The Audacity of Audition

One of my favorite things to do is raid the cheap vinyl bins of used record stores, pick up some oddballs, then take them home and digitize them. My tool set is simple:

  • Technics linear drive turntable; purchased new in 1986.
  • Radio Shack preamp; purchased new some time in the late seventies by my brother, who used it to feed into his boom box.
  • MacBook (black)
  • Audacity
  • ClickRepair; phenomenal vinyl noise reduction tool by Brian Davies

I've been using Audacity for ages, thanks to its power, ease, and of course, its price. However, I began using Adobe Audition for mastering my audiobook and I really liked its features and power. My only gripe with it was the zoom tool, which struck me as incredibly kludgy.

This weekend I decided to go on a small digitizing binge. I plowed through about a half dozen LPs and used Audition instead of Audacity to force myself to try and get more comfortable with it.

I'm happy to report that my little experiment worked. The problem was that I hadn't figured out that I can use the trackpad too zoom in and out, rather than either the slider above the edit window, or hitting the - or + key a dozen or more times. I also am able to export songs as mp3 files directly. I never set that up in Audacity, so I would export files in AIFF format and then convert them in iTunes. Using Audition saves me a bunch of conversion time!

So that's it! Now I'm all in with Audition. And I still have a heaping pile of vinyl to plow through, so it looks like I'm going to be getting even more familiar with Audition in the coming weeks.