With the right tools it is both fun and easy. With Blaze Audio’s RipEditBurn Plus I had a great time.
Do you want to change the pitch? Let’s say you need to retune a song so you can sing along with it, but you don’t want to change the tempo. RipEditBurn Plus makes it easy. Load the file, then click on Effects->Pitch/Frequency Changer to bring up the dialog box. The slider allows you to change the pitch up to two octaves. If necessary you can click on the slider knob and use the right and left arrow keys to set the pitch to exactly what you want.
How about another example- you want to change the tempo without changing the pitch. Very simple- just use the Tempo/Speed changer. If you only want to change part of the audio file, select the part you want to change and then use whichever tool that you want to use.
Removing noise is a major issue with audio files, and there are a number of ways to accomplish that. There may be a 60 cycle hum, or a high pitched sound. Either way, the equalizer can filter out the noise. Select Effects->Equalize, and use the controls to adjust each part of the frequency spectrum. Make sure you have a copy of the original file in case you don’t like the results you get. Noise Gate, Notch Filter, Low Pass, Bass Boost, and Sound Warmer all use special presets for equalization.
There are times when a speech goes on and on and on and on, and sometimes we need to listen to it quickly. Go to Effects->Tempo/Speed changer, move the slider to the right, and presto- it’s faster. Alternatively, if somebody speaks too fast and you need to transcribe their words, just move the slider to the left to slow it down. Magic!
As time goes on I’ll be posting more information here about how to make great recordings and use editors to make less than great recordings sound great.
by Tom Jeffries, Chief Blazing Officer at Blaze Audio
Tom is a former professional musician who has been running companies that develop audio software for 34 years. He studied with Charlie Schlueter as principal trumpet Minnesota Orchestra for four years. Charlie Schlueter went on to do 25 years as principal trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tom also played principal trumpet for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and principal trumpet for the San Jose Orchestra.