Musicians can make entire recordings with this software, but it is also just as capable at adding audio to video or mixing radio programs. Street price is around 550. Tools for both Mac and Windows systems These tools are available for both Windows and Mac. Obviously, just how stingy you can be with your settings while retaining acceptable quality depends on the individual audio file. You should certainly do some testing to see how small you can make the file without sacrificing essential audio detail. Sound effects work at 8 Khz or 11.025 KHz. Music sounds acceptable at 22 Khz. Using these guidelines, if we start with a one-minute music sample at CD quality (10 MB) and change it to a mono, 8-bit, 22 Khz WAV file, its size is. Windows audio tools The following tools are available for use on Windows: Sound Forge by Sonic Foundry m Sound Forge is limited to editing stereo files, but it includes many plug-ins for effects such as chorus, delay, distortion, reverb, and compression. Depending on how well the studio is equipped, it can cost from 30 to 250 per hour, and up. Basic Sound Editing and Effects. Onc e you've recorded raw audio, the next step is to clean up the recording. Digidesign also offers "ProTools Free a free version of ProTools (limited to eight tracks at m/ptfree/. Optimizing for the Web After the sound files have been recorded and edited, it is time to convert them to their target web audio format and make them as. One great all-purpose tool is Cleaner john sandford stolen prey ebook 5, from Terran Interactive available for the Mac and Windows systems. This program is designed to get the best quality files at the smallest size in whatever format you choose. There is a huge selection of software for audio editing and format conversion. The software ranges from single-purpose utilities available via free download to professional digital-audio editing suites costing thousands of dollars. Some popular professional-level tools are listed in the following sections. Bit depth Audio files for the Web are often saved at 8 bits, which will result in a file that is half the size of a 16-bit file. MP3s can handle 16-bit due to their efficient compression. It is possible to capture sound using available resources (like the microphone that came with your computer but the quality will not be appropriate for a professional site. The cost of recording equipment escalates quickly for each level of sound quality. An investment of 800 to 4000 in equipment (not counting the computer) is enough to get started on creating a home (or small business) studio. Getting a studio up and running also requires investments of time, effort, and education. The tool you use may depend on the file format. For instance, RealAudio and LiquidAudio have their own creation tools. There are also several tools specialized for the creation of MP3s. Tools are discussed with their respective file formats later in this chapter. Start page O'Reilly: Web Design in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition rating of books rating of authors reviews copyrights Recording and producing your own audio requires a significant investment in hardware, software, and time spent learning. If you need to put professional-quality audio on your site. Street price is about 400. Cool Edit by Syntrillium m For only 69, Cool Edit offers up to four tracks of audio editing and includes plug-ins for audio restoration as well as the usual reverbs, delays and so on.