13.   Tidying the beginning and end portion of a sound file.  (fading and trimming)  (part 1 of 2)

After doing a first normalise, you are now about to apply a number of processes to the audio file, depending on the state of the record.  The track I have just recorded has light crackling with one major pop.

First we need to trim the ends of the song.  I personally don't like cold cutting.  This often leaves pops on burned discs for some kind of unknown reason.  Instead I will be applying a number of fades.  This also makes the finished compilation sound cleaner and tidier, and later on allows for much better mixing techniques, when joining two sides of a record together into one session.  This is the final step when burning a CD in CD Architect 5.0.

Take note of where the red ring is located on the above screen shot on the right.  This area contains both the wave zoom in and wave zoom out functions.  Below the zooming functions is the selection clock.  This shows how much of the wave you have selected in minutes, seconds and milliseconds.  Much of the fading functions you're about to do will be measured in milliseconds.  We'll also be working backwards, as this makes calculating the fading periods much simpler. 

(Figure 1)  To start this process, click around the start of the track (1).  Then by clicking on the zoom tool (2), zoom in to 1-64 magnification.  You'll notice that you may have placed the selector line slightly to far in, or out of the intro of the song. (3)  Move the selector to the start of the track. (4)

Figure 1

(Figure 2)  At this point (1), hold down your left mouse button and drag into the direction of the arrows, until you have around 200 milliseconds in the selection clock, (2) then let go. (3)  Now go to the process menu and select fade, and then on the fade sub-menu click "in".  You have now just created a fade in.  You have just placed a 200 milliseconds fade in, before the start of the track.

Figure 2

LP2CD  -  Copying your vinyl to CD
using Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge 6.0.

1.   General Overview. 
2.   Choosing the right soundcard. 
3.   Choosing the right turntable. 
4.   Purchasing a Phono preamp. 
5.   Positioning of equipment. 
6.   Connecting your computer and hi-fi together for duplication. 
7.   Configuring the record and playback controls on Sound-Blaster Value. 
8.   Configuring the record and playback controls on the M Audio Delta 66. 
9.   Recording the sound signal to hard-drive. 
10.   Opening and Configuring Sound Forge for Recording and Playback. 
11.   Starting a recording session. 
12.   Increasing the volume of softer recordings. 
13.  Tidying the beginning and end portions of a sound file. 
14.   Preparing raw vinyl track for CD. 
15.   De-clicking and de-crackling dusty recordings. 
16.   Enhancing the finished track.   

Version 1.2 by Mark Boerebach  -  Updated Tuesday 26th August 2003