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Digital Sound Editing Under Unix? 19

Jed1Mnd asks: "I have recently set out to find some decent audio manipulation software for Linux, with out that much luck. I have a friend who is currently using CoolEdit on Windows 98SE is running into issue with performance. We are looking at Linux because of the better IO, memory management and support for file systems like xfs. However like I said I am having trouble find a decent replacement for CoolEdit. I was hoping that the Slashdot crowd would know of a product (commercial or non-commercial) that would fit this situation."
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Digital Sound Editing Under Unix?

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  • I think we get this question about once a month or so. I'd imagine searching through the Ask Slashdot history should turn up something.

  • (Score:3, Informative)

    by Sam Lowry ( 254040 ) on Friday November 30, 2001 @04:21PM (#2638167)

    and... tell yoru friend that such a serious move requires not only the software to change but her habits, methods and skillset to change also...
  • Audacity (Score:4, Informative)

    by ratatosk ( 136637 ) on Friday November 30, 2001 @04:46PM (#2638307) Homepage
    As always, SourceForge is your friend ;-)

    You might want to try Audacity - it gives the win32-only packages a real run for their money:

    Audacity []

    (and it's available for linux, freebsd, macos and windoze)

    • Re:Audacity (Score:4, Informative)

      by ConceptJunkie ( 24823 ) on Friday November 30, 2001 @06:36PM (#2638802) Homepage Journal
      I've done quite a bit with Audacity the 0.9.6 and 0.9.7 beta versions under Windows 2000. Aside of a few interface quirks, I am extremely pleased with the results. I can slice-n-dice several hundred megabyte WAV files with impunity and then save it all to a completed file. I've been digitizing old audio tapes and Audacity has made it really easy to edit out dead spots, remove clicks and pops, adjust sound levels, etc.

      And it's GPL! Much recommended.
  • This is probably not the answer most /.ers would give you. I use CoolEdit, and I found it performed MUCH better and was MUCH more stable under Win2K. That is assuming that you are using hardware that performs well. An app like CoolEdit is not going to do much on a Pentium Pro, no matter how good the OS is.
  • ... performs excellently under W2K, and also NTWS. I would respectfully suggest that the problems you are getting are simply a limitation of 9x's large file handling. In addition, I've found a lot of helpful performance boosts by running two SCSI drives - one for system and the other for data. SCSI will handle large file data transfer across disks much better than IDE too.
  • I always liked using Broadcast2000. However it is getting hard to find since the developers no longer distribute it.
  • CoolEdit. About a month ago, I tried every Linux sound editor I could find, and nothing that comes close to CoolEdit's functionality exists. The real killer is CoolEdit's really nice multitracking; Audacity comes close, but crashes far too often and lacks sound grouping. Broadcast 2000 looked promising, but is buggy and no longer being developed. Unfortunately, I think it might take another year or so of development before any Free replacement for CoolEdit (or SoundForge or whatever) is ready.
  • I haven't found anything that can touch wavelab, but it runs on windows, though.

    The real killer is the audio montage section where you can arrange clips(non destructively) in unlimited tracks and adjust things like volume and effects on track or clip basis. Crossfading, etc. is a snap. Ton of effects that can be run real-time or not.. the montage section is a lot like broadcast2000..

    Can do speed changes with constant pitch and vice versa, connects to your favourite sampler and does mp3 decoding/encoding too..

    Also an added plus is an integrated cd burning software. Which means that you can do a montage of clips, set cd-markers(track changes) and burn a cd without gaps between tracks..

    Check it out at []
  • I can't see the logic in a move from Windows to Linux here. The application you require only runs on a win32 platform.

    Insted of moving from Windows 98 to Linux, why don't you look into moving to Windows 2000. The issues you list (IO, memory mangement, filesystem) are all far better in Windows 2000 compared to Win9x.

    Linux is great, and the freedom attached to it is also great. But if what you need to do needs Windows, then perhaps the best solution is to move to a better version of Windows...

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