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Input level to low

Discussion in 'Recording' started by twigs, May 17, 2011.

  1. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    I used my Micro BR for the first time this weekend.I use it in Mp3 mode and recorded a show from a sound board. We did a sound check on the Br and thought I had the input level ok. But after listening to the recording I must of not had the level high enough cause to hear the show I have to crank the heck on the volume up to hear the Mp3...is there any free software out there I could use on the XP computer to adjust the level?
    I also would like to convert the Mp3 to a Wav file is there any free software out there to do that too...
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member


    Don't expect too much of the result, but you may be pleasantly surprised.
  3. siddler

    siddler Active Member

    I haven't tried this site yet but I had a recording that came out too quiet and I'm planning to try this one. If you try it let me know how it goes if you can. Good luck!
    MP3Gain Downloads
  4. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    I tried this site and not knowing what I was doing I was able to increase the volume of my recording. It does it for you..after I dowloaded the Mp3Gain program..I added the file I wanted to work with..then I click on the Track Analysis button and the program did it's thing...now I'm not sure if I had to do this but thought it was the way to go..then I click on the Track gain button and the program did it's thing again..now note it save the Gain changed for you...so I got out of the program and play the Mp3 and it sounded so much better..that was it ....
  5. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    I download this program..now trying to figure out how to use it....Beings I got the Gain fixed now I need to cut some of the junk at the beginning of the recording...
  6. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Doesn't Audacity have editing capabilities?
  7. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    Looks like it..but I never use this program before..so I'll have figure it out with the Help pull down...
  8. gehauser

    gehauser Active Member

    Acoustica MP3 To Wave Converter PLUS

    but why would you want to convert from a compact little mp3 up to a big old wav file?
  9. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    It may be that processing will be better sounding on a wave versus an mp3.
  10. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    I need to make a CD out of the recording...
  11. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    Boulder my favorite place to be......

    I was told you the quality is better in Wav than in Mp3 for music...I'm still learning this stuff...
  12. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Well, it is if you start with a wave, but going from mp3 to wave isn't going to make the audio suddenly get better. A wave made from an mp3 will just accurately retain all the deficiencies of the mp3. Maybe processing will work better on a wave, but I doubt it.
  13. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Audacity imports an .MP3 into its workspace, expanding it to floating-point or whatever is set in the preferences. All editing and processing is performed in the chosen internal format. When you come to save the file, it can be saved as a .WAV or (with the Lame encoder add-on) be reduced to another MP3. If you are targeting CDs, you would save as .WAV and then use Nero or some other CD burning program.

    Audacity is very easy to use. To top and tail a song, select then delete the areas in turn at the start and end leaving a second before and couple of seconds after the song. Then select those lead-in and lead-out times and apply the fade-in or fade-out from the Effect menu.
  14. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    Little by little I'm learning how to use Audacity...But can't figure out how to break up my recording into tracks..
    Would you know how?
  15. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member


    Highlight selected area of tune(s).

    File>Export Selection.

    Name the tune, choose your "Save In" location, choose your "Save as type" file format (choose WAV, if desired), hit "Save". A box will pop up where you can enter info, if you wish. Hit "OK".

    That will save that song as a separate file. The original multi-song MP3 file will still be there for working with further, or archiving.

    When closing down that file (exiting Audacity), it will ask you if you want to "Save Changes?". Choose "No". The separated files are already saved, and the original will be unchanged.

  16. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    Thanks I will try it out...How can I tell which section to select if I only see the graph and not hear the recording playing.
  17. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Ummm....there would most likely be big gaps of lower amplitude waveform that may not look like steady music.

    Click your mouse where you think the beginning/end of a song is...play it, and listen. There's a timeline at the top which you can refer to and make notes of approximate start and stop times.

    This shouldn't really be this difficult to figure out. I'd suggest maybe loading up a practice file that you can start messing around with. Just go through the menus and run anything and everything. You don't have to save anything. If you want to save something, and don't want the original practice file messed up, just save as some other name, like "Practice 2". Just click on the waveform, drag things, run processes....anything. No better way to learn than to just do it, and then see what happens. You can't mess up anything. Have fun. Apply the most ridiculous effects and processes to practice stuff. Go completely overboard with the wet mix of effects, see how awful they sound, undo, and lighten up for the next pass.

    Play with the thing. Don't let it intimidate you. You are the master. Make it serve you.

  18. twigs

    twigs Active Member

    OK Kaptain full steam ahead !!!!!

    I'll keep on this course till I get it...

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