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    Get creative with simple, free music editors




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    Get creative with simple, free music editors


    By Lincoln Spector

    Applications such as Windows Media Player and iTunes are great for playing music, but not for changing it to suit your needs.

    Fortunately, there are free applications that can let you convert, trim, and otherwise modify audio files.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/2011/01/27/06 (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    You write:
    In order to create .mp3s, Audacity requires its own special version of the LAME encoding library file lame_enc.dll (info site). Yet despite the fact that this file was created for Audacity and has its own installer, Audacity has to be pointed to the LAME file's location the first time you try to create an .mp3. Why couldn't the DLL's installer simply put the file where Audacity expects to find it?
    That's answered in the FAQ:
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help...&item=lame-mp3

    Frank

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    Hi Lincoln

    re your comments about adding MP3 metadata tags, I've found the best application (also freeware) is TagScanner (download from http://www.xdlab.ru/en/download.htm ). It lets you rename files, batch edit metadata, search for file metadata at 5 or six sites (eg Amazon in 4 countries, Discogs, Freedb Tracktype). You can also embed cover art into the MP3 tags so they display in players like iTunes. Another good automated program to find and add metadata is the donation ware program Picard MuicBrainz (download http://musicbrainz.org/doc/PicardTagger ).

    Cheers

    Joffaboy

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