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Normalising volume across thousands of files

For a project I'm working on, I need to produce approx 5000 voice-only recordings of approx 15 seconds each (typically each file is a couple of short sentences spoken aloud). I've approached this as ...
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How fast are you editing an Audiobook?

I just completed editing my first professionally produced audiobook. It was about 130,000 words and I completed the project and submitted it on the deadline at 6 weeks. In my own personal post-mortem ...
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Raw Audio Edit Process

Hey everyone! I've been trying to refine and improve my sound editing process/skills and have been working from Ric Viers 'L-I-S-T-E-N' process from 'The Sound Effects Bible' (pg 187 for those of you ...
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The purpose of Threshold, Knee and ratio in a compressor (discussion)

I would just like a get eveyone's view on the purposes/"what they do" on a compressor. They way I understand it is, the threshold is the dB level that is reached by a signal that causes the knee + ...
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How to amplify a collection of sound files

I have up to 200 audio files which are really short (2,3 seconds maximum) but they need to be amplified. 1) Is there a fast way of amplification for a playlist of sounds? also... 2)Is there a best/...
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Remove drum track from song given the isolated drum track and the song?

I have a song for which I have the song itself, and an isolated drum track from a live performance that fits perfectly in time with the original. Given these 2 things, is there software that can do a ...
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What kind of OMF do I ask for from my Editor?

Hey Everybody, I worked on a feature over the past summer and now its time for me to do post on the film. The editor gave me an OMF but when I went to a buddies house to import it into Pro Tools, ...
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How can I make smooth audio transitions when editing a video?

I have a video that is essentially one person talking, with a crowd of people listening and responding. What I'd like to be able to do is edit out some sections of the speech. I need to do this in my ...
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Why is learning how to use DAWs appear more difficult than Video editing programs?

Between some friends and me, we are finding it evidently more difficult to learn how to use DAWs than to use video editing programs like Sony Vegas and Premier. We are trying Roland CakeWalk Sonar 8, ...
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What effects or alterations should I consider for clarity of audio in my video?

I should start out by saying I know just about nothing about audio. I have Audacity, and I've used it for the most basic things like trimming and combining audio clips. I have a video that consists ...
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In what order do I make edits to audio in a video clip?

I have a video of a live performance that was recorded on three different cameras. One of the cameras captured the audio much better than expected, so that is the main audio track I am choosing to use....
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Weird car actions?

I have cut several road/travel films & docs recently and I am having trouble with a few car actions. 1) Scene - Car INT (driving at highway speed) - We see cars passing slowly outside the car we ...
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Experience on Double MS dialogue editing/mixing?

Has anyone got some experience in Double MS dialogue editing and mixing? I recently finished a short movie in which all the dialogue and sync was recorded in Double MS. I treaded it as if it wasn't ...
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Voiceover editing procedure - tips please.

Hi folks - and Happy New Year! I have been lurking around this fantastic site for a little while, but finally decided to ask a question. I am gaining some freelance experience in the world of sound ...
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What happens when you save a MP3 with a higher quaility?

When a lossy audio track (of unknown quality) is imported into software and and saved as a (possibly) higher quaility after editing, what happens? Obviously I know it can't have any more 'quality' ...
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How to find the playing time (length) of a .acc audio file accurately

I need to accurately find the playing time of .aac files. This time is needed to determine the length of a video cut. This is for a GNU/Linux Bash environment (a windows tool which works in wine ...
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Spotting to timeline with blank regions before recording/editing sfx

Hi all Do you spot what and where to record on the timeline with fake blank regions, and then replace those blank regions while recording (if your recording foley) and with your edited sfx? Or do you ...
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Out of sync singer on a long take: how to save it?

In the movie I just finished, I had to save a long (continuous) take where a popular singer (here in Italy) singed with playback but was out of sync (in a few spots more than half a second). Obviously ...
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Batch processing solution for audio files

I'm looking for a way to batch process large amount of audio files (ogg and wav formats). Ideally, a solution that works from a Windows' command line, allows conversion between formats, allows ...
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Network storage for SFX?

Hi, here's the thing. We've got three editing stations(Mac Pro). At each of them there's a Soundminer V4Pro, we haven't got the server edition. Currenlty our database consists of over 1 TB SFX. They'...
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Decode a-law stereo 8 -bit wav data to 16 bit lienear pcm data

I have this type of file: 8000Hz, 8 bits per sample, 64 Kbps, stereo, A-law wav file. I need to decode the alaw compression to 16 bit pcm linear encoding. I used a lookup table for this from this ...
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DIA Editing At Reel Breaks

Hello everyone. This is the first time that I'm cutting sound on a feature film in a major way, so this the first time I'm really dealing with reel breaks. Generally when I'm cutting DIA, I leave a ...
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Editing/Mastering workflow for a podcast

I'm creating a podcast with two voice tracks and some intro/outro music, and I'm trying to decide on a general workflow for editing and mastering. Specifically, I'm not sure if some of the effects ...
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Questions about Ringtones in film and television

Using the correct ringtone to the correct type of phone (esp. Cellphones) gives credibility. But is it allowed truly? What about copyright and clearance? Next question, I struggle to use the modern ...
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Solution for checking sound levels between recording sessions

We have had problems with a professional recording company that records for us all year long. We piece audio bits together and sometimes the levels are off and the final product sounds off when put ...
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Dialogue editing a scene without dialogue

hello all the film im working on at the moment is a real 'show don't tell' sorta deal. my question is: in a scene without dialogue, would you still go through the dialogue editing process? ie ...
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Some tips to soften wind noise.

I am editing a documentary where some of the interviews were done outside without any wind protection and of course its hitting the diaphragm pretty hard. I am trying to just soften the effect of it, ...
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extract specific frequencies from audio

As you can see from the spectrograph, there are two melodic lines in this excerpt. These two voices are played by different instruments. Is there a tool (preferably free) that will allow me to extract ...
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Miniminer workflow?

After using SoundMiner v4pro for years, I have put miniminer on my machine at home. I had been in the habit of keeping a hand on the fader for the SM Engine aux track in Pro Tools. This way I can ...
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Converting voice into modem sounds

I'd like to record my voice and apply some effects on it. The final result should remind the listener of phone lines or some modem sounds, but only the melody and rhythm of the language should be kept ...
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What are the most common text-based music/audio notation systems?

I am trying to find a good all-text (type able) musical notation system that already exists* and that has some usage and credibility. Ideally, such a system would allow very simple musical notation:...
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We just got done recording - our vocals could use some work - suggestions?

We just got done recording our 'first album' - we are a garage band with professional sound tech. We mixed everything using a Behringer USB board and ran it via a USB out to Audacity. The recordings ...
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Extracting conversations from a long WMA-File

I have a few wma-files all about 2h long each. I was going around with a microphone interviewing people. I did not turn the recording off in order to not miss anything. Now the problem is filtering ...
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want to find a program or other sources that can help me find subliminal recordings in my custom cd's

I have purchased custom subliminal cd's and I have using them for over 3 months now and I am not sure if the message I wanted on it is even on there or what message is on there and or even if there ...
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How to make Dialogue present and full with joystick noise?

I'm working on a short and the opening scene is of 3 teenagers playing Nintendo. The dialogue track is relatively clean (already removed clicks/pops w/Izotope RX) save for the constant clicking of ...
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Audacity - export selection across all tracks.

Using Audacity, how can I export my selection but across all tracks? Say I only want from 0:30 to 0:50 of my timeline, but all non-muted tracks. Thanks.
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Audacity - cut without repositioning.

Using Audacity if I trim an audio track the remaining audio is shifted to the left. I want it to stay in position since it is in time with another track. How can I accomplish this? Thanks!
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Are there any keyboard shortcuts for efficient MIDI (piano roll) editing in Adobe Audition 3?

I'm aware Audition CS 5.5 is on its way, but this question is about version 3. It seems such a hassle to switch between the "select" and "draw" tools in the Audition 3 sequencer. There's no hybrid ...
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What do various sounds look like on the wave spectrum

I am trying to understand some basics of the acoustic theory. Can someone in their own simple words explain what are the differences between the waves on two different instruments playing the same ...
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Region editing in arrange, audible clicking at start/end

I'm using Logic Pro 9 as a musician (mainly electric bass parts). However, this may be DAW-agnostic. When editing, I often would like to move, repeat, and otherwise work on regions that are as ...
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Best time expansion for a voice - ADR Editing

I just recorded a bit of ADR and I need to expand the person's syllable about 6 frames longer (he didn't emphasize a word properly - unfortunately it was his first time doing ADR and he didn't have a ...
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zoom h4n multi track recording

The zoom h4n is a brilliant set recorder! Now after I have recorded a session using all the channels (the xlr inputs and onboard mics) when I take the SD card or usb and put into in a computer will ...
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Separating Early reflections from Diffuse in an Impulse Response

How would you separate the early reflections from the diffuse in an Impulse Response? I'm talking about before you put it into a convolution plugin. I'd like to use only the early responses of a ...
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Cloth Foley Off Screen?

Generally when I'm cutting Foley, if someone walks off screen or out of a room I'll cut at least a handful of footsteps to follow them out - their sudden absence would certainly be missed. I'm ...
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When to cut a region, before or after the picture and how many frames?

I'm editing dialogue and I'm not sure if I should make cuts for each shot six frames before the shot or not. Or should I after. Does anybody have an opinion on when to cut? Specifically for Dialogue....
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What five plugins are the most essential for your sound editing?

This is obviously hypothetical, but if you were doing all the sound editing for a short film and were only allowed five plugins, which five would you choose? This isn't about mixing or music - you ...
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List of free notation software

What are the free programs available to typeset music?
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Vocal clipping restoration

My question is: has anybody tried to restore clipped audio successfully? Is there a method behind this, or processing tool to help restore this that i'm unaware? I have tried using compressor tools ...
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Melodyne nightmare

Does anyone else started noticing weird "sampling" noises on Melodyne over last updates of RTAS version (running old - aka before DNA Melodyne - last updated and Protools 8 or 9). Problem is on both ...
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Simple Audio-editor for PC

A friend of mine wants to learn basic audio editing, 2 or more tracks and asked me what kind of (free) program would be best to use on PC platform... Any idea's?