Sound Forge: Basic tutorial
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Revision as of 11:57, 22 August 2008 by Scpstu32
Once your audio source (cassette, reel-to-reel tape, etc.) has been tested for playback, you can digitize the audio in Sound Forge.
- Open the Sound Forge 9.0 software under the Windows Start menu.
- Under FILE select "New".
- When the dialog box appears (shown below), select the settings provided by the Project Manager. For example:
- sample rate = 96,000
- bit depth = 24 bit
- channels* = 1 (Mono)
- note: you'll need to select stereo for stereo recordings if you want a stereo digital recording.# Select "OK" to accept the settings.
- A workspace appears which you should Maximize by selecting the blue Maximize button.
- Select the Record feature. A dialog box appears.
- Begin playback of your audio source and make sure the sound levels are compliant with those specified by the Project Manager. Listen for a few minutes to account for various levels of volumes that may occur from the audio source.
- Stop and rewind the audio source to the beginning. Do not begin playback.
- Begin recording in Sound Forge by clicking the red Record button within the dialog box .
- Begin playback of the audio source.
- After the audio source finishes playback, select the Stop button.
- Close the record dialog box by selecting the Close button.
- The digital waveform of the recording will appear in the workspace as below. Save the file w/ the appropriate name.
- Delete dead space before and after the audio source started and stopped, respectively, and other dead spaces such as cassette flips between sides A and B, etc.). To do this:
- Select the unwanted segment by holding down the right button of the mouse (1) and dragging with the mouse (2) until you highlight the entire unwanted segment.
- Keep in mind to only delete dead space created by the digitization process. Do not delete pauses and moments of silence native to the audio source. Check w/ the Project Manager for clarification regarding preservation of the integrity of the audio source.
- From the EDIT menu, select Delete. The unwanted segment will no longer appear on the timeline.
- Repeat steps 14 through 15 until all unwanted segments are deleted.
- At this point you may decide that the audio levels are still not within the desired range. If so:
- Go to the EDIT menu and choose Select All to select the entire wave.
- From the PROCESS menu, select Volume. A dialog box will appear.
- Choose the desired level of adjustment by sliding the level up or down with the mouse. Use the up/down arrow keys for finer adjustments.
- Select OK from the Volume dialog and Sound Forge will alter the gain level for the entire clip.
- If the result is still too low or too high select UNDO VOLUME from the EDIT menu and repeat step 17 with a different setting than before.
- Once the desired level has been reached, SAVE your work.
That's all there is to it. Congratulations!