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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2009, 11:28:00 PM »
Don't know much about SF, but what you want to do is extremely easy to do with any multitrack software out there (DAWs). Personally my DAW of choise is Cubase and I use Wavelab for treating single stereo files, mastering and simple edits, but any mixing is done in Cubase.

So I guess the answer to your question is yes, it is very easy and possible to do. But perhaps not with SF:(.
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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2009, 08:41:59 PM »
OK, the rest of this seems pretty easy but I must be missing something simple - how do you do this step?

"Put all four of your tracks into a single quad track file"

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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2009, 09:10:20 PM »
I haven't figured out how to put them all in a single 4 track file after the fact, but it works great if you record a file in the 4x1 mode on the R-44. I've recorded with hypers on channels 1&2, and omni's on channels 3&4. In post I've mixed them 100% for channels 1&2, 75-80% channels 3&4 and they have come out sweet.

I've tried the 60%-40% mix as JD recommended, but what it does is actually lower the volume of the entire mix because your only taking 60% of this one and mixing it with only 40% of the other, so with some experimentation I've found that I've wanted 100% of the hyper recording, mixed with 75-80% of the omni's and it sounds great. This assumes that your levels aren't too hot to start out with or the resulting mix will be clipped, but it's worked out well for me.
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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2009, 11:20:53 PM »
Thanks for the tip, Myco.  Glad to know I'm not the only one who can't figure it out.   ;D  Unfortunately, I recorded 2 x 2 on the R4

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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2009, 04:12:50 AM »
If you don't have wavelab, really should try reaper.fm. You can really mix tracks easily.  $60 buys you a full licsence as well.

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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2009, 09:45:19 AM »
Thanks for the tip, Myco.  Glad to know I'm not the only one who can't figure it out.   ;D  Unfortunately, I recorded 2 x 2 on the R4

Depending on your levels, you might try the simple Mix function and see how it sounds for the 2 x 2 file. For some shows I haven't liked it, but for my last show I did this and it came out nice. I posted this show in the kickdown section and it's up on LMA if you wanna check out how it sounds. It's the NWG2009-10-31 Halloween show.
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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2009, 10:12:49 AM »
wavelab's montage is a piece of cake ;)

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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2009, 10:23:15 AM »
It's cool that a lot of people use other programs and they work great and all, but when you already have one program that is supposed to do the job you'd usually like to try and make it work before you go out and buy a new program. A number of people have chimed in and said try this, or try that, it's cheap and all that, but really this question is geared only to Soundforge 9.0 users who know how to use this program, anything else posted here, while certainly appreciated, is just clutter.

Thanks.  ;D
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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2009, 12:13:56 PM »
but really this question is geared only to Soundforge 9.0 users who know how to use this program

But I will politely add, and then bow out, it doesn't work.

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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2009, 01:31:11 PM »
duly noted, thanks.
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Re: Sound Forge 9.0 multi-channel mixing question
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2009, 01:51:43 PM »
I use SF9 to mix four tracks down to 2 using the "channel converter" function.

Put all four of your tracks into a single quad track file, do any alignment needed. Then use the channel converter by selecting a percentage of each source (file) to go to either output 1 or output 2. (You must have the channel converter set for two output files.)

Example;
40% source 1 to output 1, 0%   to output 2
0%   source 2 to output 1, 40% to output 2
60% source 3 to output 1, 0%   to output 2
0%   source 4 to output 1, 60% to output 2

In this case sources 1&2 and 3&4 would be stereo files with 1&3 being the left channels and 2&4 being the right.

You can then sample the mix, although it only lets you listen to about 10 seconds.
I then just play around with the percentages until I find a mix that sounds like what I am after, then press OK to mix the tracks.


Kind of awkward the first time around, but it works.

JD

BTW (adressed to no one in particular), the above recommendation from JD does work for SF9, I have used it ,and it has worked very well assuming that you have recorded your file using the 4 x 1 option.

I have also used the "Mix" function found in the "Edit" dropdown on some files recorded using the 2 x 2 option and had some success with some shows. To do this you copy one of the stereo files, go to the other file and use  "Edit>Paste>Mix" function.

So it is possible to mix multi-channel sources in SF9. Is it as intuitive as other programs out there, probably not. I've been told that there are certainly easier programs out there to accomplish this, but if you already have SF9 and you want to accomplish a 4 channel mix just use JD's instructions and adjust the percentages you mix to suit your ears.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2009, 02:33:33 PM by Myco »
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