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Re: [GRAYMAIL] Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing 10,000+ audio cassettes

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"Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:30:49 -0500

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On 2013-02-22 2:51 PM, Paul Stamler wrote:
> I'll venture to disagree with Richard's recommendation of Samplitude. 
> It's an extremely powerful and flexible program, loaded with features 
> that you won't need for this project. I recommend a less fancy 
> program, something like Adobe Audition, which is far more intuitive 
> and has a less-steep learning curve. It won't do a lot of the things 
> that Samplitude can do -- but you won't be doing those things. 
I see that Audition now easily handles multiple stereo tracks. This is good.

Does Audition handle this in a virtual mode where the changes you make 
on screen are not written to the original file?

For example, the native way many/most photo editors work (such as the 
normal / classic modes in PhotoShop and Paint.NET) if you merely save 
the file, the changes are written back to the original. Whereas in Adobe 
Lightroom, changes made in the Develop module are saved in the database 
(and the sidecar file if desired) as the default.

Samplitude works like Lightroom (and has since 1998 when I first 
purchased it (the version I purchased was called Red Roaster back 
then)). Except there is no central database but rather individual 
sidecar files (called Virtual Projects or VIPs). If Audition works this 
way natively and easily, then go for it. Samplitude/Sequoia is one of 
the best-sounding DAWs--and yes even level changes can sound differently 
among DAWs (though probably not important for your project--it's most 
noticeable in high-end classical music). I have not put Audition against 
Samplitude, so this is not a put-down of Audition. I do know someone who 
abandonded ProTools for that very reason.

Cost: Audition $349 http://www.adobe.com/cart.html?marketSegment=COM
         Samplitude ProX $499  http://www.magix.com/us/samplitude/
         Note, there is a consumer version of Samplitude now on sale for 
$100
         http://www.magix.com/us/samplitude-music-studio/detail/

It looks a lot like the ProX version I use. I do not know what the 
differences are. I SUSPECT (your mileage may vary) that it will do all 
you want. I'm not certain what limiters and equalizers come with it, but 
you're not using those. For $100, it's worth a try to play with it. I'll 
admit to not having used Audition since it was Cool Edit, so I cannot say.

I'm certain Audition would be fine for you. Tom Fine uses it, I think. 
It's all what you get used to.

Cheers,

RIchard

-- 
Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.

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