Ripping Software, Adobe Audtion, Audacity & others....

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Just wondering what people are using to rip their tapes etc

I use Adobe Audition 3 which I got for free with the key code from the adobe site when they gave it out for free yrs ago by mistake really, I also
use Audacity.

I know Audition 3 is very old software but it seems to do the job, it takes a while to set up at first and a little while to suss out all the features, but I often wonder what the new version is like (is anyone using it?) the new one is so expensive, hence I've never tried it just incase I like it ...

Obviously Audacity is a free proggy and its quite easy to use once you get used to it, but I have always found it a bit slow & clunky compared to Audition 3.
I like how easy the noise reduction is to use in Audacity compared to Audition, but to be honest its very rare these days that I use the hiss reduction or noise reduction
in either proggy.
When I first started ripping tapes I used to spend hrs trying to get the sets really clean, has people were always asking for hiss free, but it can turn into a biy of a merry go round,
and imo it can really ruin the sound, these days I like to keep the recording has true has possible, the only time I do use hiss or noise reduction is if the tape is really bad..
Obviously the sound quality can have many factors, EG you set up, the age of the tape, tape heads being clean and so on, I always make sure my mouse is unplugged, my internet is turned off, and make sure my power cables are not touching, all of which can create noise on the recording.

Years ago I used to use Soundforge which was given to me by a mate, I found it to be very glitchy and it would crash for no apparent reason or it would have big sound drop outs
throughout the set, at first I thought it was my pc that I was using at the time, so I checked it on a couple of other pcs with higher specs and it was exactly the same, thats were I ended up trying Adobe, which at the time needed a higher spec Soundforge, tbh the once I had set up Adobe it ran perfect so soundforge went in the bin, I have no idea what Soundforge is like these days...

I often wonder which is the better one now because my copy of Audition is so old they dont do any updates for it other than bringing out new software.

Anyway it would be good to hear what other people are using (y)
 

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I have audacity, Adobe audition CS6 and serato.

I mainly use Adobe for editing (clipping, normalising, click eliminating etc)

I used to have audition 3 too. Nice program, think it used to be called cool edit pro
 
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I suppose it depends on what you get used to.

Back in what seems another life, Goldwave was the thing....... but then Cool Edit came along and I found that better.

As you say, this morphed into Adobe Audition and it sadly lost some of the key things I used to use Cool Edit for, unless I just don't know how to do it in the newer versions. The main one was that in Cool Edit you could press (I think) shift and a right arrow and it would auto-find the next kick or spike. That was a godsend for looping things in my view. I don't think you can do it any more.

But I got used to Audition. The "Normalise to -0.1" is handy, the various "favourite" tools like "autoheal" over blips and pops is neat, nose reduction detection to sample and removal of that spectrum from the rest of the file, etc are efficient - as are the "batch convert" utilities. You can set up various things, apply some tools, specify conversion rates, etc, and, like I did, convert scores of "wav" format files to FLAC whilst I go out and get the shopping in.

Audacity is okay, it gets a lot of jobs done for next to nothing, if not nothing, but despite trying it for a while, my "go to" is always Audition.
 
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I suppose it depends on what you get used to.

Back in what seems another life, Goldwave was the thing....... but then Cool Edit came along and I found that better.

As you say, this morphed into Adobe Audition and it sadly lost some of the key things I used to use Cool Edit for, unless I just don't know how to do it in the newer versions. The main one was that in Cool Edit you could press (I think) shift and a right arrow and it would auto-find the next kick or spike. That was a godsend for looping things in my view. I don't think you can do it any more.

But I got used to Audition. The "Normalise to -0.1" is handy, the various "favourite" tools like "autoheal" over blips and pops is neat, nose reduction detection to sample and removal of that spectrum from the rest of the file, etc are efficient - as are the "batch convert" utilities. You can set up various things, apply some tools, specify conversion rates, etc, and, like I did, convert scores of "wav" format files to FLAC whilst I go out and get the shopping in.

Audacity is okay, it gets a lot of jobs done for next to nothing, if not nothing, but despite trying it for a while, my "go to" is always Audition.
One thing I have noticed this yr is everytime windows gets an update I have to go into Adobe & re - set up my recording settings, it looses its recording channel, and it also changes the recordings to mono :mad: not sure why it does that