I'm testing Sound Studio - have downloaded the trial version.
A couple of questions:
- What settings should I use for a quick save in-between? .aiff still takes half a minute for a 15 minute recording, is that normal?
- Is there really no way to add/edit ID3 tags?
- I tried to do a noise-clean for a file which had an even background noise (some fan or other). I reckoned I should be able to do it with Noise Gate? But couldn't get good result. In Audacity you highlight a bit of the background noise and the software tries to filter that out, but I couldn't find anything like that in Sound Studio.
- Are there any other filters etc I should be using regularly?
1. I save as .wav. I think in older versions, saving as .aiff left a few artifacts sometimes, but if you don't hear anything funny .aiff is probably fine now. Yes, it's slow.
2. Correct, no way to do ID3 tags. I just open my finished mp3 in iTunes and do it there.
3. There's no good noise cleaner as such -- however, I use the 10-band EQ with, I think, great success! You can drag the lowest two frequencies all the way to the bottom. This gets rid of any low-freq rumble you might pick up. Then tinker gently with the top three frequencies -- just a little at a time -- on a test file. Lower them just a little at a time, maybe in a curve. Be careful, as these frequencies give you crispy consonants and you don't want to get rid of them entirely :) Your settings will depend on your mic. I can get rid of almost all of my slight background whirr/hum. with the logitech mic, I need to drag the top three frequencies down quite a bit (highest goes furthest down) but with my condensor mic it's just a TOUCH. But it does make a difference.
4. Yes! Use the compressor just a little bit. I think I've got a screenshot of my settings somewhere... http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayray/200466043/in/set-72157594219410887/
You can change the post gain number if you need your finished file to be louder or softer after compression.
You don't want to overdo compression! These settings are sanctioned by my sound-engineer brother-in-law and I think they sound good. Your mileage may vary :)