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RE: Audacity - New Features
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Subject: RE: Audacity - New Features
From: Mike Shane <mshane@salemomaha.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2017 22:04:46 +0000
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Thread-topic: [CRTech] Audacity - New Features

Two thoughts/anecdotes about this from someone who only uses Audacity as a last ditch when the computer in use doesn’t have an Audition or Cool Edit license.

 

1.     Good thing you stopped at 1.0, Andy.  We went to 1.5 back in the way back and I discovered the Alt keyboard shortcuts I like to use had been changed for no apparent good reason.  I go back and forth between Cool Edit 2000 and Audition so the differing shortcuts mess with me.  In this case it’s the Save As… and Save Selection… shortcuts.  Every single Microsoft-standard application uses Alt-F-A for Save As…  and Syntrillium added Alt-F-E for saving a highlighted selection.  In 1.5, Adobe made Alt-F-E be Save As… and Atl-F-T be Save Selection… which leads to easily saving an entire file when you only wanted the selection.  I don’t know that many people use the Alt shortcuts but I find them handy for not having to hold one button down while pressing another.  Tap-tap-tap and you’re there.

 

2.     On the issue of ‘how many extra clicks’: When you use something a lot during the course of a day, let alone a week, month, year, etc. the extra clicks can be annoying.  Anyone remember WaveCart?  We had the last build of version 2 before they moved on to version 3.  That particular flavor of version 2 (and maybe others before it) had a quirk when using rotators.  If you played one, it stutter started the audio.  Our computers weren’t fast enough to support version 3 so I found a workaround.  If you opened the rotator, loaded the cut that was up next, then updated the rotator to play the next cut next time, the audio problem was eliminated.  You just had to manually update the rotator, which I admit sort of defeats the purpose of a rotator but we were just getting started with computerized automation at this point.  The whole procedure required 9 extra mouse clicks each time it came up but it took about 5 seconds to do them.  This was apparently too much for one of our folks who got in a heated argument with me over it one day!  As brothers in Christ, I hasten to add that we settled that difference later that same day.  And he had a point when viewed over the long pull of workflow.

 

Mike Shane

Salem Media Group Omaha

 

From: Andy Larsen [mailto:andy@whwl.net]
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 11:32 AM
To: CRTech
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Audacity - New Features

 

I like saving money too. I still use Audacity on computers where I only need to do occasional editing, like at my desk. I just wouldn't recommend it for full-time use by part-time staff in a professional radio environment. If it works for you, fantastic!

We purchased the upgrade from Cool Edit Pro to Audition 1.0 and have never felt the need to upgrade. I would buy an old serial number version before I paid for a subscription.

 

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