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From: clarke hermance 
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Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2005 5:18 PM
Subject: Changing speed and accordingly, pitch in audio re-recording/editing: asking for help/advice


I an an amateur audio recorder and editor, using heretofore Sony's EZAudio, to put to CD tapes made of some solo clarinet stuff I've been doing in church.  It occurred to me that somehow, I could rescue a wonderful recording of the contralto Marion Anderson doing Schubert's "Ave Maria".  The problem is that EZAudio cannot compensate for the fact that my turntable, a medium price Onkyo purchased after my previous, expensive turntable died a death of old age and hardening rubber wheels, only has 45 and 331/3 speeds, and the Anderson recording is a 78!  Argh!

So, a Googling found Millers article on using other computer softwared to do what I wanted to do.  He talked about using CoolEdit, which now costs $170 for Adobe.  Sony makes two versions of Sound Forge, a pro model for (also) $170 and a somewhat cutdown version (probably for rank amateurs like me) for $70.

My question to you is:  Do you know if the cheap version of SoundForge will let me do what I want to do, a la the description in Millers' article, namely resampling the original WAV file at a different rate and according adjustment of the pitch?   OR, is it only the pro version of SoundForge, or the Adobe CoolEdit that will allow that?

I have tried to deduce the answer to my questions from Sony's and Adobe's web pages but they are not informative enough, and nobody I know does audio editing/re-recording.  OK, I know I can send my record to quite a number of places, at varying price levels, and get a CD from the record, but it would be fun to do it myself.

If you can help me, I'd be most appreciative.

Sincerely,

Clarke Hermance
Retired University Prof in ME, 
Combustion researcher, and
very amateur clarinetist


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