DJ Info Guide

16 Feb

Free DJ Software: Edit your Mixes and Music

Recording Setup on LaptopOn of the posts I got asked what to use for editing MP3's – You most of the time can edit MP3 in any good audio editor. But you say I don't have an audio editor. Well DJ Bill to the rescue. What you need to do is head on over to Audacity – As they have a really great and FREE audio editor. Audacity will work with most computers (Mac, PC, Linux)  you can edit alot of different formats from MP3 – WAV – FLAC – Audacity can be used to convert your old tapes, records, and cd's into MP3 Format in a fairly easy to use program.

I sat down with this program and after installing this I was able to record from my USB Turntable into it in less then 1/2 hour. The controls it use are all the familiar ones that you use on your tape deck (If you ever had one) 

Audacity also allows you to cut, copy, and splice different sounds and tracks together to get the perfect mix you are looking for to help keep the dance floor grinding. Remember the harder you work on preparing your show the better your performance will be and it will be much easier and you can then focus the things that matter during the performance.

 

Below is what I copied off of the Features page for Audacity:

Features

This is a list of features in Audacity, the free audio editor. For more information on how to use these features, go to the help pages.

Recording

Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, vinyl records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, it can also capture streaming audio.

  • Record from microphone, line input, or other sources.
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings.
  • Record up to 16 channels at once (requires multi-channel hardware).
  • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording.

Import and Export

Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in several common file formats.

  • Import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, and Ogg Vorbis files.
  • Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) with libmad.
  • Export MP3s with the optional LAME encoder library.
  • Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to CD.
  • Import and export all file formats supported by libsndfile.
  • Open raw (headerless) audio files using the “Import Raw” command.
  • Note: Audacity does not currently support WMA, AAC, or most other proprietary or restricted file formats.

Editing

  • Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete.
  • Use unlimited Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps.
  • Very fast editing of large files.
  • Edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks.
  • Use the Drawing tool to alter individual sample points.
  • Fade the volume up or down smoothly with the Envelope tool.

Effects

  • Change the pitch without altering the tempo, or vice-versa.
  • Remove static, hiss, hum, or other constant background noises.
  • Alter frequencies with Equalization, FFT Filter, and Bass Boost effects.
  • Adjust volumes with Compressor, Amplify, and Normalize effects.
  • Other built-in effects include:
    • Echo
    • Phaser
    • Wahwah
    • Reverse

Sound Quality

  • Record and edit 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit (floating point) samples.
  • Record at up to 96 KHz.
  • Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering.
  • Mix tracks with different sample rates or formats, and Audacity will convert them automatically in realtime.

Plug-Ins

  • Add new effects with LADSPA plugins.
  • Audacity includes some sample plugins by Steve Harris.
  • Load VST plugins for Windows and Mac, with the optional VST Enabler.
  • Write new effects with the built-in Nyquist programming language.

Analysis

  • Spectrogram mode for visualizing frequencies.
  • “Plot Spectrum” command for detailed frequency analysis.

Free and Cross-Platform

As you can see there is not much that you can't do with Audacity Recording software.

Let me hear from you and hear what you think of Audacity.

 

 

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