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    Can you name a program for starters?


    Can you name a program for starters?

    Hello, I'm new at FreeSound (new in busyness terms...if you know what I mean...). Since the age of 9/10 I've started to work with visual programs, animation, editing and so on, and now I'm 17 and finally decided that if I have to start, than it's now or never. During this last couple of years, I've been wishing to start working with sound effects, designing and soo on, but just as although I've been working from that soon with visual programs, I haven't got equipment to start to work on field with my own footages, I've only studied, bought books, evolved from project to project, worked with a guy who really has equipment for me to try on experiments... and so I would ask you, if theres any program where we can learn the basics of managing sound without having to use any equipment besides my laptop.

    Do you know any program that would be good for me to start, but that doesn't really require to have a microphone? You see, in visual programs I've been using footages from movies, footages from friends, footages from my poor cellphone... So I wonder if theres any program that can allow me to "build" or "shape" sounds, whitout having to record anything.

    I know there's Cubase that can make you play the instruments on the keyboard, but I just can't get that program.

    So on an analogical way, I'd like to know if theres any program for sound where I can learn the basics like... let's say, Movie Maker, as it's the most basical program for starting to work with editing, so what would be the most basical program for starting to work with sound?

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    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
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    WoW I already had that program, but never had tried to use it much further... But now that I've been investigating it, it's perfect for a starting happy Thank you very much!

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    and... a lot of tutorials , google video ;

    "audacity tutorial"

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    Thank you guys, I've been learning so much with audacity! I so want to build my own sounds! Thank you very much!! grin

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    I Would also say that Audacity is your best bet, it is pretty easy to use and comprehend.
    Also huge amout of knowlegde and tutorials easy accesable.

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    I use Audacity for anything at the "lower levels" of sound manipulation. In fact, I sometimes use Audacity from scratch, as it has several choices in the "generate" menu.

    Also, which is something I NEVER knew about until I found it there--Audacity will find some VST plugins that you can freely obtain (like the Crystal synthesizer), they'll appear in the "generate" menu in Audacity.

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    Audacity is good if all you want to do is sequence sounds. You can have as many tracks as you want so you can have sounds playing over each other, etc.
    The timeline makes it easy to sync sounds to a video sequence etc.

    However, f you want to process sounds (EQ, reverb, etc), I would say Audacit is not a very good choice. Even if you bring in external plugins.
    In that case, I recomment Reaper. The trial version is not limited, it is free and you can use it for an unlimited period of time (provided you are not making commercial work).
    In Reaper you can add a lot of built in effects (EQ, reverb, compression, etc) which are useful for the kind of thing you are after. You can also easily control the volume and pan of each track or even individual samples. Also easy to stretch samples or play them at a different pitch.

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    There is also 'Ardour' as a choice, but the learning curve is quite steep.

    If this is a problem, I also recommend Reaper, that AlienXXX suggested above.


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    Thank you all very much, I've been trying all the programs you've all suggested. I really love the Reaper and Audacity is giving me a great chance to learn on my own with the multiple effects it easly allows us to manipulate. The Reaper has been teaching much about the vocabulary and the functionality of the effects. The other programs are also great to try, but I think that for now, I'll keep practicing with this two.
    Thank you very very much! happy

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