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  8. Editing with RipEditBurn Plus and RipEditBurn

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Editing takes some patience but a little time spent editing your files can make a major difference in the quality of your CD. It is also an opportunity for you to add your own creative touches to your music.

You are dealing with large files, and sometimes it can take a long time to process each effect. You might want to cut out a small portion of the song and work on it until you like the way it sounds, then apply the effect to the whole song.

Save often, but make sure to keep the original so that if you decide you don't like what you've done you can go back. When you are happy with the result, it is often convenient to save it in a different directory. You can put all of your final takes in one directory, all ready to burn to a CD.

SPLITTING INTO TRACKS
If there were several songs on your tape or record you will probably want to split them into separate tracks before editing. This saves time in the editing process, and allows you to list the tracks in any order on your final CD or MP3.

Step 6 described splitting files using Wave Breaker. In RipEditBurn Plus or RipEditBurn, you can use the editor to cut out each track and paste it into a new file. Select the section you want to make into a separate track, copy it (Ctrl-C), click File>New, choose the correct settings in the dialog box, click Ctrl-V, and use File/Save As to save it as a new track.

TRIM BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS OF SONGS

Adding EQ or equalization can help a lot. We suggest reducing the high frequencies to get rid of hiss. EQ can be found in the Effects menu. 10 frequency ranges are controlled by sliders, allowing you fine control.

Removing the silence at the beginning of a track

CLEANING UP POPS, CLICKS, AND HISS

Often recordings made from vintage tapes and records have a variety of flaws, including scratches, pops and clicks, and hiss.

Blaze Audio's Record Cleaner will help you eliminate pops and clicks and reduce other noises easily and automatically. It includes a sophisticated pop and click filter, a notch filter for getting rid of 50 or 60 cycle power hum, and a hiss reduction tool. If Record Cleaner is installed on your computer, you can access it from the Tools menu in RipEditBurn Plus and RipEditBurn. See Step 8 for more information about Record Cleaner.

Here are some techniques for noise removal using RipEditBurn Plus and RipEditBurn.

Reducing Hiss By Adding EQ With RipEditBurn Plus and RipEditBurn

Adding EQ or equalization can help a lot. We suggest reducing the high frequencies to get rid of hiss. EQ can be found in the Effects menu. 10 frequency ranges are controlled by sliders, allowing you fine control.

EQ window open in RipEditBurn

Pop and Click Removal with RipEditBurn Plus and RipEditBurn

Sometimes the Record Cleaner program will not completely get rid of a pop or a click. In that case you can often edit it out, using RipEditBurn Plus and RipEditBurn.

Magnify the section with the problem (see picture at left). You will probably see a very steep line or set of lines. Abrupt changes in a waveform cause pops and clicks. With care you can probably eliminate just the part of the waveform that is making the noise, thus improving the quality of the recording. If you take too much out the timing of the music may be noticeably altered, so be careful.

Abrupt changes in a waveform cause pops and clicks

We took a small bit of a recording from an LP that had a click left over even after running our automated Pop and Click Removal tool in Record Cleaner. If this click happened in louder music it would not have been noticeable, but in the middle of a soft string section it stands out. Here's what to do to get rid of a click like this one. The screenshots are of RipEditBurn but the process is identical in RipEditBurn Plus.

First, find the exact spot where the noise occurs. Zoom in on that spot. As you zoom in more and more, you should eventually see a bump in the waveform as in the screenshot at left.

Use the mouse to select the just the portion that has the abrupt transition from low to high or high to low, as at left.

Once you have the click selected, use the Amplify effect to reduce the volume of just the click. Usually setting Amplify to about 0.3 is effective, but you may need to experiment. Values between zero and 1 reduce the volume of the selection, values greater than 1 increase the volume, a value of 1 causes no change, and a value of zero is silence.

Here's what the result looks like:

If that's not quite enough, undo the operation and try it again with a lower setting. If you reduce the volume all the way to zero, you are likely to get a break in the sound that may be nearly as disturbing as the click.

Add Reverb or Echo
Recordings often benefit from the addition of reverb or a bit of echo. You can add the sound of different-sized rooms with RipEditBurn Plus's Reverb Effect. With RipEditBurn, try an echo delay of around 70 milliseconds and set the echo strength to 35% and see how it sounds.

Using the Notch Filter Effect with RipEditBurn Plus and RipEditBurn
The Notch Filter modifies voice or music by completely removing (or drastically reducing) a specific range of frequencies/pitch from the sound. So, it's possible to eliminate hum of a specific frequency or scrub out a specific note.

You set the center frequency, which specifies the frequency of the sound that needs to be removed, and the bandwidth (the range of frequencies to be removed above and below the center frequency). A lower value removes less sound, a higher value removes more sound.

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