Re: [linux-audio-user] Best SW for extracting & arranging short clips?

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Best SW for extracting & arranging short clips?
From: Dave Phillips (
Date: Fri May 17 2002 - 00:32:42 EEST

Hi, Geoff:

  I'd do all that with GRip and GCombust:

  If you need to edit the clips Snd is a nice editor. There are others
listed in the Linux soundapps pages...

Best regards,

== Dave Phillips

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Geoff Kuenning wrote:
> Hi, all,
> I'm a list newbie, though a Linux oldie. One of my side hats is
> giving occasional lectures on opera, which I illustrate with very
> short (15-45 seconds) clips lifted from my CD collection. My problem
> in the past has been that it can be very time-consuming to prepare the
> clips, since it's not practical to cue up a CD of the complete work in
> the middle of a lecture.
> My procedure so far has been to first rip the entire work to a .wav
> file as a unit. Then I listen, making note of the rough time offsets
> of things that might be useful in a talk. So far, I don't think I can
> do any better.
> The painful part comes in collecting the clips. I use xmms to return
> to the clip in question, this time taking careful note of the start
> and end offsets. Then I use sox's "play" command to do a test
> extraction to find out if I picked the right boundaries. In the same
> parameters, I specify (i.e., guess at) the fade-in/out I need. It
> often takes 3-4 trials and errors to figure out the correct
> parameters. Then I have to do another extraction to a file, and
> repeat the whole thing for the next clip.
> Working the way I do now, I probably spend 3-10 minutes on each clip.
> Then I have to build a .toc file so I can burn the final CD with cdrdao.
> I'm wondering if there is any GUI software that would ease this task.
> I'm thinking that if I could just grab a pointer and drag it back and
> forth, sort of like rocking tape reels, I could pick my start & end
> points a lot more quickly. If I could then pipe that chosen portion
> into a script of my own devising, I think I could make the remaining
> steps relatively simple. I looked at snd (very briefly) but haven't
> had time to experiment yet.
> It would also be nice (though hardly critical) to have something that
> would let me drag-and-drop the extracted clips to arrange them and
> build a .toc file.
> Anybody have any recommendations?
> --
> Geoff Kuenning
> If a person is obviously mentally disabled, such as having Down's
> syndrome or Alzheimer's, decent people exercise sympathy and
> understanding in their interactions. So why, if someone merely has a
> low IQ, is he treated with ridicule and contempt?

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