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Topic: Soundtrack Software?
Message: Posted by: Leland Stone (Dec 30, 2007 12:54PM)
Hello, Magi:

I like the idea of adding music/sound effects to my shows, and preliminary tinkering has proven promising.

Is there software you can recommend for this purpose? Something that would allow me to blend/manipulate tracks, narration, .wav files, adjust intervals between tracks, etc.?
I've got something like this in Windows Moviemaker, but there must be a stand-alone audio product for that purpose, right?

Criteria: Cost<$200, fairly shallow learning curve (I'm not a techie -- I was a fully formed nerd long before home computing came along), Vista compatibility. Yeah, yeah, I know, get an Apple notebook, but right now I'm playing the hand I got.

Thanks,
Leland
Message: Posted by: ScottRSullivan (Dec 30, 2007 01:10PM)
Try [url=http://audacity.sourceforge.net/]Audacity[/url] since it is well under your price point. It's free open source software.

Then put that $200 towards your new Mac. :)

Scott
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie (Dec 30, 2007 06:28PM)
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On 2007-12-30 14:10, ScottRSullivan wrote:
Try Audacity ...It's free open source software ... Then put that $200 towards your new Mac.
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I'm entirely with Scott on this. Audacity is easy & efficient, and when you buy your new Mac ;) there's a version of Audacity for that too, so the inevitable transition will be seamless.
Cheers from Toronto!
Message: Posted by: leapinglizards (Dec 31, 2007 08:27AM)
3rd vote for audacity here, and this is from someone who uses (used) Cakewalk for YEARS!
Message: Posted by: Magic Enhancer (Dec 31, 2007 10:37AM)
As a music professional offering voice-overs, sound effects, to some big name magicians, I'd say Audacity is the best affordable program out there. It can do just about anything you'd need it to. I highly recommend it. Definitely put your hands on it.

Robert Haas
Message: Posted by: Leland Stone (Dec 31, 2007 05:58PM)
Okay, I'm sold. Heck, I'll take two of 'em! :)

Thanks, guys -- good stuff, as usual. All the best for the New Year.

Leland
Message: Posted by: jkvand (Dec 31, 2007 09:49PM)
Does anyone know if Audacity can convert .wav files to mp3s?
Message: Posted by: Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie (Jan 1, 2008 12:31PM)
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On 2007-12-31 22:49, jkvand wrote:
Does anyone know if Audacity can convert .wav files to mp3s?
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jkvand,
You'll find answers [url=http://audacity.sourceforge.net/]here[/url].
Cheers!
Message: Posted by: jkvand (Jan 1, 2008 09:36PM)
Thanks Dan! I'll give it a shot! -Jeff
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Jan 2, 2008 03:22AM)
For custom tracks, I am a big fan of smartsound and sonicfire software: http://www.smartsound.com. This program permits you to create any customized clip to the exact length you need with a huge range of tracks and styles.

Dan.
Message: Posted by: Magic Enhancer (Jan 2, 2008 09:26AM)
Thanks for the link AMazing Magic. I will check that out!

Robert Haas