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An open source sound editor, but not Audacity?

I am looking for open source/free software for casual sound editing. I've tried audacity, I know it's capable tool but really I dont like the interface. Tried snd, can't get it to work. I am looking ...
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Best use of ergonomics in an Pro Tools editing environment?

If you're anything like me you spend up to 12 hours a day sitting at an audio workstation, toiling away at your craft. Very often these workstations are set up in an office-type setting, ie. desk, ...
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What is expected from a sound effects editor?

What are the exact tasks that a sound effects editor is expected to fulfill? Apart from choosing the effect and editing it, are we expected to also mix, place the SFX in a space, EQ to context, etc.? ...
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Backgrounds for a dead city?

Hi guys (my English is failing me big time today for some reason! so please forgive me and bear with me if possible) I just started working on a short (30 min) settled in a (present) post ...
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Silence a small section of just one channel in a stereo recording (Audacity)

I need to erase (silence) about 2 seconds of just one channel of a 2-channel stereo recording. I can use Audacity (or Ardour). I'm running Ubuntu 12.04.
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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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Filtering sounds to make it appear underwater

Is there a commonly accepted filtering process to make sounds appear as if they are recorded underwater It could be a generic low-pass/band-pass filter? What cutoff frecuencies could I use?
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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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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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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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Resume Formats for Sound Editors/Designers

First of all, I really enjoy this site and wish everyone tons of luck in their current and future projects. My question is one regarding the structuring of resumes or CVs for sound editors. Is there ...
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How to make nice whooshes??

Hi! I'd like to start thread to share some secrets on how to create nice whooshes, everyone has their own technics and methods so how do you make fresh, new whoshes???
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How do I make “sound booth” sounding ADR sound natural?

I recently completed a short film that needed a full dialog re-recording. The only space we were able to find was in a musician's studio with a sound booth. It sounds good as voice over, but for ...
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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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Reducing breath noise

I have some vocal tracks where the vocalist's breaths between phrases are quite loud - enough to be distracting. Is there a relatively easy way to lower the breath sound short of riding the fader ...
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Is there a 'diff tool' for audio?

Ideally in Premiere Pro, I'd like to have a way of seeing the changes I make to an audio file that I edit in Audition to be reflected in a workable format for the video editing in Premiere Pro. I've ...
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How do I prepare my sound files professionally to share with others?

Hello. I have a question about embedding the correct sort of metadata and general professional preparation for my sound files so I can pass to others and it'll be appropriate for their professional ...
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Techniques for making a crowd sound bigger and fuller

For the film I'm working on, the on-set recordist recorded some very nice and useful crowds and chants. But these where recorded in mono and with a group smaller than the films requires. Currently I'...
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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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Audacity records only 1 channel, inspite of being set to stereo

I use a Shure condenser mic with a Focusrite scarlett solo interface. However ever since the 1st time I connected it to the laptop , & recorded in Audacity & mixpad, It keeps recording only 1 ...
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While editing dialogue, what tool do you use to eliminate clicks within words?

In order to eliminate clicks in words in Pro Tools, and I use either the Pencil Tool or cut out a cycle of the waveform. What would software tool would you recommend?
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Exported Region Groups or Sound Packs for TV Sound Designing?

I was sitting in on an ADR session for a television show at an ADR stage the other day and I was talking to the ADR mixer about how Sound Design is different for TV than it is for Movies. He told me ...
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Pro Tools vs Logic…

Hi all, I am looking for a little bit of advice on DAWs. I am Mac-based and have exclusively used Logic Studio for my work which, so far, I have found to be sufficient. But I am beginning to wonder ...
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List of free notation software

What are the free programs available to typeset music?
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Developing a workflow for editing and mastering raw material

Since I bought me a mic (RØDE NT3) and started recording things that sound interesting to me I keep asking myself what would be a good workflow for importing, cutting/editing and mastering the sounds, ...
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Options for unmixing sounds (source separation)?

Which solutions (standalone or plugins) exist for unmixing/de-mixing sources? Lets say I have a track with acoustic guitar and string synth in mono, and I want each source separated. Which tools ...
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Which music sw should I consider for aligning audio waveforms to MIDI piano roll, looping MIDI, managing program change, SysEx?

Which music software should I consider for aligning audio waveforms to MIDI piano roll, looping MIDI, managing program change, SysEx? In my projects, I'd like to be able to: see audio and MIDI ...
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Best way to clean up plosives

Last night I did live sound for a major awards event. I was working Front of House and there was this woman who came up to give a speech and she leaned into my MK41s at point blank range for the ...
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What is a “ducker”?

I saw another question on here that asked how to set up a ducker. Can someone provide a detailed explanation of what a ducker is? I couldn't glean a specific meaning from the context of the linked-...
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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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Edit Changes for a Feature-Length

Hey guys, so this is my first question on here ever. I was curious what some people's workflows are for dealing with an changing cut on a movie when you have already nearly completed the sound track. ...
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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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How to loop an engine sound so that it doesn't sound looped?

I have this audio clip here. It's of a car revving up through the gears. I'm making a game and the sound for each gear of the car is all stripped from this one audio file. Although, I need to make ...
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How much should I charge to edit dialogue for a video game?

I have an opportunity to do some editing (and possibly some mastering) of some lines for a video game. it's all broken down in such a way that it will all be cut into single line sound files. there ...
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In defense of ADR editors…

Ok, we've all heard jokes and stabs at "how bad the ADR was" in some movies, but, I want to get to the bottom and real cause of ADR dialogue being off and low-quality. I honestly don't believe some ...
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How to widen a sound effects dynamics? Uncompression?

Hey guys, I have done a lot of sound design using some punches, body falls, kicks, etc. that were mashed and mastered and normalized and compressed and every-which-way processed. Does anyone have a ...
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What is the current state of the art in source separation? What tools are available?

I've seen a few questions around there at ultimately seem to be asking for software that does source separation, which refers to techniques for separating mixed-down audio into some approximation of ...
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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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Add white noise to silence

I edited an audio track where I silenced out unwanted interjections from the off. However, since the original track has a low but noticeable noise the perfect silence introduced with the silence ...
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SAMPLERS: What are you using?

Lots to choose from out there… I've found the integration between ProTools and Structure very smooth; it's easy to wrap my head around and actually produce some decent sounding patches in a short ...
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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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Logic Pro - How to delete an empty MIDI section?

Say I have a 16 bar MIDI region full of MIDI events. Now I delete the last eight bars of events -- and am left with a long section of silence which I'd like to get rid of. After deleting this section,...
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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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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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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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Steps to sound effects editing and mastering? Sounds you recorded.

So far what I do is Take the sound effect I recorded Drop it in pro tools Cut up The audio so I have pieces of sounds I will keep Then I name the sound Fade the sound on the back end Add a ...
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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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How are vocals and other different tracks separated from a mix?

I am referring to extractions like these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLKFSmI-iYM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyx14aFNPX0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm7w5al2n7o http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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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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VST - Frequency Compressor?

Basically, I'm looking for a VST plugin (preferably FREE) that compresses the frequency range of a track. Unlike a EQ which cuts or boots specific frequencies, I want an effect that can compress the ...