Windows optimization for Digital Audio

  1. Power Settings: Set to High Performance and open Advanced settingsPrzechwytywanie
    1. Maximum and minimum CPU for 100%
    2. Disable slideshow
    3. USB Settings” -> “USB select suspend setting”, change the setting to “Disabled”.
  2. Figure 4.11: USB Hub Properties
    1. Open the Device Manager, by clicking the Windows Start button, typing “device
    manager” and pressing Enter.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the list and expand the entry “Universal Serial Bus controllers”.
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    3. Go through the list and right click on all devices including the words “USB Hub” or
    “USB Root Hub”.
    4. Choose “Properties” from the popup menu.
    5. Switch to the “Power Management” tab
    6. Uncheck the option “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”
    7. Repeat from step 3 for all hub devices.
    Figure 4.12: USB Hub Properties
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3. Disable automatic paging on disc drives. Set paging on SSD on minimum and maximu size of 150% of Size of physical RAM. e.g. 4GB RAM = 6GB Paging file

Maschine studio and ableton live 9 configuration notes

How to setup maschine studio as controller in ableton live 9?

1) Install updates to controller editor.

Template from this webpage does not work:  http://maschinetutorials.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Maschine_Live_Template.zip

2) Watch tutorial video and have some fun:)

3) To use ableton and maschine simultaneuosly, without a need to opening multiple instances of vst maschine and losing original maschine pad sensitivity

4) To record  audio from maschine to ableton for mix

a) Create new audio tracks with audio input set to external instrument. Keep audio output to master

b) On external instrument select “sends only”  and set audio output to to recently created audio channel

Shortcuts for control surface:

shift+channel – > switch between maschine and ableton control mode:

hold group h + pad – > stop playing particular track on ableton

in pattern mode:

mute + pad # – > mute track #

solo  + pad # – > solo track #

in pad mode:

side buttons under knob -> change octave

bass note +  knob ->  shifts all notes by semitone

navigate mode:

Remember to MIDI arm instrument

Use side buttons under main knob  to select mode e.g. edit, channel, tune, swing.

Device mode:

use focus to  switch views from piano roll to mixer, session view and browser

Samples selection and chopping workflow

  1. Download the naive-chopper script. LINK
  2. Add the path to the folder storing the script to the PATH
  3. Go to directory with WAV files to be chopped.
  4. For segments of length 30 run:
    1. $ for file in *.wav; do naive-audio-chopper.sh $file ../<output-dir>/; done
  5. For 60 seconds long segments run:
    1. $ DURATION=60;
    2. $ for file in *.wav; do naive-audio-chopper.sh $file ../<output-dir>/ $DURATION $STARTPOINT $ENDPOINT; done
    1. For 20 seconds long segments between 2:00 and 3:00 minute:
      1. $ DURATION=20;  STARTPOINT=120; ENDPOINT=180;
      2. $ for file in *.wav; do naive-audio-chopper.sh $file ../<output-dir>/ $DURATION $STARTPOINT $ENDPOINT; done

Preparing Audio CD master image for CD replication on Windows

Requirements  from the CD pressing company:

  1. In order to be sure that recording parameters like silences between tracks, normalization, cd-texts are correctly set, the audio material has to be provided as DDP.
  2. Correct CD-TEXT should be compliant with the ISO 8859-1 encoding standard.

DDP Image recipe:

  1. Download DDP mastering tools http://ddp.andreasruge.de/
  2. Add directory storing cue2ddp software to Windows PATH
  3. Copy master WAV file and corresponding cue file with information about individual tracks.
  4. Prepare CUE file according to following rules:
    1. All titles, artist names need to be inside double quotation sings e.g. “Artist Name”
    2. Time format should follow standard: MM:SS:ss:ff
      1. MM – minutes
      2. SS -seconds
      3. ss – milliseconds
      4. ff – frames, from range 1-25
  5. In the folder where both files are strored run cue2ddp.exe <cue_file> <folder_with_DDP_image_data>
  6. Test the correctness of image following the steps describedi in 1.
    1. ddpinfo.exe <folder_with_DDP_image_data>

For less restrictive purposes e.g. private storage the alternative is to use Cue/Bin Image.

Here’s the recipe how to do prepare Cue/Bin Image with Sox.

  1. Run your linux enviroment for audio processing tasks. (do not have linux? Just download the audio processing VM here, run it in the VM environment like Oracle VMbox or VMWare Player and you’re ready to go).
  2. Check is sox installed: sox –version
  3. Download wav2bincue-sox.sh script from github https://github.com/goodmike31/audio_scripts/tree/master/prepare-bin-cue-image
  4. In the scripts set your own values of varilables like “PERFORMER” and “ALBUM_TITLE” etc (see sections SPECIFIED_BY_USER)
  5. Prepare WAV files. Check 44.1 kHz/16 bits format and rename all files match the pattern <track_index_with_single_leading_zero>-<track_title>.wav eg. 01-This is the song title.wav, 02-This is the song title2.wav, etc.
  6. Run the script with two arguments: Directory with mastered audio files in 16bits/44.1 kHz WAV format and output dir ./wav2bincue-sox.sh <input_dir> <output_dir>
  7. Check correctness of generated BIN/CUE pair by creating new AudioCD project in CDBurnerXP.
    1. File->Import CUE/BIN

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How to automatically process collection of sounds on Windows.

Recipe:

  1. Download and install sox. http://sourceforge.net/projects/sox/
  2. Run windows command line. “Start->Run Program-> type “cmd” and press enter.
  3. Enter directory storing files you want to process. (cd  command)
  4. Create directory for output files mkdir processed
  5. Run command:
    1. forfiles /m *.wav  /c “sox @path <sox-flags> <output_dir>\\@file”
      1. Variables starting with @ are CMD shell built-in varilables
      2. Variables in angle brackets should be specified by the user
  6. Voila. Results are available in the “processed” directory

Usage examples:

  1. Reduce bit depth to 16 bits
    1. for files /m *.wav  /c “sox @path -b 16 processed\\@file”
  2. FLAC files info
    1. for files /m *.flac /c “sox @path -n stats”

Sources:

[1] http://ss64.com/nt/forfiles.html

[2] Great explnatation by Hydrogen forum members about why one should always use dither when reducing bit rate.

 http://www.hydrogenaud.io/forums/index.php?showtopic=87045&st=0