Hello. I have a number of cassette tape recordings of my fathers band from the 70s/80s. My task is to make a nice CD anthology for our family. I have been researching for awhile the best way to make these songs sound their best and I’m still very confused. I have transferred them from tape to digital .wav from there I don’t know where to begin. I know there is a lot of processes I can use in audacity. I just still don’t understand the basic steps. First I would guess that I will separate the one file into individual files/tracks. At some point I think I should normalize. But I’m not sure what is best to do to master these recordings so that they sound their best when I burn to CD. I also have pro tools but I’m thinking that in this case something like audacity would work fine. Please point me in the right direction
My “tip of the day”: start with one or two of the ones that is least important to you - you will learn a lot as you go along and your skills & technique will improve - so save your favourites till a bit later on.
Then import the “No-Infrasound” equalization-curve into Audacity’s equalizer , it then becomes one of the preset curves in the equalizer , see … Audacity Manual [see “manage curves” at bottom of that page of the manual ] limiter.ny (1.3 KB)
It’s how they sound rather than how they look , the too-loud (or too quiet) bits may not actually be conspicuous on the shape of the envelope.
A compressor (or limiter) will try to make the waveform a constant amplitude, but to the ear this may make some things too loud, e.g. when there is a solo.
New to these forums but not with using Audacity. Took a crack at the OP’s sample mp3 by first applying an EQ shown in the screengrab png, duplicated the single channel and turned it into stereo and applied AUMatrixReverb plugin selecting Plate with a 30% dry/wet mix.