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Audacity's got a new version of the software out (1.3.10 beta) with several improved plug-ins, including a better noise removal algorithm.

I'm converting a couple of reel-to-reel and one 8-Track (yes, really) to CD. It's a challenge because the language on the tapes is Samoan, which naturally I do not speak, and noisy as Hell's kitchen. The level of ambient noise is very comparable to the level of the desirable signal, so any satisfactory amount of noise removal makes the voices sound like they're coming from the end of a long storm drain. I made it clear to the client that I can't take bad audio and make it good audio, but at least he'll be able to understand what's being said.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Audacity's got a new version of the software out (1.3.10 beta) with several improved plug-ins, including a better noise removal algorithm.

I'm converting a couple of reel-to-reel and one 8-Track (yes, really) to CD. It's a challenge because the language on the tapes is Samoan, which naturally I do not speak, and noisy as Hell's kitchen. The level of ambient noise is very comparable to the level of the desirable signal, so any satisfactory amount of noise removal makes the voices sound like they're coming from the end of a long storm drain. I made it clear to the client that I can't take bad audio and make it good audio, but at least he'll be able to understand what's being said.

Finally.

Apr. 10th, 2009 10:02 pm
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)

After more issues that I care to deal with again, I’m burning DVDs. As it turns out, I have to split the video between two discs since the whole three hour session came to just over 9gb, and I don’t have any double-sided discs.

That’s okay though. I’m seeing the end of this project, finally.

TMPGEnc was just the software I needed, though after first use it started throwing errors - or rather, vsfilter.dll started throwing errors. I haven’t had time to really investigate and a cursory Google search turned up - surpise! - nothing. Okay, next to nothing. The only "solution" I found wasn't really a solution, insofar as it didn't work. Again, that’s okay. When this project is over, I'll have time to investigate further.

The summary is that by tomorrow morning's Easter festivities at church, I'll have two discs - the second is in the burner right this minute - to give the pastor, and we can call this one done.  I need to invoice the church, even if it's all donated: I want to know, come year's end, exactly what I did this year.


Thoughts on the Linux box

Through this whole project, the Linux box has been a real trooper, allowing me to do day-job work while the primary box was rendering - or even blog entries like this one. I can't work as fast or efficiently, but some of that can be attributed to unfamiliar software and workflow.

Not ALL, mind you: some of it is that the box is eight years old and software for Linux is sorely trailing behind what's available for Windows. I've only found one code editor that allows remote open/save, Komodo, but it functions no better than Notepad in a lot of ways: no tag completion, no syntax hilighting (at least for classic ASP/VBscript), no Intellisense. Thankfully, I have most of VBScript, CSS and javascript syntaxes memorized, but I'm still typing a lot of stuff longhand and that slows a chap down.

Can't do video on this box; it's just too old and can't handle the throughput. There are precious few offerings anyway.  (Kino? Please. It's shit.) I got to thinking, though, that it would probably work just fine for audio recording, and there are good options for that for Linux. My first love is still the Windows box, but when it's busy and I have a hankerin' to lay down some tracks, why not plug in to ol' Tux and go?

I need some additional cabling and I think I can make a go of it. It's worth a try.





 

Finally.

Apr. 10th, 2009 10:02 pm
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)

After more issues that I care to deal with again, I’m burning DVDs. As it turns out, I have to split the video between two discs since the whole three hour session came to just over 9gb, and I don’t have any double-sided discs.

That’s okay though. I’m seeing the end of this project, finally.

TMPGEnc was just the software I needed, though after first use it started throwing errors - or rather, vsfilter.dll started throwing errors. I haven’t had time to really investigate and a cursory Google search turned up - surpise! - nothing. Okay, next to nothing. The only "solution" I found wasn't really a solution, insofar as it didn't work. Again, that’s okay. When this project is over, I'll have time to investigate further.

The summary is that by tomorrow morning's Easter festivities at church, I'll have two discs - the second is in the burner right this minute - to give the pastor, and we can call this one done.  I need to invoice the church, even if it's all donated: I want to know, come year's end, exactly what I did this year.


Thoughts on the Linux box

Through this whole project, the Linux box has been a real trooper, allowing me to do day-job work while the primary box was rendering - or even blog entries like this one. I can't work as fast or efficiently, but some of that can be attributed to unfamiliar software and workflow.

Not ALL, mind you: some of it is that the box is eight years old and software for Linux is sorely trailing behind what's available for Windows. I've only found one code editor that allows remote open/save, Komodo, but it functions no better than Notepad in a lot of ways: no tag completion, no syntax hilighting (at least for classic ASP/VBscript), no Intellisense. Thankfully, I have most of VBScript, CSS and javascript syntaxes memorized, but I'm still typing a lot of stuff longhand and that slows a chap down.

Can't do video on this box; it's just too old and can't handle the throughput. There are precious few offerings anyway.  (Kino? Please. It's shit.) I got to thinking, though, that it would probably work just fine for audio recording, and there are good options for that for Linux. My first love is still the Windows box, but when it's busy and I have a hankerin' to lay down some tracks, why not plug in to ol' Tux and go?

I need some additional cabling and I think I can make a go of it. It's worth a try.





 

mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Not a whole lot going on today in my world, at least, not till later. Having friends over for corned beef and veggies and a small house concert - this I am greatly looking forward to. I look for today's work day to be a quiet one, and I plan to leave early to grab a power nap before the festivities.

Picked up some Irish (supposedly) cheese, a sharp cheddar. It's very good. Very. Good.

Finished the Snoop vs. Red Baron audio this morning. If you're interested:




The young actor is ... let's say, inexperienced, and kind of painful to listen to, and there are some longish pauses for bits of stage business. I hope you listen to it in stereo - it's much more interesting that way.

mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Not a whole lot going on today in my world, at least, not till later. Having friends over for corned beef and veggies and a small house concert - this I am greatly looking forward to. I look for today's work day to be a quiet one, and I plan to leave early to grab a power nap before the festivities.

Picked up some Irish (supposedly) cheese, a sharp cheddar. It's very good. Very. Good.

Finished the Snoop vs. Red Baron audio this morning. If you're interested:




The young actor is ... let's say, inexperienced, and kind of painful to listen to, and there are some longish pauses for bits of stage business. I hope you listen to it in stereo - it's much more interesting that way.

mapsedge: (eyebrows up)
As an individual who does some musical recording in his basement - with the hopes of actually producing a CD - let me just say what a revelation and a joy compression is.

That's all. Just sitting here listening to a couple pieces of my own while I work. If you don't know what compression is, don't worry about it. Odds are, you won't need it today.
mapsedge: (eyebrows up)
As an individual who does some musical recording in his basement - with the hopes of actually producing a CD - let me just say what a revelation and a joy compression is.

That's all. Just sitting here listening to a couple pieces of my own while I work. If you don't know what compression is, don't worry about it. Odds are, you won't need it today.

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