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clayton56
12-23-2010, 10:12 PM
Any recommendations for software for mixing down *.wav files?

I now record stereo files on my Zooms, and mix them with my Turtle Beach Quad software. It's fine but will only work with the Tahiti sound card. I kind of want to find one that will work with any soundcard, in case I get a new computer or a laptop. And perhaps give more than four tracks.

Also I currently can only use files up to 16 bit 44.1, although the Zooms will record up to 24 bit 96k I think. Although I don't think humans could hear the difference.

Richie23
12-23-2010, 10:55 PM
The freeware audio package Audacity - http://www.download-audacity.com/

More fully featured, but costs $150, try Reaper - http://www.reaper.fm/

For full cost packages Ableton Live is very good, as is Adobe Audition, but there are dozens of freeware audio packages to try out first.

Ken Middleton
12-24-2010, 12:25 AM
I use Zooms too: an H4n and an H2. I try to keep things simple though, so Audacity is fine for what I need.

When I taught A Level Music, I used Cubase.

Pippin
12-24-2010, 01:20 AM
MIXCRAFT... http://www.acoustica.com

I reviewed it in Ukulele Player Magazine.

spots
12-24-2010, 04:20 AM
Free stuff for recording and mixing:


"Kristal Audio Engine" (Windows only) - up to 16 tracks at once using ASIO4All audio drivers. (The developer of this went commercial and the follow up project became Pre-Sonus' "Studio One" software).
Ardrour 2 (Linux and OS X) - unlimited tracks

OldePhart
12-24-2010, 11:28 AM
+1 on Audacity - it's got a couple of peculiarities but nothing show stopping and the only thing I've found that I needed a better program for was for heavy noise removal from some old vinyl recordings.

John

ichadwick
12-24-2010, 12:42 PM
Acid is another. But Audacity is free, so it gets my vote, despite some quirky features.

Howlin Hobbit
12-24-2010, 09:03 PM
The problem I find with Audacity is that it's simply awful at multi-tracking. If you're going to be just playing your uke and singing at the same time it's, at best, ok. But you can do that with your Zoom. I use Audacity for a bit of post-mix stuff (call it "mastering" if you want, but it's not that fancy).

Spots has it right...





"Kristal Audio Engine" (Windows only) - up to 16 tracks at once using ASIO4All audio drivers. (The developer of this went commercial and the follow up project became Pre-Sonus' "Studio One" software).
Ardrour 2 (Linux and OS X) - unlimited tracks



You'll find Kristal here (http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/) and Ardour here (http://www.ardour.org/).

At this point if I'm doing a direct-to-stereo recording I use my Zoom H2. If I want to multi-track I use Ardour (on an Ubuntu Linux (http://www.ubuntu.com/) system). In either case I use Audacity on the stereo mix for the final trim, EQ, compression and/or normalization, and a light wash of reverb over the whole cut.

thejumpingflea
12-24-2010, 09:50 PM
I use Zooms too: an H4n and an H2. I try to keep things simple though, so Audacity is fine for what I need.

When I taught A Level Music, I used Cubase.

I currently use Cubase 5. I like it a lot. Check out my signature for my free Christmas CD that was mixed and mastered through Cubase 5.

georgio
12-25-2010, 02:13 AM
Reaper is another free download. I havent tried it yet, but others speak well of it.
http://www.reaper.fm/download.php