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MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« on: September 13, 2009, 11:46:33 AM »
hate to do this but apparently i suck at the internet now that i'm using a mac...i've tried many searches but maybe i'm not using the right language

i have a wave file that i would like to track....any links / basic workflow tips are appreciated

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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2009, 11:55:23 AM »
thats what sucks about being on a MAC. there is nothing like CDWAVE.

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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 12:07:19 PM »
What about the s/w you're using for editing...does it not provide the ability to track?
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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009, 01:22:23 PM »
What about the s/w you're using for editing...does it not provide the ability to track?

maybe, but like i said i'm not hip to all the mac lingo...i'm sure it's in there somewhere

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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2009, 02:50:00 PM »
Try Audacity.
Or Amadeus.
Or Fission.
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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009, 08:33:35 PM »
There is no substitute for a Mac. 

If you are willing to pay, I use Sound Studio 3 and LOVE IT.  Does EVERYTHING I need and from my memory of using CDWave years ago, you don't miss a beat.  It's $79.

For free, try Audacity.  I have it as an option, but haven't messed with it much.

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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2009, 09:32:00 PM »
I use Sound Studio 3...really long and generous trial period so I'd at least try that out. Here's how I track once you have the file open...

1) Command-0 will zoom out to see the full waveform in the window. Zoom in using Command-+ until you can pick out more or less where individual songs begin (Command-- will zoom back out one step).
2) Click to position the cursor where the song begins. Hit space to start playing, and use the arrow keys to move the cursor around until you're exactly where you want to split the first track (space will always start playing from the cursor, so you can keep moving around and hitting space to find the exact spot you want).
3) Make sure the cursor is stopped and hit Command-M to drop your first marker.
4) Repeat steps 2 & 3 for the rest of your markers. Add fade-in/fade-outs as desired as well (under the Filter menu).
5) Click Edit > Split by Markers, choose your output folder, and watch the program churn away as it splits your files.

That'll get you tracked files. Then fire up xACT (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14246) to encode and fix SBE's in one step on the "fix SBE" tab - just drop the tracked files there, select FLAC as your output, hit "Fix" and you're golden.
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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2009, 09:38:38 PM »
I use Sound Studio 3...really long and generous trial period so I'd at least try that out. Here's how I track once you have the file open...

1) Command-0 will zoom out to see the full waveform in the window. Zoom in using Command-+ until you can pick out more or less where individual songs begin (Command-- will zoom back out one step).
2) Click to position the cursor where the song begins. Hit space to start playing, and use the arrow keys to move the cursor around until you're exactly where you want to split the first track (space will always start playing from the cursor, so you can keep moving around and hitting space to find the exact spot you want).
3) Make sure the cursor is stopped and hit Command-M to drop your first marker.
4) Repeat steps 2 & 3 for the rest of your markers. Add fade-in/fade-outs as desired as well (under the Filter menu).
5) Click Edit > Split by Markers, choose your output folder, and watch the program churn away as it splits your files.

That'll get you tracked files. Then fire up xACT (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14246) to encode and fix SBE's in one step on the "fix SBE" tab - just drop the tracked files there, select FLAC as your output, hit "Fix" and you're golden.

^^^ what he said.

I did take advantage of the generous full trial period before I paid for it.  It was plenty of time to get comfortable with the software.  Now I don't think I could use anything else like I once thought CDWAVE was the end all.

xACT is fantastic as well.  Really enjoy that software.
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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2009, 09:40:50 AM »
There's an OS X version of Ardour, too:
http://ardour.org/

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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2009, 09:15:00 PM »
I like fission... it costs but my buddy willed me a copy  ;) I also like Audacity, but some times it is actually too much. I use it only if there is a lot of post to be had... Fission is pretty easy and it guides you and prompts you a bit on what to do.

xAct is the best for encoding IMHO.
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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2009, 10:52:24 PM »
the downside to audacity is you can not move or delete a label marker once you place it and make the next "command" so if you get to the end and find out somethings wrong you have to start over
otherwise its pretty easy
convert to 16/44.1 (if you have a files thats something else)
set the "play line" where you want the marker (label audacity calls it)
hit shift b
once you have all your markers goto export muli
name the files and bam
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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2009, 09:41:55 AM »
thats what sucks about being on a MAC. there is nothing like CDWAVE.

i've been doing just fine without CDWAVE for over 10 years!

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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2009, 09:42:57 AM »
CDWAVE is the only reason I run Parallels with a virtual copy of Windows ;)
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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2009, 09:48:04 AM »
thats what sucks about being on a MAC. there is nothing like CDWAVE.

i've been doing just fine without CDWAVE for over 10 years!
Gasp! I've never even used CDWAVE.
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Re: MAC NEWBIE needs help tracking a 16/44 wave file
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2009, 08:09:36 PM »
+T's all around.  I'm back from my hell week last week and Atlanta this past weekend to blow off some steam / see some old friends.

Came home with a slightly flawed MMW pull from the Variety.  Great show, but I'll have to omit some passages due to the wook in front of me shaking the mic stand with his wookness....ok it was my fault for leaving it so close to his chair.  lesson learned

seriously, thanks for the input guys....i'm off to see the wizard

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