Audio Recording and Editing

Please be aware of any applicable restrictions to digitization projects that involve copyrighted materials.  In most cases, you must be the owner of the physical item that is to be digitized or "ripped."  See the Notice on Copyright posted in the lab or on this website (link).

Audio Recording (From cassettes, LPs, CDs, notation software)

There are two options for recording (or "capturing") audio into a software program such as Soundforge or Audacity:

I.  The Music Lab Control Room sends the signal to the computer workstation

  1. The student worker will route the item (cassette, LP, etc.) from the Control Room to your media tower and computer.

  2. Have the student worker help you set up the computer and software program to properly capture the audio signal.
      
  3. Ensure that you have the correct channel selected and the lower switch set to "media tower."

  4. Standard audio recording for burning to audio CDs is stereo, 44.1 kHz, 16 bit depth.  Ask the student worker or the music/multimedia librarian about other standards.

  5. Set up the audio software for recording (i.e. "arm" the recording window) and coordinate with the student worker to begin the audio source playback.

  6. Ensure that a signal is coming from the Music Lab Control Room and showing up in the audio software program.

  7. There are multiple audio file formats that can be saved, including: .mp3, .wav, .aiff, .wma, .ogg, .mpg, .acc

  8. MP3 players often require the .mp3 format, although other formats can often be read.

  9. When "burning" the files to audio CD, choose the .wav format for higher quality.

II.  The signal is sent from the workstation to the computer

  1. Open the recording software (Soundforge or Audacity) and then the properties feature.

  2. Select the "Line In" option, not the "Microphone" option.

  3. For cassettes and audio CDs (played from the media tower) ensure that you have the correct channel selected and the lower switch set to "media tower."

  4. For audio projects on the computer (Sibelius, Finale, etc.) ensure that you have the lower switch set to "computer."

  5. Standard audio recording for burning to audio CDs is 44.1 kHz, 16 bit depth.  Ask the student worker or the music/multimedia librarian about other standards and formats.

  6. Set up the audio software for recording (i.e. "arm" the recording window) and begin recording before you start playback of the original item (cassette, CD, project, etc.).

  7. Ensure that a signal is showing up in the audio software program.

  8. There are multiple audio file formats that can be saved, including: .mp3, .wav, .aiff, .wma, .ogg, .mpg, .acc

  9. MP3 players often require the .mp3 format, although other formats can often be read.

  10. When "burning" the files to audio CD, choose the .wav format for higher quality.

Audio Editing (Soundforge or Audacity)

  1. Excellent results can occur from even the slightest amount of editing a captured audio file. 

  2. Do not hesitate to ask the student worker or music/multimedia librarian for assistance and suggestions for editing your audio project.

  3. There are many possiblities in how you can change your captured audio file to meet your needs.  Some of the basic editing techniques include:
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