I call it Eerie-terrestrial
There’s always that one thing you think you would be amazing at, and then realize you’re actually terrible and should not be allowed near. For me that is sound. I went into school saying “sound design is the best” and am walking out in under a year saying “leave sound design for the professionals”. Which is okay. I like the professionals doing sound and me doing lighting. But I digress. The topic of the day? Audacity.
Audacity. It’s the free version of Pro-tools. I’m convinced. Being familiar with Protools — Not good, familiar — I found a lot of similar tools. Copy, paste and cut were some of them. The insert silence was sort of interesting because I’ve never used that before — I did insert a silence in the track, because why not. They have a similar set up, with each track or sound using a different layer and each layer having the ability to pan from left to right, turning the dB up or down, change the bit rate, make it left or right channel — mono is default — and you can view the different types of sound waves — Wave form, Wave form dB and Spectrogram.
I want to say I like it as much as pro tools. I really do. But…It’s not as good. granted $600 plus tax is a steep price to pay for something if it’s not your living, but It really shows in its design.
I was having ridiculous amounts of trouble trying to get different versions of the same sound onto different tracks, to the point were i gave up. I also really hate the fact that even after an hour and a bit playing around with it, I couldn’t get sound clips to slide along the time line, and they don’t allow you to pull on the clip to make it loop. They let you cross fade and such, But unless you place one sound clip directly on top of another where you want it, you can’t layer the same instrument within the track layer.
The creation of my sounds was a bit of playing around and figuring out what sounds did what. They don’t have a lot of noises pre installed, but you can use plug ins. As well it allows you to insert any .MP3 or .WAV file and edit it. One cool feature that you can use is only use and effect one part of a sound or song. That was the only cool thing I found.
I was feeling a lot of frustration moving from Something created for professionals to something not created for pros. I can see the good features, but they just don’t make it a good software. It’s very finicky and working with my track pad kept on making me listen to 10 seconds when i was just trying to edit the sound. A lot of the tools also don’t really make sense like the multitool, which, no matter how far you zoom in or out does seemingly nothing.
But that’s okay. I’ve already deleted the program off my computer and will try back in a few years when I don’t have access to Protools for free and need to edit sound. Or maybe I’ll use Garage Band. Who knows.