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Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« on: August 10, 2017, 05:34:03 PM »
I've often been recording more than 2-mic, stereo recordings lately, and want to find an easy but versatile program for post production.
I am either running a right and left into my line in from the soundboard in addition to left and right mics (4 channels) or
I'm running a right and left from the soundboard into my line ins with a single mic for a crowd mix (3 channels).

What I need should be obvious to those who do this.  Essentially, I need to mix down to 2 channels, while properly blending the 3 or 4 recorded channels.

I am currently using Audacity, which I find to be a pain in the ass.  Suggestions would be nice, and free programs would be better than nice.

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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 09:03:35 PM »
I think Audacity is about it for free, without pirating something.

I have never used Reaper, but many others here do. If I was in the market, that is what I would check out first. https://www.reaper.fm/
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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2017, 08:36:51 AM »
Wavelab6 is great for matrixing shows!! 
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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2017, 08:42:29 AM »
Audacity is so easy...import your files...slide them into sync, mix to taste using the fader- and export...

Pretty you wont find an easier workflow...
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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2017, 06:38:56 PM »
Audacity is so easy...import your files...slide them into sync, mix to taste using the fader- and export...

Pretty you wont find an easier workflow...

But OP clearly doesn't agree, and is looking for other recommendations, so...

Reaper.  That is always my answer.  Easy to use, very inexpensive, runs on everything, no arbitrary track count or other limitations.
Here are some helpful links specific to concert editing.

I don't know of anything else free besides Audacity which is a great app, but compared to a full-out DAW like Reaper it becomes cumbersome to use as track counts increase.
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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2017, 08:56:25 PM »
Despite the fact that he runs Schoeps and therefore is generally suspect, this is true.

Top post reply is for you, jables.

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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2017, 09:10:20 PM »
Can you even get a legal copy of Wavelab6 these days? They are up to V9, and it is ~10X the cost of Reaper.
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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2017, 01:31:54 PM »
I appreciate all the suggestions.
I'm not against using Audacity, as I am broke and prefer a free program at this time.  The thing is, I haven't yet figured out how to do it.
Editing a stereo (2-track) recording is easy.  I do what I need to and end up with a 2-track stereo recording, just as I started.  Now that I'm doing 3 and 4 tracks, I need to "blend" the tracks.  In the case where I record 3 tracks, the third is a mic used for audience/ambiance and needs to be added to both the right an left tracks from the soundboard.  In the case of the 4 tracks, they are mostly 2 from the board and 2 mics on stage...and I need to mix the rights and the lefts, etc.  I'm new to recording more than 2 channels, which is why I'm asking for help.
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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2017, 01:38:10 PM »
Reaper. If it's not a good time to spend $60 it will continue to function unrestricted.
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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2017, 02:12:57 PM »
There's a sticky in the "Read Me First" in this post-processing topic....Audacity specific.  Morst did a great job outlining the steps you need to take...

http://taperssection.com/index.php/topic,103031.msg1373822.html#msg1373822

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Re: Program For Mixing 3 or 4 Channels Into 2
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2017, 02:58:52 PM »
Thanks so much!  I look forward to trying this   :)
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