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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2016, 11:13:40 PM »
You can repair and make adjustments at the track level, then run other processing on the master bus to tie it all together.

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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2016, 01:39:43 PM »
A Windows 10 update temporarily hosed my Wavelab 6 and therefore I downloaded and poked around a little in Reaper.  I obviously do not the patience to work through the learning curve.  It was not intuitive for me at all but I have also only ever used Soundforge and Wavelab which are both very GUI-point-and-click oriented.

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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2016, 05:41:06 PM »
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Samplitude

I originally bought into Samplitude back in '06 (version 10) because it was one of the few "one stop shops" in which I could do all workflow processing in one program, from editing to mixing, tracking and CD/DVD burning, and because the V10 Mastering version included their Cleaning & Restoration Suite, with advanced spectral-editing, noise-reduction and other tools comparable to Izotope RX.  It's "big brother" program, Sequoia, is well regarded and a common choice of professional mastering services.  Although Sequoia is a much more costly program targeting mastering professionals, the two have grown comparable in most features over the years and these days Samp pretty much does everything audio related most of us will ever need - including advanced support for my multi-channel surround recording stuff.  It seems to be more commonly used for non-mastering work (recording/mixing) in Europe than in the US.  The developers are German, and it seems to reflect the German engineering approach we've come to expect from fine German microphones and cars- excellent performance, thorough features, somewhat complex. 

Like other similarly advanced software it has a pretty significant learning curve and a unique workflow.  Honestly I have not used it extensively enough over the years to really feel comfortable in it, but I've been able to achieve whatever I need, given time to figure it out.  It's an extremely capable audio multi-track and WAV editor primarily, although it's MIDI features (which I've never used) have also grown very extensive.  It was one of the earlier DAW softwares to offer non-destructive editing, and it's "object-oriented" approach is still somewhat unique, although other software may now offer similar functionality.  Basically all editing, eq, effects, time-stretching , routing, and whatever else can be done at "object level" as well as at the "track level".  Those applications can "move with the object" wherever it is copied or moved in the project.  It's a highly flexible approach, once one knows their way around the program.

I'm currently evaluating a 30 day trial upgrade to Samplitude X3 Pro (basically version 14), which includes a new more advanced version of the Cleaning & Restoration Suite as well as SoundForge Pro (Samplitude's parent company Magix bought Sony's audio software catalog last spring), high-quality built in eq's and dynamics, and a bunch of stuff I'll rarely use such as a large sampler library, an advanced guitar/bass amplifier modeler, and advanced effects suites.  It also includes native Dolby digital encoding, unfortunately DTS encoding is not built-in.

The non-Pro version does not include the advanced version of the Cleaning & Restoration Suite, but does include less advanced versions of the same tools which may be applied at object level, nor does it include SoundForge Pro (not yet sure how the integral editing features of Samp and the editing features of SoundForge compare/overlap - I'm not a SoundForge user), and includes a less extensive sample library.  It may not include the virtual amp modeling and affects suits, which we'd typically not use for what we are doing anyway.

I've recommended Reaper to many, based on it's abilities and very low cost, but have not used it myself.  At this point I have enough accumulated knowledge about Samplitude work processes that I feel switching to something different may be more painful than productive, and the $300 upgrade price from my current X (v11) license seems to the X3 Pro version seems reasonable when the inclusion of the  Izotope_RX-like Advanced Cleaning & Restoration Suite is figured in.  For new non-upgrade licenses, I think the standard version is currently $300 and the Pro version $600.  Not sure of cross-grade incentives.

It's Windows only.  The trail version I'm currently assessing has run fine so far on a Win10 machine.   I run my original V10 installation on a WinXP laptop.
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2016, 06:59:48 PM »
Ok, this will possibly sound like a stupid question because my mixing & editing  is not as advanced as you all.

So the question is I have 4-6 tracks recorded obviously and I want to bring them all together in one program, but each mic may or may not have picked up something I want to get rid of. Is there a way to repair all the tracks or select what I wish to work on.

Most of my work when I edit is cut & trim to take beginning dialog and end dialog out. Usually one set of mics may get overloaded so I work only on that track(s) But sometimes I need to clean up all of them at once. Like if I'm at a location or major event and there is another event going on next door. So I may pick up some muffled chatter. That being said, sometimes one mic picks it up more that the others & so forth. But I have found that if I just use a cutoff filter it thins out the gongs sound. So in past (which takes much longer) I clean up the worst tracks 1st, working my way to the better ones next then blend them in & clean up afterwards.

This can take hours upon hours.   :banging head:

Some audience is fine but talking or laughing really ruins the piece especially if from elsewhere leaking in.

So the questions are: do you combine & then repair or work separately. My ole' skool mind is still stuck in razor blades & block land (yes I still know how to do that). :smash:

Still learning processes in my spare time.

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3. iZotope RX - Spectral Noise Reduction to reduce steady-state background noise.  Typically needed for most of my indoor recordings because of HVAC noise; usually not needed for outdoor.
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2016, 01:58:58 AM »
How do I import 2 stereo tracks into a reaper project?

Do I have to separate stereo files to mono before importing?

Does anyone have a simple aud + sbd workflow for reaper they could share?
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2016, 06:29:40 AM »
How do I import 2 stereo tracks into a reaper project?

Do I have to separate stereo files to mono before importing?

Does anyone have a simple aud + sbd workflow for reaper they could share?

Just drag and drop them in.  If you select two or more files and drag them in together, Reaper will ask if you want them starting at the same time on separate tracks or arranged sequentially on one track.  Nothing special has to be done with stereo tracks.  You'll just notice that in a mono track there is one waveform, while in stereo of course it draws two.  It's automatically detected; nothing for you to do.

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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2016, 08:48:22 AM »
I have mainly used WL for the last 12+ years or so, and sometimes use SF Pro to do the Resampling/Dithering with iZotope and that's it! WL does everything else! I've used CEP & Samplitude back in the day as well, and WL/SoundForge have always been my favorite 2 programs for editing audio! As always, YMMV! I've never used Audacity, but I am going to DL it and check it out soon, BUT, WL is my FAVORITE for 2 reasons!
#1 It can work with HUGE 24/96 WAV/BWF files UP TO 4GB! Unlike every other program out there that typically has a 2GB limit ;)
#2 Unlike some programs, WL has real-time editing, meaning that you can hear the changes in settings INSTANTLY, instead of having to save the file first before listening to the changes ;) When I need to EQ something, I want to hear it in REAL-time, without having to save it first!!! This is an awesome feature, and SF has this as well! I'm sure other high-end programs like WL/SF have this feature too, but I do remember someone saying that Audacity DID NOT have real-time editing. However, like I said, I've never used Audacity so I can't verify that as of right now!

Here's my workflow:

WL 6.11[You can add a lot of stereo tracks and align them individually with WL's "Audio Montage" if doing a Matrix]. But I use WL when I need to Matrix something, and add Fades + Gain[which is every set I tape] or  JUST when I need to Dither[using MBIT+] a 24/44.1 file to 16/44.1 ->>>
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2016, 06:43:25 PM »
I've never used Audacity, but I am going to DL it and check it out soon

I posted this thread originally before I started using my 4-channel rig.  I tried a number of programs but never decided on any one in particular.

I attended two festivals the past three weekends so I finally have new 4 channel material to process.  Coincidentally, this week I had a used laptop fall into my - uh, lap - and I decided to put Linux (Mint) on it.  Audacity is available for Linux so I installed that, and figured I should put the program on my main Windows machine as well.  I spent quite a few hours last night working up a New Mastersounds set in Audacity, and I think I can make that program work for me.  None of the others I tried seemed as intuitive for the way my brain is wired.
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2016, 02:38:46 AM »
As you're on Linux (Mint), do yourself a favour and try Ardour (plus the free CALF and Invada plugin suites). Ardour v4 is in the official repositories for Mint / Ubuntu. The current version (v5) can be downloaded from the official website. It's pretty similar to Samplitude or ProTools. The only drawback I found so far is the timestretch / resample function which only lets you stretch the tracks visually (instead of defining some specific timestretch factor manually). The amount of features can be quite overwhelming for a newbie, but it's absolutely worth putting some effort in getting familiar with this software.
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2016, 03:15:58 AM »
Reaper, hands down best for price.

Non destructive multitrack. VST host. Good bundled plugins. Free, uncrippled trial. $70 purchase price.

I've used Audacity, don't care for it. Own Soundforge, find myself in Reaper unless I need a pencil tool.

Nope. Audacity, at FREE, is better FOR THE PRICE, due to something called an ASYMPTOTE!
Audacity runs on mac/win/lin and is free as in FREE.

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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #25 on: October 24, 2016, 08:06:16 PM »
Reaper, hands down best for price.

Non destructive multitrack. VST host. Good bundled plugins. Free, uncrippled trial. $70 purchase price.

I've used Audacity, don't care for it. Own Soundforge, find myself in Reaper unless I need a pencil tool.

Nope. Audacity, at FREE, is better FOR THE PRICE, due to something called an ASYMPTOTE!
Audacity runs on mac/win/lin and is free as in FREE.

I do EVERYTHING I can in Audacity. At times, I've used legal versions of Protools project, Digital Performer, and presently have a legit version of SoundForge, but I choose to do whatever I possibly can in a free, open-source solution whenever possible.

Seriously, an asymptote:lol:

Reaper or any other full-out DAW has far more capabilities as a multitrack recording / editing program, so you really are getting a lot more for the money you spend.  That said, I still use Audacity regularly.  I like to do limiting and global level adjustments on individual tracks there before exporting as a new file and popping into Reaper for all the actual editing.  Mostly because I find the big waveform view easy to work with.

Where Audacity quickly hits the wall in functionality for me is in a project where I need to do simultaneous edits on more than two tracks.  In Reaper, I can quickly drop markers, select multiple tracks at those marker points, split them all at that point, draw fades on all of them simultaneously, adjust the shape of said fades globally or individually for the sound I want, easily crossfade edit, automatically convert the markers to regions, which can then be auto-rendered out to tracks (see my earlier post about SWS extensions above).  Then there's the many other useful things you can do, like use snapping for selection points and aligning individual items, draw automation envelopes, customize the signal routing, create nested sub-mixes, etc.  That's just barely scratching the surface.  Audacity, great as it is, either cannot do those things at all, or makes them very difficult to do in a multi-track project.  Even making a simple mid-side matrix in Audacity is cumbersome.  If they would finally update the interface and put in a mixer view, that would help things.

The other big reason I need a "real" DAW is I do lots of MIDI sequencing projects, which Audacity cannot do.

So yes, Audacity is great for what it is, but it you cannot compare it to a full-featured DAW; it's not even close.  Now, if it does everything you need, there's no reason for you to look elsewhere.
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #26 on: October 24, 2016, 09:17:17 PM »

The other big reason I need a "real" DAW is I do lots of MIDI sequencing projects, which Audacity cannot do.

So yes, Audacity is great for what it is, but it you cannot compare it to a full-featured DAW; it's not even close.  Now, if it does everything you need, there's no reason for you to look elsewhere.

So lets not compare it that way! MIDI isn't particularly relevant to most of us.

AUDACITY is still the best entry product  - especially in a hobby where there's lots of guys who never made it beyond DAT>CD processes.

It's all you need for most rock band 4 channel efforts...and the perfect companion for todays 4+ channel recorders.

Its better than "good enough" - but it may not be "the best"

The fact that it functions -mostly- the same across various platforms expands the user/knowledge base.

One of the best of the old Open Source projects!

Once you start recording multi-track to PC (like more than 4 channels) - then a real DAW becomes mandatory.

But for traditional AUD+SBD or 2+2 AUD mixes - it has all you need.
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2016, 08:09:52 PM »
Trying Reaper now

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Audacity from time to time

Was using Audition but switched to RX5 which after some time using it I am finding it much more robust!!! :headphones:
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2017, 03:10:24 PM »
I use Nuendo 3.0 for multi-track mixing. Sound Forge is my preferred editing/mastering software, which can do just about anything you want to a two track audio file. The Clip Reduction plugin to Sound Forge regularly saves my butt when levels are clipped. I'm planning on upgrading my computer to Windows 10, and since Nuendo upgrades are really expensive, I'm looking at getting Samplitude Pro because it bundles Sound Forge with it. I tried Audacity, and was horrified at how crude it is compared to Nuendo. Also it doesn't include ASIO capability because ASIO is actually proprietary (written by Steinberg). You can recompile Audacity with ASIO support, but that's way to o much trouble. n-track is not much better. Reaper is sophisticated and by all accounts a good deal for $70, but I never liked how it does things. The problem is after you get used to one DAW program, in takes a big learning curve to change to some other DAW package.
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Re: What multi-track software are you using?
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2017, 12:29:37 PM »
Adobe Audition 3.0.1

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