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cool edit / calkwalk switch!

hi, just started using calkwalk 9.while useing tools (cool-edit ver. 1.2) after editing the track it stays the way it was originally ! help!

Re: cool edit / calkwalk switch!

after editing save the changes before returning to cakewalk. you should then be asked if you want to import the changes

Voodoo drum machinesoftware

how do you guys rate voodoo what all requirements will i have 2 have? how do i get musicstudio deluxe generation 5 2 run? i run it but i have no hardware so the computer locks up what should i do. i plan 2 get the roland supersound canvas w/ built in interface. i'm not a compter genius and i dont want 2 pay out the ass 2 get an interface manually installed on my tower. should i wait 4 the roland or what? also how do u rate the roland super sound canvas? whatabout a utility ds-1 sampler software? this is all for a pc system. can all of these items work together@ the same time? how good do they work 2gether? r they compilicated software 2 run?

Comon Cubasis simple cheap

Someone must know where to get a cubasis download - that works??????????????????????????

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!>>>>>SEARCH D-JAMM SOFTWERE SAMPLER

PROUCURO PELO SOFTWERE D-JAMM ESSE SOFTWERE E UM SAMPLER

I need a utility to convert .ram files to .mp3 or .wav

Please tell me something regarding the conversion of .ram files to .mp3.

Shannu

Re: I need a utility to convert .ram files to .mp3 or .wav

i heard u had sum problems, mee too, i wanna convert my *.omg to *.mp3 .... Who can help me ?

Re: I need a utility to convert .ram files to .mp3 or .wav

THIS QUESTION HAS BEEN ASKED AND ANSWERED TOO MANY TIMES ON THIS BOARD! DO SOME FRICKIN RESEARCH YOU LAZY PEOPLE! STOP CLUTTERING OUR BOARD!

PC Home Studio Needs

Can anyone give me a comprehensive list of ALL the
softward and hardware I will need to create a music
studio in my home? I know about Cakewalk, but which
version? Which editing tool? A MIDI keyboard? Which
soundcard? I have an IBM Aptiva, if that's any help.
I think it has a Pentium II, but not sure. It's to
be my husband's birthday gift and I only have a month
to get it done. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.

Re: PC Home Studio Needs

Yes there are a billion answers to this question.
The first thing you need is a sequencer. I use Cakewalk because I have been using Cakewalk for years. There are plenty of others and really it is just a matter of finding one that is easy to use. Most are fairly powerful.
Personally I don't think you can have a home studio without a sampler. Yes software samplers are getting heaps better but none can compare to any of the mid range hardware samplers. Get an Akai S series sampler 2nd hand. Stack it full of RAM and buy an effects card. They are emtpy shells unless you do this.
If you can play the keys get a keyboard. Any keyboard that feels nice will do. Roland tend to make great keys for this purpose.
Finally and this is the cheapest of my suggestions get a sound card with SPDIF. This will let you use any of the shareware progs and sample them straight to your sampler with negligble loss of quality.

: Can anyone give me a comprehensive list of ALL the
: softward and hardware I will need to create a music
: studio in my home? I know about Cakewalk, but which
: version? Which editing tool? A MIDI keyboard? Which
: soundcard? I have an IBM Aptiva, if that's any help.
: I think it has a Pentium II, but not sure. It's to
: be my husband's birthday gift and I only have a month
: to get it done. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.

Re: PC Home Studio Needs

WAIT Cheecha! There are a thousand nay a million answers to this question so be careful! You need to find out what your husband wants to do exactly. This may be difficult if it's to br a surprise i know!! The problem with getting top spec software is that it could well take him a year to figure it all out - it can be VERY confusing!!!

The fundamental consideration in computer based recording is infact the computer NOT the software! You NEED atleast 96MB of RAM and a 400MHz processor to run music software trouble free. This is a MINIMUM. There is no use having a pile of software which doesn't work or clicks over your recordings or crashes every ten minutes!!! If you need a new PC (never Apple Mac) then the built in sound card is fine - it can be upgraded later. If the PC meets there req. it's fine. If it's 400MHz but 32MB RAM then buy a 64MB mem module (the right type) and add it to make a total of 96MB

Next does your man like guitar or electronic music??? If it's guitar/live instruments then you need an audio sequencer. I'd reccomend Music Centre Pro for any novice. It's 30 UK pounds and is very highly rated. You could go for a 300 pound sequencer which has a few more frills but what if he doesn't like it?!!! This one looks really nice onscreen and is a joy to work with - truly exceptional midi features too - much better than Cubase's which are practically non existant!

Along side a sequencer most people need an audio loop creator. These are used to make drum loops, bass lines etc which are then put into the sequencer to play along side guitars+vocals etc. The only one to consider is Fruityloops. It's a masterpiece and is ideal for simple drums/bass in any style right up to electronic grooves to blow out the windows with. It comes in a basic version and can be upgraded later to pro 129 dollars US.

So there you have it. 1 computer, 2 sequencer, 3 audio loop creator. It's that simple. Once you have these three things sorted out see what you have left for a mic maybe a Zip drive to store tracks on or a CD Writer. A keyboard might be a nice idea but a basic one would be fine to start with. The soundcard on the computer supplies all the sounds so you're better with a good sound card rather than a good keyboard which can obviously be usefull. I'd say keep it simple and cheap and let your husband upgraded in the future as he finds which programs he likes.

Re: PC Home Studio Needs

software:
cubase is the one to go fir, simply as it is the
most commonly used and widely recognised, not always the best reason for a recommendation, but it would certainly cover all bases.
this will record data to play back sounds fron and midi sound source, soundcard, synthesizer etc.
a great soundcard is the soundblaster live, comprehensive and easy to install, cheap from pc world too.
this integrates well with cubase, and provides
very good, stable audio recording and effects, as well as habing TWO emulator samplers for loading and playing back keyboard and drum sounds.
i have a novatin supernova synthesizer, not cheap , but excellent to provide several simultaneous sounds and effects, now available in a keyboard version too.
these two units will give all the sounds and connections needed for and excellent start.
if you have any cash left, try and get a nice pair of speakers to make the most of the results.
i produce lots of music and find these units easy to use and get great sounds from.

Re: PC Home Studio Needs

Right - first of all software :- cubasis,cakewalk or prologic.
The pc should be alright for midi recording. You need a midi in/out connector to joystick adapter, plug this into your soundcard.
Any decent keboard but make sure it has 16 midi output - my advice is anything roland.
This is the cheapest way of doing it..
Chad..

Re: PC Home Studio Needs

I agree.
Get a simple sequencer like Cake, you can use a variety of adapters to sequence with like stated above, or a simple one in one out midi adapter that plugs into your printer port. Then get a decent keyboard or sound module.
Keyboard wise...Korg or Roland
Sound Module wise...E-mu all the way! (Proteus 2000 is like $675 and has TONS of sounds.
Have fun!

GED-format

Question: Have files with extension .GED but want to have them as MP3. Which programm is going to help me ??

simple, small, command-line driven mp3 -> wav decoder.. anyone?

I just need a program to convert mp3's to wav. no UI frou-frou, no fancy stuff. like sox. is there anything out there that will do this?

please email me if possible-- valinor@netcom.com

-Curt

How??????

How could I record the audio from a video on realplayer?? or is this possible??

Problem when copying Mixed CDs ('0' gap) on a Freecom Writer wit

Hi,
I have a Freecom portable CD writer 4x4x24x. It is connected to an i-mac PowerPC G3 400 MHz, 9,55 Gb harddisk, 128 Mb RAM, MacOS 9.0.4. Toast Deluxe 4.0.2.
I have a problem when i try to copy or make audio CD's. Freecom recommended me Toast Deluxe, because that one has a DiskAtOnce option.
When i create a CD now with the gap set to '0' (what you want with live- or mixed CD's), the first track plays allright, however after approx. 9 seconds it skips a beat. Then when it plays track 2, the counter of my CD player says 99:99 and it starts counting backwards. Then after a few minutes it just starts skipping or goes mad.
I know that there is an issue with USB writers an DiskAtOnce, that you have to set the speed to 1x, and thats what i did. Also i tried copying all the tracks to harddisk first, but that does not help either. I hope someone knows a solution to help me out.
Thanks,
Jootje

minidisc onto cd

Can anybody out there tell me how to record onto cd from my minidisc player? I have a cd writer so surely its possible... The writer is built in to my hard-drive stack so how do I connect the minidisc player to it? I've currently go t the minidisc going into the "line in" at the back of the hard drive and I can here music playing through the Pc's speakers. WHAT NEXT???!!! HELP!!!!

Re: minidisc onto cd

Dude this question has been asked and ANSERED Many times on this very same board. Quit being so lazy and do some research! Oh sorry. It might take you a whole 2 minutes!

I need help

Is there any software using which we can remix mp3 and save the remixed version too on another mp3??

Napster

I just got winnap it is winamp with a built in Napster
client different then the napster client you download
at Napsters site. If I was you I would try it! It Rocks!

Napster

I just got winnap it is winamp with a built in Napster
client different then the napster client you download
at Napsters site. If I was you I would try it! It Rocks!

making home recordings via computer

Is CoolEdit the right program for mixing homemade sound files into a multi-track .wav file? (I'm trying to learn how to use my computer to dub my own music tracks using a single microphone. I know this won't result in any Grammies but, what the heck, I'm can't play anything very well anyway. This is mostly for the goof factor.

Re: making home recordings via computer

There is a multi track option with cool edit pro but take a look at <a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/n-Track_studio">N-Track Studio</a> its a pretty good shareware multi-track

: Is CoolEdit the right program for mixing homemade sound files into a multi-track .wav file? (I'm trying to learn how to use my computer to dub my own music tracks using a single microphone. I know this won't result in any Grammies but, what the heck, I'm can't play anything very well anyway. This is mostly for the goof factor.

Re: making home recordings via computer

Tony: Thanks for taking the time to give me some info on microphone/computer recording programs. I'm downloading N-track right now.

: There is a multi track option with cool edit pro but take a look at <a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/n-Track_studio">N-Track Studio</a> its a pretty good shareware multi-track

: : Is CoolEdit the right program for mixing homemade sound files into a multi-track .wav file? (I'm trying to learn how to use my computer to dub my own music tracks using a single microphone. I know this won't result in any Grammies but, what the heck, I'm can't play anything very well anyway. This is mostly for the goof factor.

Need to decrease download time for WAV files

I am trying to send WAV files (30+ MB) through PC Anywhere to someone and it is taking forever. I tried compressing with WinZip but it took a 34 MB file down to only a 31 MB file, not much help. Any suggestions. It would really mean a lot. Thank you

Re: Need to decrease download time for WAV files

: I am trying to send WAV files (30+ MB) through PC Anywhere to someone and it is taking forever. I tried compressing with WinZip but it took a 34 MB file down to only a 31 MB file, not much help. Any suggestions. It would really mean a lot. Thank you

You aren't going to be able to get data much compression
on a WAV file because it is essentially random data and
there is no way to simplify randomness.

However, you may be able to get a slightly better compression
rate using specialized audio compression software as it knows
that the data isn't completely random - the best result you
can expect is up to 50% compression without losing any of the
original data, although you may not get such a godd level of
compression depending upon the 'randomness' of the audio.
This type of audio compression is referred to as 'lossless'
Here is a list of software you could use for the job:
<li><a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/Native_Power_Pack_bundle_32/">Native Power Pack bundle for Windows</a>
<li><a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/Native_Power_Pack_bundle/">Native Power Pack bundle for Macintosh</a>
<li><a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/daxaif_mac/">daxaif 1.1 for Macintosh</a>
<li><a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/Music_Publisher_02/">Music Publisher 02 for Windows 95/98/NT</a>

Another type is referred to as 'lossy' compression which uses
the science of psycho-acoustics to remove parts of the audio
which aren't necessarily 'heard' by human brains - the best
compression rate you will get without noticable changes in
the audio quality is between 25% and 10% depending again on
the nature of the audio you are compressing.

The best audio format for this job is MP3 and you will find
heaps of programs you can download to convert your WAV files
at <A href="http://www.mp3machine.com/cat/ENCODERS/">http://www.MP3Machine.com/cat/ENCODERS/</a>.

I hope this helps,
Jason.

tool to converte.rmx files

is ther any tool that convertes which converts
.rmx files to
.avi
.mov
.qt
.wav
.au

which r supported by the realproducer

tool to converter .rmx files

is ther any tool that converters which converts
.rmx files to
.avi
.mov
.qt
.wav
.au

which r supported by the realproducer

TO STEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Steve.....
I asked if anybody knew a good piece of software to substitude a midi-keyboard or a synthesizer, and you surgested that I should look around here.... the problem is my connection. I can't download all the software-synthesizers, so I asked you guys if anybody could recomend something, so I only had to download one or two demos, in order to deside what to buy. Do YOU know any god programs?
ThanX

Peace Out!
DjColleDelfa

Sound tracks

I have a computer and a Roland MIDI kyboard. I want to make sound tracks and want you to advise me on what software programs I should use. I am Slightly familiar with Cakewalk. Is there anything easier to handle.

Re: Sound tracks

Honestly,
Cakewalk is probably the easiest program to learn! Just be patient with it. You could probably try a .wav sequencing program with your set up too, I've heard fruity loops is easy, but I've never used it.

Roland E-300 online Manual, HELP!!

Hi there,
I recently purchased a new Roland E-300 keyboard from a grand mother
for my church. Unfortunately she moved over in to S/Africa and it seems
along the line she has misplaced the manual for the keyboard. If anyone knows
where I can DOWNLOAD an online manual or ORDER for one, can you please contact
me. I need to get going on the Keyboard.

Many Thanks,
Augustine

Piano CD to printed sheet music

First visit to board, and my finger and eyes are tired from scanning the messages to help me! Sorry if this has been answered before. I am trying to take a George Winston CD and somehow get a printed page of sheet music from it. Winston does not publish sheet music. Can anyone tell me how to get there? I assume I have to convert the CD to either WAV or MP3, and then get it to midi, which will then feed into a notation program to print the sheet music. I just don't know what software package(s) to go after. Help is appreciated!!! (Great BB by the way)

CD-R question..

I am looking for a CD Burning software that supports different types of CD-R (800 mb)including CD-R-DA. For some reason the software that i'm using will not allow me to burn CD-R 80 or CD-R-DA.

Any recommendations, suggestions or help will be greatly appreaceated.

Thanks in Advance!!

macster

idownloaded macster using shareware. the subscription ran out. how do i pay and reconnect?

Hang on...

: idownloaded macster using shareware. the subscription ran out. how do i pay and reconnect?

What for the shareware you used to download it? It's sounds like you are saying you have some shareware FTP program or something... I don't understand. Macster is free and that should work fine. If you have a problem with Macster then you could try Rapster which is similar if not better. You can use you account information from Macster as well so write it down and enter it into Rapster.

Cheers

Steve

Avi to mpeg is TOO big.! (From Argentina)

Hi there. First sorry for mi english. I send this question from Argentina. I have a video capture, and i like to record a video from mi VHS to .mpeg file. I do this to an .avi file, but is too big (Aprox 70mb per minute, in 320x200, 29.99 frames per second), and when i pass the .avi file to .mpeg file (bbmpeg or another soft), the file is too big too. ¿Is there any way to record a movie in mpeg format, without the .avi file, or some soft to compress (or something) .avi file to mpeg ?. Sorry, but i am NEW in this field. Thanks for you time.

key signature

My Daughter-inlaw sent the following E-mail to me, can you help her?
riffell@coollink.net
__________________________________________________
I'm really hoping there is something available that I can use by putting the sheet music on the scanner & while copying with the printer it would be able to change the key signature. I have writer's cramp from changing all the parts in some music for church today.
If you don't have time to check, could you tell me where I could look for this.

Re: key signature

Take a look at
<a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/SharpEye/">Sharp Eye Music Reader</a>
<a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/win95/NOTATION/">Notation Category</a>

: My Daughter-inlaw sent the following E-mail to me, can you help her?
: riffell@coollink.net
: __________________________________________________
: I'm really hoping there is something available that I can use by putting the sheet music on the scanner & while copying with the printer it would be able to change the key signature. I have writer's cramp from changing all the parts in some music for church today.
: If you don't have time to check, could you tell me where I could look for this.

Sample disk Trades???

Anyone want to trade sample disks? Send me your list and I'll send you mine.
Peace.

recording audio onto my P.C

Help!! I need to know where I can get some FREE software that will enable me to record guitar, vocals and other analogue sources onto my P.C.
I want software that will perform the functions of an analogue multitrack recorder.
Cakewalk would be ideal - but I have no money!!!

Re: recording audio onto my P.C

: Help!! I need to know where I can get some FREE software that will enable me to record guitar, vocals and other analogue sources onto my P.C.
: I want software that will perform the functions of an analogue multitrack recorder.
: Cakewalk would be ideal - but I have no money!!!

Search for Fat Rock Studio on this site. It MAY be what you are looking for. It IS free.

Simple Naration volume

All I want to do is add some naration to a slide show. No matter what program I use, when I speak into the microphone the input volume is so low I have to turn the speaker volume all the way up. The next time a windows sound plays I get knocked off my chair. I have tried this on windows 98 and NT 4 computers using SB Live value and SB AWE64 sound cards. I have turned up every microphone input volume control I can find. I have used the windows sound recorder, the sound recorder within the slide show program, the SB wave editor record feature and Goldwave all with the same results. I have a labtech and sony microphone that I have tried.

Please help;

Tbrox@aol.com

Re: Simple Naration volume

I have exactly the same problem and I also can't figure out what the problem is. I haven't even met anybody else with this problem. I've put in a new sound card and it didn't help. I've put up all the controls. It's just that the volume becomes so low when I record through a microphone. I plug my electric piano into the input and I need to turn it all the way up to get anything like decent volume, which should be blowing the doors off the house. I can't figure it out.

Re: Simple Naration volume

Have you turned up the all the recording levels?
There's playback volume and recording

: All I want to do is add some naration to a slide show. No matter what program I use, when I speak into the microphone the input volume is so low I have to turn the speaker volume all the way up. The next time a windows sound plays I get knocked off my chair. I have tried this on windows 98 and NT 4 computers using SB Live value and SB AWE64 sound cards. I have turned up every microphone input volume control I can find. I have used the windows sound recorder, the sound recorder within the slide show program, the SB wave editor record feature and Goldwave all with the same results. I have a labtech and sony microphone that I have tried.

: Please help;

: Tbrox@aol.com

Re: Simple Naration volume

As far as I know I have turned up all the recording volumes to the Max. I went to control panel, Multimedia and found the record volume setting. It's all the way up. Any other sugestions?

: Have you turned up the all the recording levels?
: There's playback volume and recording

: : All I want to do is add some naration to a slide show. No matter what program I use, when I speak into the microphone the input volume is so low I have to turn the speaker volume all the way up. The next time a windows sound plays I get knocked off my chair. I have tried this on windows 98 and NT 4 computers using SB Live value and SB AWE64 sound cards. I have turned up every microphone input volume control I can find. I have used the windows sound recorder, the sound recorder within the slide show program, the SB wave editor record feature and Goldwave all with the same results. I have a labtech and sony microphone that I have tried.

: : Please help;

: : Tbrox@aol.com

cda-mp3 converter

I would like to know the site from wher i can download a software, which can convert CD Audio format to mp3 format.

regards,
NITIN

Re: cda-mp3 converter

You can try "AltoMP3 Maker" which is an attractive and easy to use CD to MP3 tool. It looks very cool and the output MP3 quality is perfect with a high extraction speed.

I have convert 5 CDs with it and love it.

You can find it at http://www.yuansoft.com

: I would like to know the site from wher i can download a software, which can convert CD Audio format to mp3 format.

: regards,
: NITIN

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