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    Multi-track Audio

    I'm not anything close to knowledgeable about this topic and what I want to do is really a "for fun" project. I'm trying to entice three other guys into forming a fool-around barbershop quartet. These are three guys at the nursing home where I do volunteer work and they're not impaired in any way, just shy. I would like to make a four track sample of a couple of minutes duration, of a barbershop song, where I will do it at home on my computer, that is I will sing all four voice parts. I guess what I'm looking for is some kind of mixing software but I'm not even sure about that. I happened to remember someone mentioning Cool Edit, which is now Adobe Audition AND costs $300 which is a bit much for a fool-around, maybe one time thing like this. Does anyone have any software ideas that I might be able to live with, price wise?

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    Re: Multi-track Audio

    Al,

    Here are a couple from this Google Search.

    http://www.multitrackstudio.com/index.php & http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs...titrackStudio/. I'm not familiar with either, but from looking over the second one, briefly, it looks like it should be a simple matter to do what you want with almost any one of them. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Multi-track Audio

    Thanks Doc, I'll give 'em a look. Embarrassing as it is, I tried the cassette recorder and microphone to mix two parts into a WAV file but that method not only stinks, it's VERY difficult to get anywhere near an acceptable sound. It does seem to me that I remember a shareware program that would record from two sources at once but for the life of me I can't remember what it might have been.

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    Re: Multi-track Audio

    My son has been asking me to get some software of this type for a couple of months, so he can play the piano and the guitar and sing on the same recording. I'll try them out and offer some feedback.

    StuartR

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    Re: Multi-track Audio

    Doc or Stuart: The first program that Doc listed has this quote on its web page: "...Audio tracks can be recorded while playing along with previously recorded ones..." I don't see a comment as specific as that on the second program. From what you've read, do you think it also will do that same thing? Stuart, it sounds like your son wants to do the same thing as I do, albeit mine will be voice only. I want to sing the "lead" line in a barbershop song, then play that line while recording the "tenor" part and so on, for baritone and bass. It's an interesting challenge... and considering the alternatives, both of Doc's links are reasonably priced for what it looks like they will do.

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    Re: Multi-track Audio

    I'd have a look at MultiQuence. For low budget multitrack, this is an excellent tool. I agree with you that Audition is pricey, but it's become a standard for me. I rarely use anything else unless I'm forced to! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Multi-track Audio

    Go here for audio/video tools:
    http://www.doom9.org/

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    Re: Multi-track Audio

    MultiTrack Studio is looking good so far, but he has already run up against the 3 track limit of the free version.

    StuartR

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