Archive for June, 2010

How To Rip and Clean Your Analog Audio Collection

June 23, 2010

From Lifehacker.com
We’ve discussed a number of steps to digitize your audio, but if you’re looking to delve a bit deeper into ripping all that analog media, technology weblog Tested takes you through the process start to finish.

Whether you want to get the highest quality sound possible, or you just can’t find that old, rare, live cut anywhere else, sometimes you have no other choice but to break out the old LP collection. Of course, ripping an LP to your computer isn’t as easy as ripping a CD, especially if you want it to sound like it did the first day you bought it. Lots of your records are probably pretty old and have some wear and tear on them, causing them to click, pop, and hiss—so you’ll need to do a bit of work before they’re ready to put on your iPod.

Tested takes you through the entire process using previously mentioned open source audio editor Audacity, from hooking up the hardware to dialing down the noise to equalizing it all out. They use a few tracks that they ripped themselves as examples, so you can hear what your files should sound like before and after each step in the process. Hit the link for the full walkthrough, and be sure to share your analog audio-ripping tips in the comments.

Read How to Rip and Clean Your Analog Audio Collection at Tested

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OPEN SOURCE GOD: 480+ Open Source Applications

June 21, 2010

From: Mashable
Open source software is booming: here we round up over 480 open source applications for you to use or build upon.

Feel free to add more apps in the comments. And don’t forget to subscribe to Mashable for the latest web news and resources. Also see the other entries in this series: ONLINE PRODUCTIVITY GOD, WORDPRESS GOD, ONLINE MEDIA GOD and FIREFOX GOD.

Read the rest at Mashable.com