Digitization 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).


Digitization (From cassettes, LPs, CDs, notation software)

I. The LP/CD listening station.

  1. Locate the LP/CD listening station in the southwest corner of the Media Lab next to the LP collection.
  2. Have the student worker help you set up the computer and software program to properly capture the audio signal.
  3. Set up the audio software for recording (i.e. "arm" the record window).
  4. Ensure that an audio signal is actively displayed in the record window before starting the recording.
  5. Start the recording before the playback of the original source.
  6. 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.
  7. When burning the files to audio CD, choose the .wav format for higher quality.
  8. When not creating an audio CD, multiple audio file formats that can be saved, including: .mp3, .wav, .aiff, .wma, .ogg, .mpg, .acc
  9. Create appropriate metadata for your computer file through iTunes or other music playback software.

II. Audio Editing (Wavelab 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 possibilities in how you can change your captured audio file to meet your needs. Some of the basic editing techniques include:
    1. normalization (boosting or reducing the volume to increase strength or eliminate distortion)
      cut undesired silent sections
    2. fade in and fade out
    3. re-arrange sections by copying, cutting, and pasting; much like editing a Word document
    4. crop the file to create an excerpt

III. Convert Audio Formats using AVS4You software.

  1. The AVS Audio Converter offers multiple format conversions.
  2. Do not hesitate to ask the student worker or music/multimedia librarian for assistance.