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Thanks Scott,

I suppose I forgot to mention that we won't be doing anything more expansive
than simple stereo editing.  Most of our prospective clients have expressed to
us that much of what they need reformatted are oral history interview tapes
(both reel and cassette).  With that im mind, I'm looking for some nice noise
reduction plug-ins and don't really need much else, though we would like to be
prepared to transfer music as well.  As of now we are running both Pro Tools
Free and Cubasis but only Cubasis will synch up with our Tascam board (US-224).
 I'm almost convinced that we need little more than a nice EQ but a 'legitimate'
editing program is probably a good idea.

Brandon




Quoting Scott Loiselle <[log in to unmask]>:

> Hi Brandon. Some ideas for you........
>
> If you only need stereo editing, bias peak should be on your list. The
> important thing is to get good dsp plugins. Peak with the waves package is a
> lot of bang for the buck, their restoration set of plugins is amazingly good
> for the $. You'd have to spend a *heck* of a lot more on cedar or pyramix to
> get a noticeable increase in "clean up" quality. I have a partner with a
> full, current sonic system and he's a bit dismayed by just how good the
> waves stuff is, for under a grand! Their 'masters" bundle is also a must
> have (well, at least for me) for multiband limiting, eq and level/resolution
> maximizing.
>
> The other big advantage of peak is the batch processor. You can configure
> whatever you want (E.G. Take these 24 bit wav files, peak limit them,
> denoise them, dither to 16 bit and save as aiff), drag any number of files
> to the batch processor and it just goes. No transport running, walk away,
> leave it overnight, whatever.  Very useable.
>
> If you need multitrack editing, consider buying the same waves plugins and
> run them on pro tools free. I know you said you're not enthralled with pt
> but, hey, it's free! And the "rubber band" style automation is easy to use
> and addictive. It'd run on your Mac's built-in audio system. For a few more
> $, you could add a 001 or something.
>
> If PT is a no-no, another option is motu 828 - gives you analog and dig I/o,
> plugs right into the firewire and comes with multitrack editing software
> that's essentially the audio portion (no midi) of dp 2.7
>
> You could upgrade (now or later) to dp if you want all the fancy stuff.
>
> There's lots of other options out there, these are just relatively cheap,
> easy and will get the job done.
>
> Just my $.02
>
> Best, Scott
>
>
> On 6/2/03 12:52 PM, "Brandon Burke" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am in the process of establishing a sound reformatting lab at the
> University
> > of Texas-Austin, Digital Library Services Division.  I have a pretty good
> idea
> > about hardware (tape machines, etc) but I'm curious to hear what sound
> editing
> > software most of you use.  As it stands now, were weighing our options.
> Many
> > in
> > the department are only luke warm on Pro Tools and have suggested Cubase.
> > Others I have talked to use Sound Forge but we're running Macs and as far
> as I
> > know SF is a PC program.  I'm getting the impression that in 2003 Pro
> Tools
> > isn't the industry standard it was two or three years ago.  Regardless,
> I'd
> > appreciate hearing what many of you think about the software you're
> > running--things you like as well as things you wish you'd done
> differently.
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> >
> > Brandon Burke
> > Digital Library Services Division
> > University of Texas-Austin
> > Austin, TX 78713
> >
>