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Topic: Music editing software for a dummy
Message: Posted by: Bridgewater (Jun 19, 2008 06:29AM)
Can anyone recommend some easy-to-use music editing software? I recently purchased "Music Creator 4" and despite going through the tutorials, I can't do a d*** thing with it. If "Playskool" for "Fischer-Price" made music editing software, those would be the kind I need. I'm not trying to do anything fancy, just want to cut and paste segments, fade in and out, etc. Thanks in advance.
Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (Jun 19, 2008 06:39AM)
I use Audacity. It may not be simple enough but it's freeware so you can try it out and see if it works for you:

They have both Mac and PC versions.

Message: Posted by: LVMagicAL (Jun 19, 2008 12:24PM)
I use Sony's Sound Forge Audio Studio 9. While it has some very complex features and capabilities, I find it quite intuitive and easy to use for basic functions like cut and paste, fade in, fade out, looping, removing vocal tracks, etc; It's about $100 so perhaps trying the freeware first to see if it does what you want might prove to be the best option.
Message: Posted by: lowphat (Jun 19, 2008 02:20PM)
The easiest software you will ever find is Garage Band, but you'll need to buy a Mac to use it. I've tried several programs for windows and nothing compares to garage band.
Message: Posted by: Bridgewater (Jun 20, 2008 11:41AM)
Michael, you da man.
Audacity was pretty much what I was aiming for, and the price can't be beat. Much thanks.
Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (Jun 21, 2008 05:15PM)
Glad to be of help!

I found out about Audacity on the Café myself!

Message: Posted by: jlevey (Jun 22, 2008 05:56PM)
Michael, your audacity has proven invaluable...

That didn't come out the way I meant it --what I "meant" to say was,

Your "link" to the Audacity Freeware has proven invaluable , Michael... thanks!!

Even though I am technically challenged, I can now do rough edits. Now I just have to work at (and learn) smooth edits.

Best regards.

Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Jun 23, 2008 02:51PM)
My vote is for Audacity too. Simple to use and very powerful.
Message: Posted by: Jerrid Mutter (Jul 25, 2008 07:35AM)
I just downloaded Audicity but I can't figure out how to get songs from I-Tunes or media player that I have ripped from a C/D.
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Jul 25, 2008 02:17PM)

Make sure that when you rip a song from a CD, you do it to .WAV format. (Assuming you're on a PC.)

For Windows Media Player 11, go to the Tools Menu and select Options. Then click the Rip Music tab. There's a drop-down selector under "Format" where you should select "WAV (Lossless)" - and save everything. Then when you rip a song from a CD, you can open it with Audacity, or any other editor.