Friday, February 15, 2008
Cakewalks through time
So after a bit of assembly (I had to use a USB cable extension, since my computer station does not sit next to the stereo system), I installed the included Cakewalk Pyro 5 software. It's a lot like Audacity, except it records everything as .wav files and then burns them to CDs. It is quite easy to use. After navigating past a few menu selections, just create a file name, set the needle on the record, and start recording. Like Audacity, the screen displays the waveform for each track. I've only had time to record a few tracks, which were pretty clean - no hisses, crackles or pops, but apparently there's an option to "clean" these type of annoyances from the recordings. An entire album side can be recorded into a single file, which can then be split into individual tracks for saving. Due to lack of storage space I'll probably convert all the .wav files to .mp3 files and delete the originals.
Since the system records at real-time speeds, it's going to take quite some time to convert 250 or so LPs. But it sure is going to be a interesting trip down memory-lane, listening to all my music from the late 60s and early 70s. Within a few bars of each "new" tune, my musical "memory" brings it all back - often accompanied by intense images of where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing when I first heard it.
And I have not yet mastered the iPod.
I decided to try the latest version of Audacity - v. 3.0, and was pleased to see an input volume control, and the noise reduction plugins are somewhat more user-friendly.
There is only so much you can do, though, to "improve" the sound.
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