apr 13 - 06:33 AM
Stanron 06 Apr 13 - 07:17 AM
Bonzo3legs 06 Apr 13 - 07:31 AM
John MacKenzie 06 Apr 13 - 08:17 AM
Jim Carroll 06 Apr 13 - 08:24 AM
Maryrrf 06 Apr 13 - 08:53 AM
treewind 06 Apr 13 - 09:42 AM
Bill D 06 Apr 13 - 10:51 AM
Bill D 06 Apr 13 - 10:59 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 06 Apr 13 - 11:18 AM
wordfella 06 Apr 13 - 11:21 AM
SteveMansfield 06 Apr 13 - 02:44 PM
wordfella 06 Apr 13 - 04:10 PM
Rog Peek 06 Apr 13 - 04:50 PM
Bill D 07 Apr 13 - 11:43 AM
John MacKenzie 08 Apr 13 - 03:55 AM
John MacKenzie 08 Apr 13 - 05:39 AM
Stanron 08 Apr 13 - 08:48 AM
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Subject: Editing software * HELP*
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 06:33 AM

I bought a Zoom H4n, and it came with a trial copy of Cubase LE6, which I found complicated, so I uninstalled it. I have Audacity, but find that a bit, non intuitive to use.
Which system is user friendly, gives good results, and doesn't cost the earth?


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Stanron
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 07:17 AM

I bought a version of Wavelab for less than £100. There are student versions that don't cost the earth. I have used Audacity but I'd used Wavelab before and am used to it.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 07:31 AM

Try to find Adobe Audition 1.5, it's old but very easy to use. You may even find a free download with 30 day trial killer!


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 08:17 AM

DON'T download Music Editor Free. It just wiped my Firefox starting pages, and substituted it's own, changed my search Engine from Norton to Bing, and added an unwanted toolbar. Even though I have uninstalled it, it still comes up when I open a new blank page.
Totally criminal behaviour.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 08:24 AM

Second Bozo's Adobe Audition 1.5 - have digitised and edited thousands of tapes and albums it does everything I want it to - wouldn't use anything else.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Maryrrf
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 08:53 AM

Glad I'm not the only one who found Cubase to be a PITA. I still use Audacity for want of a better option, and because it's free. Oh well I shouldn't complain - free is good and Audacity does a lot.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: treewind
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 09:42 AM

Ardour is excellent, now of quite professional quality, and free, but only runs on Linux.
Reaper comes highly recommended (by others, I've never used it) for Windows. Not free, but you get a free demo (fully functional, time limited 60 days) and it's not expensive to buy if you want to keep using it. ($60 for non-commercial individual use or very small business)
Both are designed as multitrack mixers, but they'll be far better than Audacity for editing simple stereo recordings.

Harrison Mixbus is a way of getting a version of Ardour for Windows, but not so cheap.

I wouldn't say any of them is simple to use. They are necessarily complicated packages because they are designed to tackle a wide range of tasks.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 10:51 AM

One possibility is Wavepad

There is a free version (hard to find at the main site) that can be played with to see if you want the full version. (I have it, but haven't had time to look at it much yet.)

Free version listed at many places... I just verified that one.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 10:59 AM

I did just open one file in Wavepad and the basic interface and tools look quite promising.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 11:18 AM

I would have thought that if John found Audacity and Cubase non-intuitive, he would probably not want to use Ardour (or any of the other DAWs). Sounds like he wants a simple audio editor (though they are mostly similar in operation).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: wordfella
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 11:21 AM

I've been using Audition 1.5 since it was called CoolEdit, before Adobe bought it. I also have 3.0 and 5.5, which are progressively more complex.

The computer with 1.5 is WinXP, and everything works. There are issues when 1.5 is paired with Win7, though, and Adobe no longer supports 1.5 at all, just as Microsoft has dropped support for XP.

A problem I face as a book narrator is that ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) won't accept the Fraunhofer Mp3's created by Audition 1.5. ACX, for some reason, requires us to record the chapters as wav files, then convert to Mp3. I've been recording on 1.5, then going to 5.5 for conversions.

My new killer souped -up studio computer is sitting in a box, waiting for me to finish a current project before all the connecting and installing begins. (The adage about horses and streams applies here.)

So it will be farewell Audition 1.5, which is an outstanding program that got left behind by two corporations out-tweaking each other.

NOTE: Audition as a brand is being dumped. You can get fully-featured 3.0 free. Just Google some keywords...


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 02:44 PM

I've not tried it because I've got a later version of Audition - but have you tried running Audition 1.5 in XP compatibility mode?

Right-click the icon and select compatibility mode.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: wordfella
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 04:10 PM

I'll have to reinstall it first...


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Rog Peek
Date: 06 Apr 13 - 04:50 PM

I've been using Goldwave for 12 years, paid 55 canadian dollars and have recieved updates ever since without further charge. You can download to try, I think the only restrictions are repeated requests to purchase a licence. Whether it's easy to use, it's hard to say - I suppose it's what you get used to.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Bill D
Date: 07 Apr 13 - 11:43 AM

One more free one- (post copied from alt.comp.freeware)

WaveShop v1.0.04.006

WaveShop is a free, open-source audio editor for Windows XP/Vista/7. WaveShop is fast, lightweight, and bit-perfect,
meaning samples aren't altered unless they need to be. Editing a portion of an audio file only affects that portion; the
rest of the file is untouched. Blocks of audio can be cut and pasted without changing their contents at all ......


What's New:

Static and Real-Time Frequency Spectrum Analysis.

----------------

Static Analyzer: -> Audio/Spectrum

Screenshot:
http://waveshop.sourceforge.net/images/screenshots-xp/waveshop-audio-spectrum.gif

Real-Time Analyzer: -> View/More Bars/Spectrum

Screenshot:
http://whorld.org/waveshop/waveshop-RTSA.gif

Both have extensive configuration; with the Real-Time Analyzer supporting multiple plot styles, averaging, peak
hold/decay, etc.

----------------

The relentless development of this nice audio editor continues.

Home page:
ttp://waveshop.sourceforge.net

Installer and Portable versions - 32 and 64-bit:
http://waveshop.sourceforge.net/download.html

Screenshots:
http://waveshop.sourceforge.net/screenshots.html

Complete file format list:
http://waveshop.sourceforge.net/Help/Loose_ends/File_formats.htm

Release Notes:
http://waveshop.sourceforge.net/relnotes.html


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Apr 13 - 03:55 AM

I have found a piece on YouTube on how to crack the time limit on Audition 3, but it makes no sense to me!


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Apr 13 - 05:39 AM

I found This. It supplies a serial number.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Stanron
Date: 08 Apr 13 - 08:48 AM

I've just downloaded WaveShop from the link above. It was a quick hassle free download. I found an mp3 file and was able to edit it without any bother.

When I edit the minimum I want to do is chop the unwanted bits from the beginning and end, fade in and out and set the overall level or normalise the track.

I can do all of this easily on this program. It saved the mp3 and also converted it to wav and was prepared to recognise a wide range of recording formats. If this is the sort of thing you want to do then this program can do it.


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 08 Apr 13 - 08:58 AM

I use Goldwave for editing material from a Zoom H2; which cost about £20 many years ago and consider it very good value. I think it's like Audacity but I've always found it intuitive.

I've struggled with Cubase LE5, even after buying the 'Idiots Guide to Cubase', though it's good for recording directly in comparison to the Fostex VF80 I was using but which left me stuck with a problem of transfering recordings to a computer (other than via in analogue format).


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Subject: RE: Editing software * HELP*
From: Nick
Date: 08 Apr 13 - 10:17 AM

I like Reaper and have used it for various things for years.

Once you get the hang of it it's easy. Download (it's free to play and pratice with) and have a go.

All you would have to do is to drag or add the media file in. It then depends what you want to do with it. It comes with lots of buolt in filters etc to clean up sound. You can Normalise the sound up to levels.

The manual is ummm... comprehensive as it is a full blown DAW.

it depends what you want to do.

I used to take it to gigs and have a load of reasonable sounding tracks same evening once I got in the swing of it.

It was pretty much -
1 Take out memory card and download file to machine
2 Open Reaper and Import file
3 Right click on it and normalise the sound
4 Break it into chunks of what I wanted
5 Apply filters
6 Export as mp3s

If you are interested I could show you.


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