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magicgraham
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Hi Guys and Gals

I am newish to this site so not sure if this has been asked and then answered before but I am looking for advice on a program I can use on my desktop to edit music. What I need to do is shorten music so it sounds profesional, add to music and add like kicker sound effects.

ANY SUGGESTIONS

Thanks
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A lot of people use and like Acid to edit with, loop and create their own music from scratch with available sound bytes.
Personally we use Cool Edit Pro, which was bought by Adobe and now goes by the name Adobe Pro. It is 128 tracks of digital recording. It is very easy to use to make loops, edit, and especially mix songs together. The filters and noise cancelling are great tools to work with especially if you do have any voice over work to go with your music or video. It makes it very easy to take out unwanted sounds, hiss, pops, etc right out of the track. You can sample a sound you don't like, make a filter based on that sound and apply that filter to the whole track and remove the noise.

Hope that helps.
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A lot of people use Sony Sound Forge (see http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com).
It's easy to use and has many features.
You may find a trial version somewhere.
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If money is a concern, Music Creator 2003 by Cakewalk is not a bad program for the price. It is not as easy to navigate as the Acid and Sound Forge products but with a little work it will do most (if not all) of what you need to do.
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Adobe Audition is what I use. I think it used to be Cool Edit pro. You can download a trial version at:

http://www.adobe.com/products/audition/main.html
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If you're an Apple user there's Logic, GarageBand, and Soundtrack.

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Chris Toomey
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Audacity is a simple alternative. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Pretty easy to use and has a free trial period.

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I use ripeditburn by Blaze Audio again a free trial period and quite inexpensive for the great ability it has.
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Cool Edit is definitely the way to go. It's very easy to use and you can actually "see" where you cut and mix your music.
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Audacity is totally free and that is what I would recommend if you want to get it for free.

It is very easy to use and has several great features, though it doesn't like more than a few multiple tracks. Personally I use Adobe Audition (previously Cool Edit Pro) as this has all the features you wil need, it is however very pricey.
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CAUTION ON AUDACITY

I downloaded it not long ago and it came with tons of adware and spyware.

I'd go with Adobe Audition.

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I'm for Cool Edit Pro (or whatever it's called now).

I've used it for years and wouldn't be without it.
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Cool Edit Pro is great.

Acid is alright as well...but very basic and cheap.
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There are multiple versions of Acid, and the full version, Acid Pro, isn't cheap! That said, Acid is NOT a sound editing program; it's a music looping program. Sony sells the Sonic Foundry stereo editor and Vegas multitrack editor, which are made to pair nicely with Acid. To use Acid for editing is like using a hammer to insert a screw; sure, it'll eventually work, but it'll be messy getting there and won't work anywhere nearly as well!

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Andy,

Since my degree is on the video side of production, perhaps you could help me out here. (I'll happily defer to you when it comes to audio)

What is the difference between a sound editing program and a "loop" program? (and what exactly is a loop?)

Thanks for your insights!

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I use GoldWave and you can download it at

http://www.goldwave.com/release426.php

It is a shareware program, but runs fine and is fully funtional without registering your copy. I use it to do all my recording on the computer - Audio Cd's to InstantAudio files. It only has two tracks, but you can record your voice on one track and paste in your music source on the other. I believe the registration cost was only $40.00, so it really isn't expensive.

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Hey Robert,
A loop is a short audio recording designed to be able to be played seamlessly in a repeating sequence (ie, to be "looped").

A looping program is a multitrack editing program optimized to work with these to create music. They use specially formatted loops that contain info about tempo and musical key, allowing you to use loops that were recorded at different tempos/in different keys, and shift them automatically so that they all match. They'll also let you add in spot sounds, sometimes called "hits", to punctuate the loops and to help keep the loops from becoming obvious.

Acid and Vegas are very similar in interface, but have some functional differences. Since Acid is meant for looping, you can't have more than one sound file on a track; each file gets its own track. In Vegas, you can have multiple files on the same track, both separately and overlapping.

For most of the editing folks here will need to do, you'll actually want a two-track editor, such as Sound Forge. The latest version, 7, implements the same sort of "slip and slide" timeline-based editing (I forget what term they actually use for it in Sonic Foundry/Sony land) that Vegas and Acid use, which is a huge step forward from previous versions (and other editors like Goldwave; this feature's been present in ProTools [which doesn't have a separate 2-track editor] and some other software packages for some time).

These programs have much more fine-tuned editing features than the multi-track and loop programs; the expectation is that you'd use Sound Forge to edit the individual tracks and loops, and then use Vegas or Acid (depending on the application) to assemble them all together into the final piece (although, as I noted, other companies offer multi-track editors that also do full stereo editing; Sony/Sonic Foundry just happens to offer full separate packages).

So, that's basically the difference. Let me know if I'm not entirely clear, and I can clarify :o)

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Andy,

Perfectly clear. I need an audio program that I can do VO into and edit it with background music and the like.

For something that basic what would you recommend?

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Robert -- As a remember, you were on Mac??? If so Amadeus is very basic, works easily as sells (download from Germany) for about $20 US.

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Gregg,

Sorry mate. On a Dell. (*ducking* Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!) Smile

I have thought about "growing up" to a Mac though bud so I appreciate that tip!

How's things in Tucson?

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