Sound Forge. Cut off end of a wav file to shorten the file. NOT !!

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Member Since: Nov 26, 2004

Hi,
In Sound Forge 4.5, I cut off some silence at the end of a number of my wav files thinking when I burn them all onto a CD I would get less time between tunes. AHHH ! Wrong ! I made silence but I did not shorten the wav file itself. Now I get a distinct dropoff after a tune ends or fades out. I get the original silence I had, then dead silence from the my cut until the original file length ends. I do not get the shortened time between tunes, just the obvious drop and dead silence as the file continues from where I cut it, to the end. How do I compensate for this and shorten the wav file itself, in Sound Forge or another app?

Thanks for any suggestions.
Jay Bee

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crazy canuck
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Since: Nov 25, 2004


Nov 26, 2004 11:42 am

Try doing an appropriate fade out at the end of the wave and then select the area that you can get rid of (after the fade is done) and press delete.

Member
Since: Nov 26, 2004


Nov 26, 2004 02:32 pm

Thanks for the reply. I'll try it. Q

Member
Since: Nov 26, 2004


Nov 26, 2004 02:43 pm

Hi,
No, As it turns out, this is what I had done in the first place. Fade out then delete the remaining. The file still contains the deleted time and length. Looks like I may have to import the file back into my recording software and remix the stereo tracks after I remove the time at the end. This will create a new, shorter file. I don't believe I'll lose any fidelity in the process. I hope.

Thanks, Q

crazy canuck
Member
Since: Nov 25, 2004


Nov 26, 2004 03:08 pm

I am not sure what you are doing wrong but that is what Sound Forge is for...should work. Are you saying that if you apply the delete, save the file and re-open it, the deleted portion returns?


bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Nov 26, 2004 04:08 pm

sounds as if you may be forgetting to save your files.

Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Nov 26, 2004 04:53 pm

You do need to changer the start times of the rest of the audio. What I mean by that is you need to move the other audio tracks backwards so they start at the appropriate times. You can set the gap to 2 seconds or shorter depending on what you want the gap between songs to be.

When you clip the end off the preceeding track it doesnt automatically move the other audio ove to meet up with the other audio it still stays were it was originally put. So if you originally had say a 2 second gap between track 1 and 2 then you cut maybe 2 seconds off the end of track 1 you will now have 4 seconds between track 1 and 2.

Hope this helps.

Noize

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Since: Nov 26, 2004


Nov 27, 2004 10:04 pm

Yes, If I delete off the end of the sound file, the deletion and the original length of the file gets saved. As Noize affirmed. All the songs are mixed and recorded to my master and are a done deal. I'm not sure how I'll get a following tune closer to the prior tune. But I'll try. I still think I will have to import the stereo tracks into my record software remove the time at the end and create a new file. Unless my CD burn software allows for less space between the tunes. I doubt that though.
Thanks all, for the help, hope y'all had a good T day.
Q

Czar of Midi
Administrator
Since: Apr 04, 2002


Nov 27, 2004 11:34 pm

Q, You just need to highlight the portions of audio you want to move and drag them backwards.

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