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Making a Video Clip with Vegas Video 3 – Part 2

In part one of this tutorial we went through the basics of loading and trimming audio and video clips. During this process, we used five windows of the Vegas Video interface. The Explorer window was used to browse for files, the media pool to collect...

Making a Video Clip with Vegas Video 3 - Part 1

Vegas Video is Sonic Foundry's video editor, bringing many of the audio editing capabilities of ACID to the world of digital video. Vegas delivers the best of both worlds in the sense that users of Adobe Premiere and other "old school" video editing ...

Introduction to Remixing Songs in ACID Pro 4 - Part 2

In part one of this guide we imported an MP3 file into ACID Pro 4 and used the beatmapper function to analyse the tempo of the song. Then we created an audio clip in the timeline and used the loop playback option to listen to the result. This week, w...

Introduction to Remixing Songs in ACID Pro 4 – Part 1

If you’ve been following our digital music tutorials over the last six months, you will have become something of an MP3 guru. You’ve learned to rip CDs and record vinyl and cassette to MP3. You’ve made compilation CDs and learned how to beat match an...

MP3 to MiniDisc and Cassette

Digital audio such as MP3 is excellent for music storage and playback when you have a computer or digital player handy. Sometimes, however, you may want to take your music with you and all you have is a humble cassette player or, at best, a MiniDisc ...

CD Ripping - Audio Extraction Methods Compared

If you have read our Advanced Guide to CD Ripping, then you should be familiar with the process of CD audio extraction. What you may not know are the various methods that are used to do this and the pros and cons of each. This week we take a look und...

MP3PRO - the Next Generation of MP3

One way of describing MP3PRO is to say it is comprised of two audio files woven together. The first part is a regular low bitrate MP3 file that uses the original MP3 compressor-decompressor, or "codec". The second part is another layer of audio that ...

Alternative Media Player Software Roundup

This week we take a look at the free software options available for playing digital media files, including MP3s. We're all familiar with the big players such as Windows Media Player and Winamp, so we take a closer look at the underdogs and see what t...

Downloading free and legal MP3s

MP3 made headlines a few years ago as the technology that would threaten the music industry and deprive artists of their livelihood. While Napster and other utilities have been thwarted by the big record companies and industry bodies, a growing commu...

A guide to Winamp visualisations

The visualisation plugin features of Winamp allow you to watch real time graphics that respond to your music as it plays. It's not quite a video clip, but with some of the more advanced plugins, it's not far from it.

DIY Guide to Making Winamp Skins

Making your own customised Winamp ‘skins' is a fairly straightforward procedure. All you need is an image editor such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro and the Winamp ‘base skin', which you can download from the Winamp site.

Streaming MP3 Files

Ever wanted to run your own Internet radio station? This week we show you how to get started in next to no time.

Keeping track of your MP3s

Once your collection of digital music starts to grow, and your hard disk space starts to diminish, you may find yourself accumulating dozens of CDs full of music. With 10-15 albums per CD, your collection can quickly become hard to keep manage. A goo...

Converting MIDI Files to MP3

This subject came up recently on HelpScreen.com.au, and is an FAQ topic on most MP3 and audio sites. Although many audio programs, such as Windows Media Player and Winamp, will play MIDI files along with MP3s and other digital audio files, MIDI files...

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