Editing Audio Files

By now you should have good takes for each track, or multiple takes that can be edited into one good take. Hopefully this will give you enough information to dive into editing audio. It is not hard.

As you have probably noticed when you were recording, you can have multiple files loaded into RipEditBurn Plus. Use File->Open to load any recordings you are going to need to create a really good track. At the bottom of the user interface you will see each file listed in a horizontal row. Just click on the name to go to that track.

Let’s assume you have one take that was good except for the beginning, which you need to replace with another take. Going through that process will show you how to do everything you need to do, even if you have to put together many different takes. First, use File->New to create a new file. Make sure the Sampling Rate, Bit Rate, and Channels are the same as what you set for recording.

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Now, go to the file that has the best beginning. First, it is usually easier only to show the part you are going to use plus a little extra. Use the mouse to select the portion that you want by pressing the left mouse button down at or just before the beginning of what you want, dragging it across the screen to the right, and then releasing it just past the end of the section you want. In the upper right hand corner you will see four buttons- click on the upper left button, and the display will only show the area you selected.

Find the actual section you want. Leave just a little extra at the beginning and the end, since you can edit them out later. Use the mouse to select that area, and then either press Control-C or use the menu to do Edit->Copy.

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Create a new file with File->New, again making sure that the Sampling Rate, Bit Rate, and Channels are the same as your record settings. Use Control-V or Edit->Paste to paste your selection at the beginning of the file. Put the cursor at the end of the file, either by using the mouse or by clicking the lower right button in the upper left corner of the user interface.

Now find the file that has the good recording of the rest of the track, and select from just before the part you want until the end of the track with the mouse. Use Control-C or Edit->Copy to copy that portion of the file, and click on your new track at the bottom so that you can add it. The cursor should be at the end, if it isn’t, move it there, and use Control-V or Edit->Paste to put it at the end of your track. Save the track- you aren’t done yet, but it’s always good to have backup versions.

The track you have will have some extra material at the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end part. Select a slightly bigger area and use the zoom button in the upper right to zoom in. Now you will have to find the area that you want to remove, select it with the mouse, and delete it. That may take several tries, which is why you made a backup version. In fact, you may want to make different backup versions, each time getting closer to the final.

You may have many sections to put together to get a really good final track, but the editing process is exactly the same. Find the right part of each file, copy it, and paste it into your final version. Most of the time you’ll want just a bit extra at the beginning and end so you can edit it to get the perfect track.

When you have exactly what you want it’s time to save the final version. You can burn a CD, or save a wave file. If you are going to make an mp3 version, click on “Change Song Info” at the lower left and enter the information you want to go into the mp3 file about Title, Artist, Album, Genre, Copyright, etc. Make sure you save mp3 files at a high BitRate- 320 is always the best for music.

Have fun!

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 Orchestraā€ˇ. Tom also played principal trumpet for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and principal trumpet for the San Jose Orchestra.