I hope this is a new idea
My purpose is to “Save Time” when editing long audio recordings.
- mouse-over a section ( e.g Applause= long, Coughing = medium, Door-bang =short ) and ask the computer to “Find Similar” - this is what a computer is good at.
when done, you are faced with Presets: 1) mark all. 2) mark and Edit marks 3) Review Marked passages.
( I’m not sure these “Preset Marking Options” are the best suggestions )
The above would save a lot of time, IMHO, - e.g. avoiding missing a “Cough”
The Amplification process:
A) The “Effects” are too many ! Oh dear. Simply put them into TWO columns, separated by a narrow band - Useful for those with small screens, or large text… We can choose without having to Scroll the screen. . . . and Scroll back to continue !
B) The subject in hand:
When using the “Amplify” feature I’d like a Data-Box and “Radio-buttons” +2db +5dB +10db and also -2dB -5dB -10dB
This it is quick to apply a “correction” and should be satisfactory to an experienced ear, since you can apply one or several, by watching the Box-value. However, in my experience the ±2dB settings are almost imperceptable to the ear - but do allow clipping to be prevented when near the 0dB mark. The other values are arbitary but are those I find useful in my working.
However, I would suggest Time buttons:- Pre 10mS, 30mS 100mS 300mS as well as Post 10mS, 30mS 100mS 300mS
These will change the Amplification gradually - and again some Data-Boxes would be nice.
Also, it could apply a colour-tone to the time-line Selection, to allow the User to judge effects more accurately.
i.e before pressing “Apply”.
C) other Presets, which can be included: Tone - Could be moderately crude - LF cut, Mid-Cut and HF cut which would further supress regularly-heard “faults” which need to be kept, yet are required to be “adjusted” to suit the situation.
For Example: LF cut for “wind-noise” and HF cut for screetching.
I’d suggest also there should be “gain”, although I can only think… Cymbal… may benefit from a small HF gain.
This can be made after the initial “hit” to give the listener the perception of more-zing!
This is achieved by increasing the Time before - thereby moving the Tone-effect’s placement.
These may appear somewhat “complicated” - but that’s the point… by having them as Preset Buttons ( as described) I can move over any recording “errors” quickly: Whereas presently, it’s a lot of time spent at each.
Saving the file
Since the above preset amplification will be applied to a raw recording, there lies the possibility of changing it later . . . .
This requires the above to be contained as a Project, so when Saved As ( Audacity user =Export ) e.g. a WAV file, the Computer asks if the Project Settings are to be recorded . . . .
By reloading the Prijct and mousing over a particular section of the Timeline the User can investigate the “corrections” as previously applied - and change them - for example where a “Cough” was incorrectly amplified!
I note that (default) as installed, Audacity 2.12 uses a COPY of the original source audio, so I’m not destroying the original data when I save the Edited version. Thankyou for this thought.