Cool, Free, Open Source Audio Software :-)

February 9, 2008 at 10:42 am | Posted in Software | 4 Comments
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I am currently in a quest to enlighten myself about the usage of audio editing software – the standard affordable software for DAWs* seems to be Pro Tools, starting at € 60. I am unable to assess whether it is also fit for studio production, but instead of searching for a cracked Pro Tools download (which is of course a thought that only briefly crossed my mind:-) I opted for the open source solution Audacity: It only took me a few minutes to get around its workings and make it perform what I wanted it to: make a voice recording, convert it from stereo to mono, normalize it, get rid of a few glitches, edit, splice, export – and I guess there are many more functions to unleash still. It’s piece of free software that I am VERY happy to promote: get it at Soundforge. Perfect for PhD candidates in the humanities who are expanding their software literacy to enhance their teaching 🙂

Audacity

The cheap micro I had didn’t work properly, so I borrowed one that seems to be made especially for podcasters: It comes with a little amplifier (basic functions) which plugs into your USB port so you won’t need an extra electricity supply! Pretty cool (forgot to write down the name, will do that later) – wordpress.org needs another few days until I find the time to learn that too.

*) This is apparently audio editing jargon: DAW for digital audio workstation = Digital audio workstation. A computer with the appropriate hardware and software needed to digitize and edit audio. [Source]

Copyright Craze Gone too Far

June 13, 2007 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I just (don’t ask me how) stumbled over a website where somebody claims copyright for crocheting a circular shape with a hole in it:

SCRUNCHIE



The following pattern is my original design and can only be copied or printed for personal use.

Damn, I almost committed copyright theft. I was just about to crochet 12 napkin rings after this pattern and sell them on the stoop. Hey, but I am safe: She also offers a page with FREE crocheting patterns that ANYBODY may use and probably even for COMMERCIAL purposes. There’s a lot of money in the crocheting industry, I hear.

IS THERE ANYBODY HERE WHO COULD INTRODUCE THE YOUTH OF TODAY TO THE OPEN SOURCE AND COPYLEFT IDEA BEFORE THEY SUCCUMB TO THE PATH OF EVIL AND BEGIN CLAIMING COPYRIGHT ON THE WORD ‘PEACE’ BECAUSE THEY WROTE IT WITH THEIR OWN HAND AND PEN?

Arf.

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