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  posted on 12/27/2009 at 01:26 PM
I'm relatively unsophisticated at burning disks (yes, I'm old, and it gets harder to learn new tricks). I can do the simple stuff. But I'm really getting into live sets available online from Sugarmegs, and the problem I've run into is shows that are too long for burning onto a single CD--for example, the 1971 ABB show at the Warehouse in New Orleans. So I poked around online and found a freeware program named Audacity that, as I understand, can be used to edit and break up a long file so that you can burn it onto multiple disks. Anyone else out there have experience with Audacity and have tips, or is there a better *free* solution to this problem?

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  posted on 12/27/2009 at 01:42 PM
I would suggest starting here. Take some time to learn what is needed and you'll realize it's not that difficult. http://www.etree.org/software.html


 

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  posted on 12/27/2009 at 02:25 PM
I use audacity quite a bit. It can be used for the task you describe.

It gives you the entire file as one long, continuous wave form. It's then a big picture that you can do with as you wish. My graphics editing background came in handy as many of the tools function the same way - highlight a section, place an effect on it, make it bigger, make it smaller, delete it, cut it, paste it elsewhere, etc.

Suppose you want to fit 10 songs on one disc, but altogether you've got 82 minutes of music. You can cut down the audience/applause time between songs, etc.

I've also done a bit of remastering with it. I recorded a guy's brief speech for inclusion on a website, and we were using a pretty cheap mic, so we got these really explosive "p's." I was able to go in and drastically reduce the pop; it really made a difference. Another time I had an ABB track, and for some reason on the source, the volume dropped WAY down for a few seconds of one of Dickey's solos. I managed to isolate that section and bring it back up. There's all kind of fun you can have with it.

The coolest thing I've done so far (I'll try to find the files) was take a track from an SBD download and the same track from an AUD recording, and sort of "overlay" them. Man, the resulting track was off the chain as far as sound quality goes. I wish I had time to do the whole show.

Good luck with it.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2009 at 02:49 PM
I use it for truncating as well.
Cut out crowd noise, even cut drum solo's for some minutes (sorry Matt, Butch, Jaimoe, Marc) if that enables me to fit a show on 2 discs in stead of having a 3rd discs with only a few minutes on it.

Cut a segment. Fade out the lasrt 10 or 15 secs before the cut and fade in the first 10 or 15 secs after the cut. It could be done much more sophisticated, but it works for me.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2009 at 04:43 PM
Thanks for help, folks! I'm going to give it a try.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2009 at 04:49 PM
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even cut drum solo's for some minutes


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  posted on 12/27/2009 at 05:38 PM
try here http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=recording&i=streaming or just follow what was posted here....after you mess around with it you'll get the hang of it.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2009 at 10:09 PM
I just hope that for all the folks who decide to "custom edit" their shows - you make a notation before putting your custom copies into the trading pool

There are some great as well as some really badly butchered shows that circulate out there competing with the full length versions

 

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  posted on 12/28/2009 at 09:59 AM
I'm a regular user of Audacity. Solid program.

 

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  posted on 12/28/2009 at 10:04 AM
CD Wave is a little less complicated than audacity for just splitting tracks. It has a nice user interface too. Audacity is great for editing, but I think CD wave is easier for just splitting tracks.
http://www.milosoftware.com/en/index.php?body=cdwave.php

By the way, I've had it for years and never had to register it, but the site does mention registering. It's a small program and I can probably email it to you.

Also, with the sugarmegs shows, you'll have to convert them to wav format first before using either Audacity or CD Wave. Audacity doesn't like the low bitrate, mono wma files that you can download from sugarmegs.

[Edited on 12/28/2009 by jfk2112]

 

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  posted on 12/28/2009 at 11:51 PM
OK, I did it!!

I downloaded the big Windows Media file from Sugarmegs.

I downloaded the AudioConverter Studio program and used it to convert the big Windows Media file to a wav file.

I dowloaded the CD Wave Editor program and used it to insert splits between songs in the big wav file, thus creating a bunch of little wav files.

Then I used my Windows Media Player to create a burn list consisting of the separate wav files, thus allowing me to break up the long concerts and burn it on multiple disks.

VOILA!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the help!! Maybe you CAN teach an old dog like me a few new tricks!!

 

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