Mixing Program Suggestions?
Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:53 PM
If anyone has suggestions and might be willing to help me out with whatever program I get I'd really appreciate it!
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cons: it eats up your computer space like no other. it doesn't have actual destructive editing, meaning that it will make copies of every new audio "version." if you have tiny little edits you want to make, it's pretty difficult to do them since pro tools is designed more for larger and overarching edits. it is a pretty large program in general so having one laptop for it can get difficult at times. when i use it for school, it's always with two monitors on a giant RAID (meaning lots of RAM). of course, there is one editing track panel that is all you REALLY need, but it's nice to have the mixer as well to have better control of levels.
i really think audition is much better for music-related stuff for a more laidback environment (like VH! or just producing most music in general). it gives you the option of waveform editing so that you can take a chunk of audio and dissect it amazingly well. things like spectral editor and just the zoom function in general on the waveform editor can help you take out blips in your audio that were annoying you. audition also gives you the option of ultra-control. pro tools, while a bit more user friendly, kind of does the work for you at times. audition gives you that choice as well, but also gives you the choice to really control your plugins and automations to a T. it's amazingly great for more math-oriented people. if you learn even a bit about the science of, say, compression and reverb, then you can control it to exactly how you want it with audition. like pro tools, it has a pretty good automation system (though its editing of it could be better). it also has a multi-track editor, which is what pro tools only has. the waveform editor is amazing. fer reals. and you can take whatever you edited in the waveform editor and plug it back into the multitrack (which is where you will probably do all your into program recording)
cons: audition 5.5 is missing a lot of essential features that previous versions had and apparently has a much clunkier interface as well. i don't really know since i started with 5.5, but if you can get your hands on version 3 without paying a ton of money, it might be a better choice for you. audition does have destructive edits, so while you don't need as much RAM for it, it will save over previous versions. (it has an awesome history list of things you've recently done, though, so you can easily just click back to what you did 10 minutes ago if you preferred it!)
edit: also - sound forge. i have never used this personally but took a music tech class that taught me a bunch of different programs. my professor LOVED sound forge. he's an incredibly knowledgable guy and swore by adobe audition (3, not 5.5) and sound forge. he edited a lot of things in sound forge, including shaping the actual wave of the audio to get smoother sound (though this can take a lot of time to do and by hand). it has great spectral analysis (annoying hum of your computer fan? it can determine that frequency and take it pretty cleanly out with naked sound! even pro tools and audition leave some of that digital residue, though it can usually be masked by backtrack music). it has some of the better time and pitch editing of all the programs (still leaves some of that annoying digital glitch, though all digital mixers will do that to you - it just does it better). one of the best features of it is that it can do so much with making something happen over time, meaning you can automate, say, reverb, and have it do it over X amount of time (want to sustain reverb for X amount of time only to have it reduced by X amount over X amount of time).
hope this helps!
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:38 PM
I'd recommend Sony Acid and/or Adobe Audition. I find Acid easier to record in and mix more basic stuff in. But for special effects and compression etc I use audition.
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If you want something free there's Audacity, otherwise have fun getting stuff through the back alley *cough*
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