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If You Hear It You Can Record it. Plus LPs To CD Record & Edit.

Drew's Wave (.WAV) and MP3
Recording & Editing Tutorial.
Or How Do You Actually Record And Edit When You
Copy LPs To CDs or Cassettes To CDs
Or Streaming Audio Radio And More From The Internet.

Note: NOW Included June '04
New DAK Wave Editor PRO v2.5
Now Includes:

New Set & Forget Length Timer
New Schedule Timer
Memory Manager
Audio Properties Selector
MP3 Batch Converter
Direct CD Open (CDA)
And More.
Click to see more about the Length & Schedule Timers.

HOW TO USE
THIS WAVE EDITOR TUTORIAL
There are two very different things that you'll probably want to do with your new Wave Editor/Recorder, so I've broken them down in this tutorial so you can go directly to the section that's best for you right now. But, you will want to look through the other section because this powerful recording studio in your computer probably does much more than you realized it could do when you acquired it, yet it's really easy to use.

Section 1. You can Record and Edit your live efforts from a Microphone or other source. This section take you through the recording and editing that can help you turn out really professional Singing, other musical recording, narrations, interviews and more.





Section 2. You can copy your LPs, 45s, Cassettes and tapes from an analog source so you can copy them to your computer and later to CDs or MP3s if you choose. You'll learn all about the capture and the editing and track separation and how to easily do it all. This is also the section to use if you want to record streaming audio from the Internet or simply download music.




In either section you can record in Wave or MP3 and manipulate what you've recorded or opened like never before out of a post-production recording studio. I hope you enjoy these tutorials and that you email me and let me know where you'd like more information for your special project.

Enjoy. . . .Drew

P.S. Here's a 5-minute get up and recording quick peek.


5 Minute Quick How To Do It Guide
Here's Your Main Interface
Here's the main interface of the DAK Wave & MP3 Editor Recorder PRO v2.5. It's a remarkable studio you have right on your computer. But for now, let's just get you up and running in 5 minutes so you can see how this is 100 Times EASIER and yet MORE POWERFUL than a Cassette Deck. It really is like a cassette deck on Steroids and a whole lot more.

OK here's the ONE TIME SETUP and your first recording.

Arrow 1. Choose your source. Open this box and choose either Line In or Analog In. And you can record from microphone or live off the Internet too. More below.

Arrow 2. Click this little Select Box. Nothing takes effect until you click it.

Arrow 3. Click Record. Don't worry, we're just testing the level. Oh did I mention that you should be playing a record or tape?

Arrow 4. This is the Record Input Level Control. Look up at the Wave Editor Windows. (By the way, the top window is the Left Channel and the Bottom Window is the Right Channel ) Your level should be about 60% or so of the vertical space in each window.

Arrow 5. Click the Stop Button when you're finished recording.

Arrow 6. Oh and this might be a good place to click the Play Button. It's the 2nd button to the left of the Record Button. Now you can hear what you've recorded. It's a great way to be sure that you've recorded what you thought you did and that it sounds perfect.

Arrow 7. This is the Clear or New Button. Now that you've tested, you can either clear what you've done, or Go to the File Menu and save your music.

Next


Here's the dropdown Recording Source Menu from the Picture above and 2 others to show you how different computer sound cards list input sources differently. You can record anything you can hear. For Internet Recording Choose What You Hear Or Stereo Mix depending on what your sound card calls it. For Mike, just choose Microphone Etc.

Note: Your Sound Card determines exactly what's in this list and what it is called. But all Desktop Sound Cards do have Line In, What You Hear and Microphone, even if they call it something else.

But what's important is that you can record anything with 20-20,000hz CD quality sound using the power of your computer and DAK Wave & MP3 Editor/Recorder PRO v2.5

Next


OK, so if you've now made a recording that you'd like. Open the File Menu.

Here I have 2 arrows because I want you to see what to do.
To SAVE EVERYTHING you've recorded, use the SAVE AS. This would be the side of a record or cassette, your song or an hour of Streaming Audio from the Internet.

To SAVE ONLY A TRACK, Choose SAVE SELECT AS. This is a great way to save a single track, song or even just a few words.

That's it. You've made your first recording. Wasn't that easy?

Just because the Wave Editor is so powerful and can do so many things, doesn't mean that it's hard to use. Below I'll show you lots of the exciting things you can do. You can mix, edit out words, create marvelous sound on sound recordings and so much more.



 

 
THE LP, 45 & CASSETTE TO CD PLUS RECORD FROM THE INTERNET SECTION
So, you want to copy your LPs to CDs or Record Live from the Internet. Well, it's really easy to do. In fact, you don't need this tutorial if all you want to do is record.

Just get the DAK Wave & MP3 Recorder & Editor (or any other Wave Editor) and click Record. That's so incredibly easy, you'll be doing it within 5 minutes after you install the software.

But, what if you want to:

Separate Tracks.
Remove an entertainer's talking between tracks.
Remove commercials.
Fade out or remove long applause.
Convert to or from MP3s.
Save BOTH MP3s and Wave Files.
Automatically Name Your tracks and folders.
Set & Forget Length Timer
Long Term Schedule Timer
Memory Management

Well, that's really what this tutorial is all about. And I want you to know right now that even though people will charge you an arm and a leg to perform these supposedly complex tasks, when you finish this tutorial you'll know how to do it all.

And THERE'S NOT ONE SINGLE SOLITARY HARD OR DIFFICULT thing to do in this whole tutorial.

So, don't be intimidated. Don't try to hire somebody. You can do it all yourself effortlessly and easily using the power of your computer, and if I'm lucky, the power of the all new DAK MP3 and Wave Editor.

Important Note. I'm using the new DAK recorder for my examples, but except where I've noted the exceptions, you can do most of these things with other professional editors too. It might not be quite as easy. Or with as few steps. But this tutorial is a useful knowledge base for any recording and editing you might want to do.

Why is this tutorial so long? NO it's not hard. And No, it's not complicated. There's just a lot you can do when you're editing, so I've tried to cover it all for you. If I've missed anything, use the email link at the bottom and let me know what you'd like me to add.

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OK, so I've tried to take you on a journey of the possible. 75% of this you probably don't need. But if you're like most other DAKonians, it's information you'd like to know.

So, let's get to it.

TWO QUESTIONS. Whenever I'm asked about how to copy LPs to CDs or Cassettes to CDs two questions always come up. Oh, and I get the same two questions about recording Streaming Audio From the Internet too.

The reason that it's so important is that now you can build a collection of incredible music if you only know how. So with that in mind, here are the two questions.

Question 1. When I record I get one long track. How do I separate tracks, or track splitting as it's called? Well there are several ways that it can be done. There are several programs that do it automatically by looking for silence. I find that they only work about 50-70% of the time.

So, you come back to needing a Wave Editor to either separate them in the first place or fix what you thought you'd already separated. Look for my total easy solution below. And if you hear from some 'advertiser' that getting extra blank tracks doesn't matter, remember that when you cut your CDs, you'll get a 2-3 second delay for each track so you can end up with lots of dead time between tracks. My way is simple and 100%

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Question 2. When you copy records and cassette or streaming audio from the Internet, often there's talking between tracks. The entertainers like to tell their life's stories, talk about their children, the band or tell jokes.

After you listen for the hundredth time, it gets really old. The ONLY way to get rid of this is with a Wave editor. And now it's so incredibly easy, you'll never listen to old dialog again. And you can get rid of long applause too. It's easy. It's fast. You only do it once. And then you'll enjoy your music and only your music from now on.

Let's get started with the tutorial itself. And remember, most of this is about editing you can do, not just the basic recording that's, well frankly, a no-brainer.

Here we go.


But first, one more thing. A .Wav file (Wave) is the format used by all standard CD players. It's called Red Book Audio or PCM or Standard audio. It takes up about 10 megabytes per minute.

MP3 files which you can keep on your computer, play in players or burn to CDs and play them on virtually and DVD player (home theater systems are perfect) play up to 10 hours of music on a CD and MP3 files take up about 1 megabyte per minute. So they save about 90% of the space. OK, now you're ready for the tutorial.


Edit Out Any Part. Make Your Music The Way You Want It Effortlessly.
Below we're going to cover simple recording and track splitting. But I wanted to show you how easy it is to get rid of the infernal talking that so many entertainers insist on putting on their CDs. Especially their live in-concert CDs. Anyway, all you need to do is to select any part of the recording that you'd like to eliminate and then Just Click 'Delete Selected'

Is it really that easy? Yes, and here's what you do. Simply click on any area you'd like to delete and click Play. Is it the right area? Yes, great then select it? No, then simply click somewhere else. It's great when you can see the waveform because you can see what you hear and that makes life really easy. Anyway once you've selected the area you want, how do you get it just right? The exact spot?

Do you see the little triangles at all 4 corners of the red selected area above? Just grab any of them with your mouse and move them in or out to enlarge or reduce your selected area.

That's it. Then just click Delete and you're done.




One Click let's you Record and Edit your music.
Here are your one click buttons. Most are self explanatory. But I'd like to detail a few.
Note the Undo and Redo Buttons. You'll have up to 99 Undo Redo Steps. So, you can experiment all you want when you're editing and you can always go back to where you started or anywhere in between.

The Zoom In and Zoom Out Buttons are very powerful in this program. You can keep zooming in till you have identified even a single word or frankly even part of a single word. All you do is select an area and then click Zoom. Then Select again and you'll zoom in again. I've Zoomed in so that the whole screen is less than a second. So there's really no limit to how precise your editing can be. Of course you probably don't need this power but if you do it's here for you. Finally, you can zoom out in steps just like you zoomed in, or you can hit the Zoom X and it takes you back to the totally zoomed out state showing the entire recording in the window.
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Loop Play is unique. You can select any area and then click the Loop Play button. When you do it will play that area without stopping forever. This is great if you want to memorize a section of a song, learn the notes, or even learn or practice a foreign language. It's really just repeat play, but it lets you select exactly what you want to repeat, even if it's only a 1/2 second long.

Segment Record is unique to the program. (I think) Here's what you do. Assign a folder name to store your tracks and a prefix for the name of each track you want to save. Then start your music and click record. Then at the end of each track, click the SR Segment Record Button instead of stop and the program will AUTOMATICALLY save the track to the folder you picked and name the track with the Prefix you chose plus add a time code so that the tracks are differentiated. So, when you're done whether you have 5 tracks or 100 tracks, they'll all be in one folder with the Prefix_time name of each. Then just listen to them and rename the ones you want to keep. This is an unbelievably powerful tool that you have. Note: You can't just click the button between tracks without stopping the music because most computers don't save big audio files fast enough before the next track. So, lift the stylus from the record or pause your tape as you go.

There are tool tips that appear when you place your cursor over each button, so you won't have any trouble understanding the rest of the buttons.


See The Full Screen Editor On Your Monitor Here
Because of space, I've shown all the Program pictures in their small or normal size. But, if you just click expand, (see arrow) you'll see the program in full screen mode. Then you'll have an even bigger work area for editing. Above you can see the full size screen on your monitor by clicking the picture that matches your monitor's screen resolution.
Note: Not all Wave Editors Allow for a full Screen Mode. Be sure any one you choose does allow this.

Also, we'll I'm on the subject. Don't just Get A Wave Editor. Sure they are cheaper, but in today's world of MP3 and saving space, you want to be able to BOTH convert from and to MP3 as well as save to MP3.


New For Wave Editor PRO 2.5 - - Automated Timed Record.
This is big. It's groundbreaking. It's going to take the hassle out of recording. We've just added a Set and Forget Timer to the New Wave Editor Pro. Why do you need it?

Now you don't have to baby-sit your recordings. Most LPs are about 20 minutes per side. Just choose a time a few minutes longer than the side of your record or cassette. Click Timed Start, then start your LP or tape and go do something else.

You no longer have to keep an eye on when your recording will be finished. Now you can simply come back any time. Save your file. Separate your tracks. Edit out talking. Or, do whatever you want to do with your music.

Now you can concentrate on your music, not the act of recording. You can select any time from 1 minute to 360 minutes (6 hours) and it's all automated for you.

I've never seen a Length Timer incorporated into a Wave Editor before. This is a revolutionary improvement that will really free you to record while you do other things. It truly is a mega-time saver for all of us. Now you can convert all your Records, Tapes and Internet Radio easily and effortlessly.

So, let's see how it works.


Easy Timed Record

Just Click The Configuration/Properties Button On The Main Menu to access your all new Recording Length Timer.

New Length Timer Breakthrough (Don't let the number of arrows worry you)

It's really easy to use (forgive all the numbers above, but I want to show you everything).

1. This section is the Length Timer (Below is the Advanced Schedule Timer).

2. Just pull down this menu to choose a recording time. Most LPs run about 22 minutes, so you can use 24 or 25 minutes to be safe. Then you'll just delete the extra time with one click when you're separating the tracks.

2A. Special Internet Radio idea. When I'm listening to Internet Radio, often I really don't listen to the live broadcasts. What I do is record for an hour or so and then I play back my recording so I can select the music and content that I want as I listen to the playback. It's really easy with the all new DAK Wave Editor PRO v2.5. As you're listening, just highlight and select whatever you want to save and then choose 'Save Select' in the file menu. It's really great.

3. Then just Click Start. This Window will automatically close and the recorder will record for the time you have selected.

4. Pre-planned for easy use. Note: I've got 33 and 47 minute choices for cassettes. Often 60 minute cassettes run 62 minutes (31 minutes per side) and 90 minute cassettes are often 47 minutes per side. So I've got that covered too. Anyway, just select the time you want. This system is built to make all your converting of LPs to CDs, Cassettes to CDs and Internet to CDs easy, fast and frustration free. And as you can see it's done by someone (me) that's done a lot of it and knows what you need to get it done easily and fast.

Final thought. You can also just type any number that you like into the box. You're not limited to my choices. But I've tried to give you all the choices that I think you'll ever need.

***Special Note: Does your cable TV have lots of music channels? If yours is like mine, you can choose all the digital channels you want. Each has a certain type of music. Anyway, just connect the audio from your cable system through our Mixer Interface and record all you want. Then, listen later and save the tracks you want. Now, isn't that a great idea to build some compilation CDs of music that you really love? Imagine just selecting a few tracks at a time till you have the world's greatest collection of what you love. It's really a great idea.


Short Version of Timed Record
OK, here's the executive summary. Open the Timed Recording Box. Choose the Length you'd like to record. Click Start Timer.

I told you it was easy and short.


Advanced Timer & Scheduler
OK, this is a very different timer. What if there's an Internet radio broadcast that you want to record at 8 PM tonight. But you're not going to be home, or if you're like me you might have a 'senior moment' and forget to record it.

Well, no problem. Now you can schedule your new DAK Wave Editor Pro to record for you at any time you like.

And there's more. What if you want to record an AM radio broadcast or anything that's not in your computer. Just connect it to your computer using our Mixer Interface and leave on the AM or FM radio and set the timer to record. And don't forget all the great music that's probably on your cable system right now.

Now you can record just about anything, any time you want. Now you don't have to be home. Now it's easy. It's like a VCR for your audio.

OK, let's see how to use it.


Record Any Time You Want - - - For As Long As You Want..
It's really easy and straightforward, but again, I want to be sure you see everything you can do. So that's why I have so many arrows and numbers.

1. This is your Advanced Timer Scheduler.

2. This is the current Date and Time in your computer. Check to see that it's correct. If it's not, just double click your system clock in the lower right tray of your desktop.

3. Here's today's Date. You can change the date (see below) But now I'm going to record today.

4. Here is your Start Time. Just click the hour and set the time you want. You can click the little arrows with your mouse. You can use your up and down arrow keys, or you can type in the hour you want. Then just do the same for the minutes.

5. Do the same for your stop time. As you can see I'm recording from 11PM to 1 AM. Don't worry, I know and more important, the timer knows that we're changing dates. It's no problem.

6. Click the Start Button to turn on the timer.

7. Close this dialog box. That's it, you're ready to go.

Important Note: The timer does not launch the program. (We don't want to take over your computer.) So, set the timer and minimize the wave recorder. Just don't close it or it won't record.

The more you get into Internet Music, the more uses you'll find for our revolutionary new Wave Editor Timer and Scheduler.


Long Term Scheduling
OK, this is a new feature that I'm not sure you'll use very often. (Or, maybe you will.) It gives you the ability to record tomorrow, next week, next month or even next year.

But, honestly even thought it works perfectly, because you have to leave the program open, but minimized, and you can't turn off your computer, you're not likely to use this feature very often for really long term recording.

However, if you're like me, the next day or middle of the night, or early in the morning recording can really be a lifesaver. Because I live in California, I tend to miss morning conferences and shows that come from the East. Now I don't. So, for next day and middle of the night recording, this is a real bonus to have. Just don't close it or turn off your computer.


OK, back to Editing And Recording.
OK, Let's Actually Split Some Tracks So You Can See How Easy It Is To Do.
OK, let's pretend that we've already recorded an LP that ran about 25 minutes and had 7 tracks on a side, or that the above is a Streaming Internet Radio Broadcast that we recorded for about 25 minutes. You treat them the same so let's see what to do.

All I've done above is show you where the tracks are. So this doesn't even count as a track separating step.

.Don't forget that later we'll show you how easy it is to click record, but let's see JUST ONE of the easy way to separate your tracks first.


Select Your Track.
OK, well this is easy. Do you see how you can spot the little black spots between the tracks? Well all you do is select just like you would words in your word processor. And look at this. Do you see those little triangles at the bottom left and right and at the top left and right. Well after you select, you can 'grab' those and fine tune your selection to easily get it just right.

Also, you can use the Select dialog box (see arrows near the bottom right) and by adjusting the numbers there you can move the sides of the selected area in and out. But, it's actually easier and more detailed to do it on the graphic on a big 25 minute file like this. Now all you do is select, Click Save Selection name it and you're done.


But What If You're Not Sure Where The Tracks Start And Stop?
OK, let me show you something else you can do. You can drag an area that makes up 2, 3 or 4 tracks. That's what all the arrows I put across the top are for. So, just click and drag across the tracks. This is a way for you to Zoom in to see the detail more clearly. See next


Ah, Now I See It Clearly.
So, how did we get this? Easy once you've selected an area like I did in the prior picture you can click the Zoom In Command (the little magnifying glass with the + in it) and that will blow up the area.

Now you can see that there's lots of room between tracks so you can grab them or even make changes on a more detailed part of the music. In fact, you can s-t-r-e-t-c-h   o-u-t the waveform so that you only have 1/2 a second or so in the whole window if you want. Then you can cut out or add single words or even parts of words. You have a really powerful editor and it's instantly easy to use. Really. You'll be editing out talking and more in minutes.


So Let's Actually Save The Track
OK, but let's get back to selecting tracks. Regardless of whether you did it on the first screen or you expanded it some, you've easily separated the tracks. Select one. And remember, you can just click play to listen to what you've selected any time you want. So, you have a combination of audio and visual to help you edit. It is really easy.

Now all you have to do is save and name the tracks and you're all set. So, use the special "Save Select As" we put in the file menu and you're all set. Stop. With many other Wave Editors, you have to cut and paste what you want to copy. And that works too, it's just more work. Now you know.

And with the DAK MP3 & Wave Editor & Recorder, there's no messing around. Just select and save. That's it. Now you can effortlessly separate and save your tracks. And remember, this is just ONE of the ways you can do it.


Let's Name Our Track AND WHERE DOES IT GO? - - - DON'T LOSE IT!!!
Oh, and when you do save your tracks, you can save them as EITHER or BOTH WAV files (that's the standard for regular CDs you play in your car or stereo) and/or MP3 files which you can also make into CDs or listen to with your portable or on your computer Anyway, just name your track, pick your format and move on.

But Let's Not lose the tracks we record. It's amazing how easy it is not to notice where you're saving your Tracks in the excitement of converting your records, tapes and Internet Music to CD.

1. Check to see where the 'Save In' dialog box is. You should always create a folder with a name you'll remember to save your tracks. Otherwise they'll end up in the Abyss of My Documents and you may never see them again. Just click the arrow to the right and choose the folder you want to save them in. It's easy. It's fast. But I promise you if you don't know where they are when you save them, you'll never find them again.

2. Here I'm saving these tracks in the Limleiters Folder. I like to make a folder for each artist. It's up to you where you save them, but just click the arrow at the right to put them somewhere that you'll remember. And if I seem to be going on about this, just don't be one of the ones who calls tech support trying to find out where they saved their files.

3. Just type the name of the song/track here and you're all set.

4. So is it Wave or MP3. This is where you make your decision. If it's for a standard audio CD, then just leave it as the standard Wave default. It's easy. It's fast and you'll be all set. If you'd like MP3, just pull down this menu and you're all set. And if you want both, just save it as Wave first then save it a 2nd time as MP3. It's all just that easy.


Oh Heck, Let's ALSO Save This As An MP3.
Here you can see I already saved my song as a .WAV file. Now I'm just saving it as an MP3 file too. Isn't this easy? There really is nothing to it and you're in complete control. No fuss. No muss. No extra Work at all.


Now Comes another DAK Exclusive
Automated Track Naming And Saving.
OK, this is an extra I really worked hard for. When you're copying your LPs, or recording live from Internet Radio, you don't want to have to stop and name your files. Well, now you don't have to.

Here you see the actual recording screen of our SR Sequence Track Record. In short. You Click Record. Then at the end of each track or song, you click the SR (Sequence Track Record) button and the file is closed, named with a Prefix of your prior choosing and identified by time.

Then as soon as the saving process is finished, you can start recording the next track. Depending on the speed of your machine and how long the recorded track was, it usually takes 5-7 seconds. Anyway see how easy it is to turn on this feature below.


What Do You Want To Call Your Tracks?
Is This Great or what? All you do is Click Properties on the main menu and pick 'Sequence Record' Then look at your options. First, you can choose the MAIN name for the tracks you're about to record.
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In this case, it's my favorite Folk Group, The Limeliters Yours can be anything you like. You can change this name with every album, every artist or whenever you want. It really makes coming back to a group of songs you've recorded effortless and easy. And it just takes 2-3 seconds to change. Oh, and don't forget to click 'Apply' when you're done.

And there's more. This remarkable program actually creates a folder for you to keep your tracks in. (You don't even have to create it) Just enter the name of the folder you want your tracks to go in and that's where they'll go.

You can use one master folder, or you can use 'sub folders' for each album or artist. So as you can see I'm using Drew Tracks for mine. But I could use C:\Drew Tracks\Limeliters if I want and then all these songs would be in a folder WITHIN the Drew Tracks Folder. You can send them to your 'My Music Folder' or anywhere.

You know, keeping track of all your tracks can be a pain, so we designed this system so that the program does it all for you. Wait till you see just how easy this really is to use. And that what makes your converting your LPs to CDs, your Cassettes to CDs and your Internet Radio Streaming Music so easy and enjoyable.

I've never seen this auto track naming and folder creating anywhere but here in the DAK Recorder & Editor. I asked for it. I worked on it. And finally we got it.


So, Where Are Your Tracks Saved?
So, where in the world are your tracks? This is great because you always want to know where you're saving your tracks so you don't have to go looking for them. (With many programs I get calls from customers wanting to know where the program saves their tracks) Well I'll show you where they start out. But, you can then direct them to go wherever you want. We start by default saving them in a folder on your C Drive. But, you might want them in your 'My Documents' or in your 'My Music'. It's all easy.

First, just Click your My computer Icon on your Desktop.


Here Are Your Drives.
Once you're in your 'My Computer', you'll find all your drives. You may have more or less than I do, but Double Click your C: Drive to see your tracks.


Here's The Folder You Made. Great.
And Viola, here's my Drew Tracks Folder. Is this neat or what? And don't forget, you can call your folder whatever you want. And you can have the program create 100 folders for 100 albums or have them make sub-folders or you name it. And the DAK Editor will create the folder for you automatically when you click the Apply Button in the Sequence Record Properties Box. Is this easy or what?




So, What Do Your Named Tracks Look Like?
And, Inside the Drew Tracks folder are all the tracks I recorded. You see they all have my Limeliters Prefix, followed by the time code. All you need to do is choose the ones you want and rename them as you go. You can play them, you can edit them. You can do anything. It's all super easy.

Don't forget, you can change the Prefix names with every album, or not. You can use a separate folder within a folder if you want. In short, it's all up to you.

This program does all the heavy lifting for you so you don't have to.


Let's Eliminate
All That Artist Talking, Telling Jokes and Applause

OK to me, this is like the biggest thing that I can do to enhance the enjoyment of all my music. I can't speak for you, but when I own an LP and I've listened to it hundreds of times, I get really tired of listening to the same jokes, the same inter-track talking and even the applause. Well, no more.

Now we can all effortlessly and easily remove it. It just takes a few seconds ONCE and it's gone FOREVER. Then when you make your CDs, you'll only have the music you love without all the interruptions.

So, how do you do it? Simple. Just select the part of the track that has the 'talking' Remember you can play what you've selected by just touching the play button. It's so easy, if you don't get it the first time, you will the 2nd time. And remember, you can just drag the little triangles at the top or bottom to increase or decrease the area you've selected.

Anyway, here I've selected the area of the track I don't want to be stuck listening to from now on.

There are 2 easy ways to fix the problem and I'll show you BOTH ways. Then you can do whichever you choose.


Delete Obnoxious *%#*& Talking & Applause Way One
So here I've Zoomed in on the area I selected in the prior picture. Isn't this easy. All I do is touch the Zoom in + Button and I'm all set. Note: If I now select an area within this zoomed in area, then I can zoom in again and see an even more detailed part of the waveform.

You can continue to do this till you have just part of a word on the whole screen to work with. And while you may not care about doing this and many editors simply can't/won't allow this, it's good to know with the DAK editor, you're dealing with a very powerful program that will allow you to edit exactly the way you want. And remember, you can always touch play to hear and confirm exactly what you've selected.


OK, Let's Nuke the Talking
So now that I've got this big area to look at I've selected just the part I want to eliminate. Then I pull down the Edit Menu and EITHER select Delete Selected or Cut. That's all there is to it. Isn't that easy. And think of all the times you'll listen to this song WITHOUT ever having to listen to the dialog again. This is great. Note: I've done much more work than you have to here to make my point, but as you can see, you can just select and delete.

Now for the 2nd way to fix the obnoxious over-talking problem, See below.


No Talking Way Two.
OK, so what if your favorite artist actually talks while the music starts or ends. Well, that's easy to fix too. Using the same selection, just Choose the Operation Menu and Select Fade- (that's negative). That will take the sound in your selection from the volume it's at in the music to ZERO. Or Fade Plus if the talking or applause is at the beginning.

This is exactly the way the studios fade your music in and out. Now you can do it too. It's really great for applause. So, now you see how easy it is to do it all yourself. You're in complete control of the way you listen to your music from now on.


One More Awful Talking Segment Eliminated.
This talking is a really big thing for me. I hate all the talking. I hate it. I really hate it. Here the unnamed entertainer was taking again. And guess what, I Selected it. And I deleted it. It took me just a few seconds to save the music from all the *#@*&~ infernal talking.

Oh, and there's much more. I've actually rewritten whole songs. I tell the story about My new Daughter-in-law whose name is Laura never having heard the song, "Tell Laura I love her". Well, it's a really sad song.
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Or at least it was till I took out most of the sad parts and gave her a happier version. You can do it too. It's a blast. Having a full power wave editor will open up whole new vistas of recording, mixing and editing capabilities.


But what If you Just Want To Copy Your LPs or Internet Radio Streaming Audio?
OK, this isn't a complex recording studio. I've just been sharing with you some of the POSSIBLE things you can do. Of course if you just want to copy your LPs, 45s Cassettes, or Record from Internet Radio Streaming Audio, you just click the record button and go.

The volume control under the arrow at the left controls the output volume of the player. Or you can use your system volume. It takes over anyway. The Volume control on the right is the input volume and it will control the slider on the Record part of your Window's mixer. The Pull down menu (upper arrow) selects what you want to record.

Here's all you do to select your source.


Which Is Your Computer Like?
Here I show you what the pull down menu looks like on 3 of my computers. Each has a different sound card, so when the DAK Recorder Editor polled the sound card on setup, it got a different set of inputs from each.

This is no problem at all. For recording LPs, 45s and cassettes, you'll want to select your Line In or Analog Mix. This connects to the Line In on your sound card.

For recording streaming audio from the Internet or games or music videos, choose "what you hear" or Stereo Mixer.

You can choose Microphone/Mic for the sound from your microphone. It's all pretty clear, it's just not exactly the same because the DAK Recorder creates the menu based on your sound card, not based on itself.


Setting Up the Property Defaults - System
You're in control of all the default settings of this professional Wave & MP3 Recorder And Editor. Most of these you'll never use. But, it's good to know what you can do.

The top arrow shows the default temporary directory. You need to know this because about 20% of the computers don't seem to have this. When you click Record for the first time if you get a 'Runtime Error', your computer didn't have the directory. If you don't get the error, ignore my next paragraph.

If you do get the error, simply go to your C Drive and make a folder that you can call MusicTemp. Then come back to this screen and type C:\MusicTemp\ and hit Enter. Now you have the directory. Oh, and when you hit enter, you won't see anything happen but don't worry. The program will know.

Next, I just wanted you to see that there are up to 999 undo steps and that the 'Save Extra Non-Audio Information' Should be checked.


Setting Up the Property Defaults - Scales
OK, set the scales (the markings around the waveform) the way I like them. But you can change this if you want. First, the horizontal scale I have set to Millisecond. I like to see how long each track or recording is and work from that. If you like number of samples, just choose that radio button.

For the Vertical Scale, I like dB because that's what we are working with to show volume. If you prefer samples or normal (just numbers) change it to that. You can also select only the left or right channel if you desire.

The others are minor cosmetic variations you can experiment with if you choose.


Setting Up the Property Defaults - Color
Don't like my colors? Click any of the names of the parts of the waveform then click the Change Color button to bring up a color box you can use to select new colors.


Setting Up the Property Defaults - Recording
If you can't get enough volume from your sound card, you can check these boxes. I don't think you'll need to use this screen at all, but feel free too if for any reason your sound card's inputs are too low.


The Pull Down File Menu
Most of this is self evident. But, you should know that the 'Save Select as' is what you use when you're separating tracks. This is a simply great feature that lets you directly save without pasting and opening another screen anything you have selected.

The Save wave image as a graphic is neat. Click this and you'll have a bmp picture of the waveform image you can save or share.

The Covert Sample Type you probably won't use. It let's you save a stereo file as mono or a mono file to both tracks. You can also change the sampling rate of whatever is open. But we are already saving at 44,100Khz, so I think you're all set.

Finally, and this is IMPORTANT, always try to use the SAVE AS instead of save. The reason for this is that as you're editing, you might make changes that you really don't want to keep. Maybe you liked the original better. Who knows. Here's the trick I use. I just add a number to the end so if I'm editing Limeliters, This Land, When I Save As, I'd use ThisLand2. It's easy. I always know that the highest number is the last one I worked on. Try it.


The Pull Down View Menu.
Again, most of this is already clear. And we've already covered the Delete selected, Paste, Paste From File, Mix and Mix From File, Delete Silence and Insert Silence. So, if you weren't clear about the difference between Paste and Paste from file, here it is.

Paste means that you would copy and then paste something from the open file you're working on. Paste from file, would be pasting the ENTIRE File that will open after you click this button into a point you've selected within the current open file.


Skins For Look & Feel.
I think that the skin of the DAK Recorder Editor looks great. But, if you'd like a different color or look, check out the Select Skin Dialog box. There are several other skins you can choose from.

Important note: The skins for the DAK Recorder & Editor are very advanced. THEY MAY NOT WORK in Windows 95 and 98. They are really new. If you have any problems when you are using anything before Windows XP, just select NO SKIN and the program should work great. It just won't look as modern. It will look like all your other programs.


The Pull Down Operation File Menu
Here's a list and description of all the 'Operations' you can perform. Try each one so you get a good feeling of what they do. Some you'll use every day and some, well in my opinion are basically useless. But, they are all here for you.

Amplify+ - This Amplifies the selected part (or all) of an audio file by +20% each time applied. Amplify - -This Decreases the volume of the selected part (or all) of an audio file by -20% each time applied.
Fade+ - This Creates a fading out (loud to soft) effect in the selected part of the file.
Fade- - This Creates a fading in (soft to loud) effect in the selected part of the file.
Delay - This Creates a Delay effect in a selected part of the file. Delay is an echo effect that replays what you have played one or more times after a period of time.
Flanger - This is an odd sound that many people refer to as a "whooshing" sound, or a sound similar to the sound of a jet plane flying overhead. Flanging creates a set of equally spaced notches in the audio spectrum. Flanging is created by mixing a signal with a slightly delayed copy of itself.
Invert - This Inverts the selected part of a file file.
Normalize - This Normalizes the selected part of a file. It amplifies the selection part to within the specified percentage, 80%, of the maximum level.
Vibrato - This causes a slight variation of pitch. Vibrato equals a cyclical changing of certain frequencies up and down like trembling .
Reverse - This reverses the file. It plays it backwards.
Stretch+ - You can stretch a selected part of a file by a time of +20%. Speech is increased without frequency changing.
Stretch- - you can stretch a selected part of a file by time of -20%. Speech is decreased without frequency changing.


The Pull Down Operation Filters Menu
You can correct problems in your music by reducing certain frequency groups. This is what's called destructive restoration. So, use it sparingly. But if you have the right problems, you'll not hear the loss that occurs when you use these filters to help repair the audio problems.

Band Bass - This Applies a Band Pass filter to the selected part of a file. The Band Pass filter consists of BOTH a Low Pass and a High Pass Filter combined together, so it allows only the frequencies falling within a certain range to pass.

Low Pass -This Applies a Low Pass Filter to the selected part of a file. A low-pass filter eliminates unwanted high-frequency noise and interference. So, Low Pass means let the lows pass and stop the highs.

High Pass - This Applies a High Pass Filter to the selected part of a file. A high-pass filter eliminates unwanted low-frequency noise and interference. So, High Pass means let the highs pass and stop the lows.

Low Shelf - This Applies a Low Shelf Filter to the selected part of a file. A Low Shelf filter decreases the volume of the higher frequencies and lets the lowest pass.

High Shelf - This Applies a High Shelf Filter to the selected part of a file. A High Shelf filter decreases the volume of the lower frequencies and lets the highest pass.


Never Ending Features. Where Do You Want To Record.
When you click the regular record button, you start at the beginning. But what if you just want to continue on to a recording or track that you've already got? Well with most programs you're out of luck. Here, just click your cursor to the end or wherever you want the recording to start in the waveform and that's where your ADDED recording will start. Isn't this easy. You're in complete control.


Loop Play For Learning And More.
Here I've selected a couple of words in Spanish that I want to learn to pronounce. All I do is click Loop Play and the words will be repeated with no break forever, or until I figure I can actually pronounce them.

There's a lot you can do with this. My Wife used it to learn the colors in the coat from Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph And The Technicolor Dreamcoat'. What fun that was. There's lots you can do. And it's like repeat, except you select the exact section you want to repeat. Of course you could do a whole song, but that would be too easy.


Insert Silence. Remove Silence. Why Would I want that?
What if there's not enough silence between tracks (or too much)? What if you have a long track that you want to break into segments? No problem.

Simply put your cursor where you want the silence and Click the 'Insert Silence' Button. You'll be adding .5 seconds (1/2) (500 Milliseconds) each time you click. You can remove silence the same way, just use 'Delete Silence'. Of course if you have more than a few seconds, just select the area and choose delete. But, this is really fast and easy to use.




Mark It For Later Reference.
This program is super smart. As I've said before it does all the heavy lifting so you don't have to. If you're doing some fancy editing, you might want to do 2 or 3 versions. So, just mark the spot you want to work from (or as many spots as you like) and you can always come back to the exact same spot with a single click. This really is a time saver. And all you do is put your cursor where you want the Mark, Click the Add Button and you're done. This information will be stored for you.


Mix And Paste In Content
What if you want to add music from one song into music from another? It's easy. Just put your cursor where you want to add the sound and click the 'Paste From File' Button. Wasn't that easy?

Want to Mix one track into another? Say you recorded yourself signing a 3 part round. Then you can paste in your 'prerecorded' file into the others till you have all 3 parts going.

Finally, and of course there's much more I'm sure you can think of, if you have some music, you can play it and listen through headphones while you sing along. So, you'll end up with a complete orchestral accompaniment. Or mix yourself in several times and be a duet, a trio, a quartet, or even a whole choir.


MP3 Info ADD, Change Delete
You know how MP3 often shows you the artist, title etc. Well, you can add that info by simply clicking the Info List in the View Menu. Honestly I rarely do more than track name, but you can do it all right here.


One Channel Mixing Or Normalizing is Just One Click Away

This program is super smart. As I've said before it does all the heavy lifting so you don't have to.

If you only want to record, edit, or apply an effect to one channel, just click in that channel and go to work.

Here I'm showing you that you can normalize one channel or part of one channel by selecting and then applying the effect. Normalizing by the way will equalize volume between tracks so that one song won't be too loud and the next too soft. Often when you record from multiple sources they aren't all the same. And it's no fun to have to fidget with the volume control when you're listening to your CDs.

I also put an arrow next to amplify. If one channel is softer than the other, just choose that channel and choose Amplify. It's really easy. Of course you can amplify or soften both channels, but with the DAK Recorder and Editor, it's all up to you.

You really can do it all with the all new DAK MP3 and .WAV Recorder & Editor


New DAK Wave Editor Pro 2.5 ADDED Tools Breakthroughs.

The new PRO Version, released June 4th 2004 Lets us see what's going on with our computers like never before. Plus it lets you access your Windows Mixer FROM WITHIN THE EDITOR so you don't have to go looking for it any more.

There's a new Menu on the Pro Toolbar. It's called Tools and it's where you'll find the Batch Converter, Memory Manager and your Easy Access to your Windows Mixer and other sound components.

1. There's a new BATCH Converter. You can convert as many Wave Files as you like to MP3, and as many MP3 Files To Wave as you like too. It's easy. Just select a folder with all the files you want to convert and then send them to another folder and you're done. You can even select the MP3 and Wave Settings.

2. The memory manager lets you see a lot of really valuable information about your computer. First, it's simply good to know. Second, it's really fun and exciting to see your computer's heart-rate and Brain Waves. This is like an always running EKG and EEG of your computer. And, if all that's not enough, it's really useful when somebody like DAK Tech Support for example needs to know about your system.

3. The System Sound Control gives you instant access to your Windows Mixer and other sound settings. See Below.


BATCH CONVERT WAVE TO MP3 AND MP3 TO WAVE FAST?
A NEW SUPER EXTRA. Many DAKonians (that's you guys) have BOTH CDs in their cars and MP3 players and have wanted to have BOTH Wave & MP3 music files.

Also thousands of you have converted LPs to CDs with our system LPs to CDR Perfection system that now includes our Wave Editor.

One problem has been that we offer one of the BEST Click & Pop filters ever created and it needs WAVE files, not MP3 files. So, there's been a lot of saving back and forth.

OK, so now we have included the Batch Wave to MP3 and MP3 to Wave converter. Just put all the tracks (files) you want to convert in one folder and have them copied to another and you can convert 1, 10 or 100 tracks automatically. You'll love the freedom and time saving.
And now it's included FREE with the DAK Wave Editor PRO v2.5.


It's easy to use. First Choose the Input Folder. Just Navigate to where you have the files you want to convert. Then choose a new folder (one you probably just made) to receive the newly converted files.

If you want to use standard 44,100 and stereo, just click the Convert Button and it will automatically convert all your files. It's just that easy to use. It will convert every file in your folder automatically.



Memory Manager - Memory Info

Most of this info is just good to know. First, you can see how much RAM your computer actually has. You'll see how much is used and how much is free. Now you really do know with a single click how much memory is in your computer.

Next, there's a measure of your virtual memory. Here's the deal. You have RAM and that's really fast. But, you probably don't have enough to keep everything you're working on in memory. If you did, your computer would operate faster. But, because you don't, your computer being very smart, writes some of what is in your RAM to the hard disk. This happens lots of times a second. You don't know it's happening, but the result is that you basically can have unlimited RAM. The downside is that Virtual RAM slows down whatever you're doing because writing to the hard drive is really slow compared to writing to RAM. But it beats crashing your computer.

The final two arrows tell you about how much extended virtual RAM is available and what the Memory load at present. Probably not very important to you, but vitally important to your computer. OK, now let's check out your CPU


Memory Manager - CPU Info
Do you know what speed your computer is? What kind of CPU? How many CPUs you have? Now you will. This computer of mine has a 2.53GHz CPU by Intel. And the first arrow shows that While I captured this screen it wasn't doing anything. Your should see it fly when I'm doing something.

Remember, that you can use all this info any time. It's really not info about the DAK Wave Editor Pro program, it's information about your computer and what it is and how it's doing.


Memory Manager - Windows Info
OK, so what operating system do you have? I guess you know that. But did you know which version you have? So when you hear of a bug fix, you can see if yours is included? Also you'll see your user name and if you're in a network, the computer name as well. Plus, there's a System Up Time Clock that tells you how long your computer has been on since you last shut it down.

Again, this is all good useful information that's going to make you a much more sophisticated computer user, especially when you're talking to a Tech, anytime, anywhere.

Now onto your Instant Sound Properties access.


Finally Instant Access To Your Windows Mixer and More!
NO MORE HARD TO FIND CONTROLS.

So when you go to the New DAK Editor Pro v2.5 Tools Menu and Click Windows Sound Control, for the first time you'll have easy access to all your Windows Audio Properties and more.

THIS IS IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ IT.
The most frequent calls we get in Tech Support have to do with turning on your Windows Mixer and choosing which sliders to turn on. Also, sometimes you don't have the little speaker Icon showing in your tray by the clock, so we've added DIRECT ACCESS to all the functions right here in the new DAK Wave Editor Pro. You won't use these all the time, but now you know how to reach them instantly and easily. This will make a major difference to your recording and enjoying your music.

Arrow 1. This is the sound card you have. Often if you have a problem, you need to know what type of sound card you have and now you will. It's not printed on the outside of your computer. Often it's not even on the bill. Now you'll know.

2. This is the System Volume control. If you single click the little speaker by the clock in your system tray at the bottom right of your desktop, you'll see that when you slide this slider it also slides the one pictured above. It's neat. But, now it's easy to access whenever you want.

3. Mute. This is a system mute. Again, it's the same as the one in your system tray. It's just more convenient here. Important. If you are recording, especially from the Internet, you can click this Mute button and record without bothering anyone around you. It's good to know where it is and this you will use.

4. OK, lots of you have said you don't have the little speaker in your tray for your system volume. If it's not there, just check this box and you'll see it down by your clock. I always have mine there. (Windows XP Users look to the left of your clock if you don't have the speaker and look for a small sideways V or arrow. Click that and you may find the speaker.)

5. This is big. HERE'S YOUR WINDOWS MIXER. Just click this and you'll see the Windows Mixer that I've mentioned so often. It's really important that you have access to your Windows Mixer. Check out my next picture.

6. Some sound cards have this some don't. If you click it you'll find balance for your speakers and other convenience features that really do help you enjoy your music.

Finally, every sound is different. The Windows Mixer and options are totally dependent on your card. Windows just adds sliders and buttons that are appropriate for your card. So the basics will be here. You may find more or less.

Now you can Check yours out with just a click. This is a real time saver and view into your system that you've probably never had before.



Here's Your Window's Mixer
AFTER You Click The Advanced Button.

Here's the all important Windows Mixer. Now it's just a click away. Check out my whole section on setting it up. It's just a few clicks that you need to make.

But if you can't hear your LPs and CDs through your computer speakers as they play. This is where your problem is. Turn it On.

If you can hear your music through your speakers but you can't quite seem to get a recording, Turn on the recording section.

If you can't record what you hear on the Internet, then choose Stereo Mixer, Wave, or What You Hear. Do it here or do it in the new DAK Wave Editor Pro v2.5.

Be sure to check out my tutorial section on Turning On Your Windows Mixer. If it's not turned on, you won't be able to record.


BIG DEAL- I SAVED IT FOR LAST - DIRECT OPEN CD AUDIO (cda) FILES.
OK, this is hot. Up till now you needed to get a CD Ripper to transfer music tracks from your CDs to your computer so you could copy them or edit them.

It's been a bit of a headache but, Wave Editors don't come with CDA opening capability. Now the new DAK Wave & MP3 Editor/Recorder PRO v2.5 does.

Just navigate to your CD drive as I've done above and choose CDA from the drop down box where I put my BIG DEAL arrow and you can now open CDA audio files instantly and effortlessly. This is the same box that you use to choose Wave & MP3 Files. So, now it's as easy to open CDA files as Wave & MP3 Files.

This is a big, big extra.

 
A few last things that I want to mention.
Here's one more tip. If you missed it above. Yes I know there are a lot of words and pictures. Always do a 'Save As' for your creations so that you leave the original intact. That way you can always make your edits again. It's such an easy thing to do and so few people do it that I really want to emphasize how happy you'll be when the power goes out or you take out something you later decide you want. I do a 'Save As' just by adding a number to my file name. So I would save MySong.wav first. Then MySong2.wav. Isn't that easy?
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Oh, and I always make two copies of all my CDs. With CDRs costing only about $0.15-$020 cents, it's just a really good idea to have one as an archive and one to play. Since I have a 12 CD changer in my car and since it gets really hot when I drive in the desert I don't want to take any chances.
I think it's always a good idea. Need I remind you at this point that it's illegal, immoral and fattening to share your musical treasures with others? Don't make copies for friends. Don't sell them. And well, don't cheat. It's easy to forget that our old treasured albums are still under copyright. But chances are that they are still protected.
And because you can record streaming audio from the Internet doesn't mean you should record that which you aren't supposed to. Always check your user agreements before you record for your collection.
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Now that you've looked through this tutorial I want you to know that I've covered a lot but it's all really simple.

Please don't feel because there's so much here that it's hard or complicated. It's really easy to do everything I've shown you hear and much more. You really can copy your LPs to CD, Record Streaming Audio from the Internet and best of all you can edit it all to split the tracks and remove the talking. It's really easy. It's really hassle free. And you can do it in a snap.

Still have questions? Did I miss something (probably)? I'll add it if you write to me.

Enjoy. . . Drew

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