-=PCTechTalk=- Re: audacity program question, recording from tape to computer

  • From: "cristy" <poppy0206@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 01:13:55 -0400

Hi Gman,

Still trying to digest this email.  A bit sleepy.  I have been in the 
"editing room for about two hours now ..learning as I go.  I have been 
playing with "normalize effect", generating silences, the remove click did 
not seem well, generate silence is pretty good, and used fade outs.  I added 
a few labels, but could not move them when one was placed wrong, had to 
delete the whole label track and start over but only had a few labels at 
that point.  I am going to keep going then try to see if I can save them in 
a way they all will be saved as individual song wav files?? if I can do 
this.

thanks


Christine
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gman" <gman.pctt@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:00 AM
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: audacity program question, recording from tape 
to computer


It's not hard to create seamless gaps so that each song or section can have
its own track number.  When played one right after the other, they would
blend together as if there's no gap (since there isn't one), but you would
still be able to select the track number and have the player start at the
beginning of the desired song.  The problem with trying to automate it comes
in where you have a long file with no silences, such as what you experience
with your live performance tapes.  The automated utilities (built into the
editor or separate) look for silences and then place their markers in the
middle of those (and then let you edit them in case they got something
wrong).  However, if there are no silences (such as a live performance),
these utilities are basically worthless.

Your best bet then would be to use your eyes and learn to recognize patterns
in the waveforms in front of you.  Study places where there is no music
(only audience sounds) and then use that knowledge to quickly run through an
entire tape's waveform looking for them.  It'll take some practice, but
you'll get quite good at seeing them before you even try listening to them
to make sure you're right.  Since the entire waveform will be laid out on a
timeline, you can simply jot down the time locations for the breaks you find
and break them up manually when you're finished editing the entire file.  As
you "Save As" each piece (song) as its own separate WAV file, name it by
starting with the track number it will represent (i.e. 1-My Dog Died, 2-My
Wife Left Me, 3-My Kids Don't Listen To Me Anymore, etc.)  When you're ready
to burn the project, go into the settings for whatever burning program you
choose to use and tell it to leave 0 seconds between tracks.  Then, load
each track in order of the numbers and let 'er burn.  You'll end up with
everything you want.  Seamless live performance when played from first to
last song, and the ability to jump to the beginning of any song you wish to
isolate.             ;O)

Peace,
G

"The only dumb questions are the ones that are never asked"

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "cristy" <poppy0206@xxxxxxx>
To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:25 PM
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: audacity program question, recording from tape
to computer


> Hi Gman,
>
> The pics are uploaded now.  I was just wanting to give view a quick view
> of
> some of what I had been looking at.  The drop down menu on the left panel
> was messing with my head alot.  I also snapped a dropdown menu from
> preferences, just three basic shots.
>
> I am feeling a bit more comfortable that I have found so much info
> (tutorials) and all for the program.  I even found a manual that I
> downloaded and would send you a copy if you like.  It is a .pdf file.
>
> I had a question in my mind today about how to cut up my long file easily
> if
> I did not need to rework each song separately and stumbled onto a question
> in a forum of a girl with the same question..seems there could be a way.
> If
> you like I can send her question, I think I found a possible answer for
> her
> in my searching on google.
>
> "have a fairly big project --- transferring music on audio tapes to
> CDs.Ideally I hope to get CDs which give user control to access any audio
> track on the CD rather than have one large recording for each side of an
> audio tape and have to search around
>
> I have discovered the multiple save feature which gives separate tracks
> (and
> auto naming -- track 1, track2, etc) which is going to help a lot BUT to
> use
> this I first need to set up the label markers , at the points where one
> audio tape track moves to next one. With lots of tapes this is going to be
> time consuming .
>
> Any one know if it can be automated ?"
>
> Thanks
>
>
>
>
> "The key issue for me is dividing up the larger edited file into separate
> tracks for burning. I'm a complete novce in using Audacity but I thought
> there might be a quick way of detecting where the spaces between tracks
> are
> located and insert a marker at that point and then use multiple save to
> provide automatic separation and naming .I would still like to know if
> this
> is possible or impossible (in which case I'll have to proceed manually)"
>
>
>
> http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Splitting_recordings_into_separate_tracks#Gapless_burning
>
>
>
>
>
> Above is a link I found that could be helpful for this.
>
> Christine


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