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dazza14

Seperating up a large WAV file

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my band played a support slot a few weeks ago and the sound man recorded the whole set onto a memory stick in a 43min WAV file.
I would like to cut down the file into the individual songs but have no way of doing this.
Is there a piece of software I can download or is there something easy on Windows Media Player or similar that I just haven't worked out yet?

All help... um, helpful.

Dazza

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You should be able to download Audacity for free - that should be able to cope with such a huge .wav file, and it will show you the waveform so you can see where the songs begin and end.

http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/

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[quote name='EBS_freak' timestamp='1502210399' post='3350026']
Is it a multitrack wav?
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I don't think so, I think it's just one big chunk of data.

I'll give Audacity a download and look into it further. Thank you for the advice

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[quote name='dazza14' timestamp='1502352770' post='3350806']
I don't think so, I think it's just one big chunk of data.

I'll give Audacity a download and look into it further. Thank you for the advice
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It's more than likely a stereo file. Audacity is easy enough to use for splitting it up. Once done, it might be a Good Idea to 'normalise' each of the chunks so that they all have a relatively even level..? Depending on the sonic result, mastering may be of benefit, too. Just for the anecdote, we had a desk recording of one of our concerts; there had been an error in the connections, making the whole thing sound muddy. One pass of a mastering tool brought it all up to very acceptable quality. Just sayin'.
If you have any difficulties with anything, there are many here that can either offer guidance or do the job for you, given the file. Good luck with it; we'd like to hear a bit of it, if it's at all palatable.

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+1 for Audacity, I've used it for exactly that many times.

Make sure you save a copy of the original file first though before you start hacking it up!

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If you are going to normalise it, do it before you split it into individual songs or you will loose the relative volumes of quiet songs vs loud ones.

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Having heard the full file again the sound levels are consistant, but I'll look at 'normalising' it before I split them.
Had a quick go at splitting them and it's not jumping out at me how to do it but hopefully I'll get time over the weekend to look at it more.

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[quote name='dazza14' timestamp='1502378538' post='3351087']...it's not jumping out at me how to do it...
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Here's a short video tutorial; there are many others on t'tube...

http://youtu.be/72ewbraagj8

Hope this helps.

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