mmarston wrote:I have an M-Audio 24/96 that a friend tossed out. It's in a low end Dell running Vista that was the grandkids' game machine until I hijacked it... I do everything in Audacity (or did until I found out about the 16 bit issue.) I track at 24/96, save the .aup project, do my editing in that. I usually record all sides of an album as a single project.
Processing usually starts with a steep high pass filter at 18-30 Hz (depending on the record) to get rid of warp-wiggles. Then attack any big clicks with the Repair tool so they won't interfere with level adjustment. Sometimes I use Normalize, sometimes Amplify, again depending... I do that for each album side separately. Next I find the start of audio for the first track, fade in 50 ms ahead of that point, and chop off the lead-in. Place a marker there, label it, then go to the next track. Find a zero crossing 50-100 ms before that and place another marker. I'm looking for and killing clicks along the way. Sometimes I use the Click Repair tool between tracks but not often within them; it sometimes does bad things to the music. When I reach the end of a side, a fade to silence, usually about 700 ms to a second. First track of the next side as for the first; deleting most or all between it and the previous fade. Sometimes I'll insert a couple seconds silence if it helps the flow... and thus to the end of the album.
Then I export multiple FLAC files at 24/96. These go in a folder with the album title, under a folder with the artist or band name. I'll enter the artist name, album, & year in the metadata for the first track, the labels insert the track names. I use mp3tag to copy the artist/album/year data to the other tracks. After copying the FLACs to another drive, I delete the .aup project to reclaim disc space. If I find any other noises I'll fix them in the individual FLACs. These become the "masters" for making CDs or mp3s, etc.
It's slow, but a labor of love. Unlikely that I'll ever get my whole collection done...
I'm new to Audacity but did try it out finally with my USB connection from my turntable. The owner's manual for my turntable told me to go to the Audacity website and download the latest version ... so I did. I could not get it to work and I am PC savvy ... the codec just didn't work.
I have a 32 bit OS and figured that was the issue and was correct, I reverted back to a previous Audacity version that actually came with the turntable as an install disc and it worked perfectly.
I recorded an album and also did each side as a single project and then edited out the tracks later.
I have not played with anything that removes scratches and pops yet. The record I recorded was clean anyway.
Any tips for removing pops with Audacity?