Frank Metzger Asked:
> 1. Is there a handy piece of software that I can use to edit either
> WAV or RM (real media) files (for example - of musical snuff box
> tunes) that I am putting on my web page? I guess I want to 'tweak'
> sound levels as well as take out some extraneous 'noise' (primarily
> mechanical whirring) that is overemphasized in the recording
I can recommend DC-ART for this. It was written for restoration of
78-RPM records, so has some filtering and noise reduction capabilities
as well as editing tools. As far as I know it will run in any Windows
machine with a 100 MHz or faster clock, although the faster the better.
It's sold by Tracer Technologies, price is around $200. Phone
888-887-2237 or web site: http://www.enhancedaudio.com/ .
I've been playing with this software for about 6 months, cleaning up my
scratchy 78's, and I love it.
> 2. Including the effects of iteration, do you think it is better
> to record directly into the computer (Win 98 Sound recorder) or
> to record on a digital Sony minidisk and then transfer the recording
> to the computer?
Any iterative process that requires translation from analog to digital
and back again is bound to incur some degradation. I'd record directly
into the computer. DC-ART generates 16-bit 44.1 kHz WAV files, mono or
stereo. Do your recording and manipulation in this format, then
convert/compress the files to whatever final form you like.