The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor.... Audacity.

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The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor.... Audacity.

Post by Bluefront » Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:36 am

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Anybody tried this program? It cleans up noise from recordings made from vinyl records and other media. I've got a bunch of old 45s I'd like to make into MP3s.....this might clean up the noise. Interesting and free.

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Post by nightmorph » Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:31 am

Yeah, I tried building it from source some time ago. Gave me some compile problems, so I ended up abandoning it. But, it's since matured rapidly, and is actually included by default in such professional Linux distributions such as 64 Studio, and a few other specialty multimedia production distros. Most every Linux distro out there has it available for installation.

I suppose my problems with it were simply the results of early adoption, and the fact that the ebuilds for it hadn't made it into the Portage tree. Also, it has some really crappy dependencies in Linux (wxWidgets are a PITA!), especially since it can't handle unicode whatsoever. But, Windows users won't be affected by all that. ;)

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Post by Reachable » Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:30 pm

Very popular program. No experience with it (to speak of), but I've run across recommendations of it often.

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Post by BillyBuerger » Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:43 pm

I use it in Windows all the time. I use it for recording from tapes or just general sound editing. Haven't had any major issues with it. Kinda wish the fade in/out could be set to fade to a certain level as opposed to just 0db. But that's a minor thing.

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Post by NeilBlanchard » Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:43 pm


I use it a fair bit, in Windows. It is fine; I just wish it could rip CD tracks, but it cannot AFAICT.

I like the 96kHz/32bit float sound quality.

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Post by Devonavar » Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:42 pm

I've used it professionally to record conferences, and it has served me well. It's no pro tools, but it was more stable (and much cheaper) than Peak DV, which we were using before.

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Post by mcgerard » Tue Dec 19, 2006 3:30 pm

I used it make recordings from a microphone and then used the noise reduction feature to get rid of background noise - mainly from my currently noisy PC :!: It worked fine.

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