Questions About Recording Audio Into A PC...

  bassfreeker 11:31 03 Nov 2003

I am recording guitar straight into my PC soundcard. It works fine, but when I save the work it is huge! about 30 seconds of .wav audio recorded this way works out to be about 3MB! A normal 3 MINUTE Mp3 is about 3MB! Is there anyway I can shrink the way I save it as it is killing my hard-drive! also does anyone know a good audio editor so I could add effects to my guitar? thank you

  Peverelli 11:56 03 Nov 2003

WAV files are uncompressed and average about 10Mb per minute, whereas MP3 is compressed at about 1 Mb per minute. You need a WAV to MP3 converter (have a look here: click here )

What soundcard do you have? My Creative Audigy 2 has a "Wave Studio" program included which allows me to convert recorded WAV files to MP3 format.

Cakewalk Guitar Tracks 2.0 is well recommended (haven't tried it myself) click here and I believe will convert to MP3.

  Peverelli 12:00 03 Nov 2003
  Pesala 12:01 03 Nov 2003

30 seconds of WAV = only 3 Mbyte so how about installing another 512 Mbytes of RAM and recording to a RAM drive? That should save your hard disk thrashing about. Then convert the wav file to MP3 and save it to the hard disk.

An even wilder thought. Use a midi keyboard to try out your ideas and record as midi files, until you get it right. Someone I knew in the days of Windows 3.1 used to write his music on a computer keyboard using some sofware called Noteworthy Composer. It wrote the musical notation on staves, and he could edit it, and play it back from any point using a variety of instruments on his sound card.

I am not suggesting that you give up the guitar, just use tools more suited to computers.

  Peverelli 13:27 03 Nov 2003

You can of course record an hour's worth of guitar music and then burn the results to CD and then delete the .wav files from your hard disk.

I use Cubase Go! which combines midi with multitrack audio. A three minute song using 8 tracks of audio and 8 tracks of midi can be as big as 250 Mb.

  ben37 16:51 03 Nov 2003

Sound forge is excellent for converting audio files and adding effects.....

  Peverelli 00:09 04 Nov 2003

Converting wav to mp3. It looks like this can do it. Free download. click here

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