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Subject: Re: new member
From: "Rich Peet" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 02:02:25 -0000
My answer would not be the same for all naturalists recording out 
there. But you indicated (1 mic, 1 machine, backgrounds for 
slideshows, no experience}.

Please note that the main difference between the two versions is 
being able to (multi-track).  This is not just inputs for multiple 
recording devices it is also control of multiple files.

The core of Cooledit Pro is Cooledit 2000.  The learning curve of 
that program is over 80 hours.  But you will be doing a lot with it 
right away as well.  There is just a lot to this program that takes 
time but you can record, edit, and save basic stuff the first night.

For slide shows you basically build this library of your own sounds 
in many files.  Then like slides you link them together with whatever 
types of transition you wish and with whatever understory loops as 
you wish.

You can do all of this within the core program Cooledit 2000 and my 
recommendation is that you buy that one and once you get it down then 
consider the Cooledit Pro upgrade.  The Cooledit Pro will make the 
individual files being assembled and transitioned much faster but the 
better learning cycle is to learn 2000 well and not to trip over the 
multitrack stuff until you are comfortable with the core of editing.  
You will still be able to edit and append in other files from 
Cooledit 2000.  

This is my thought as I own and use both to have made slideshows but 
I am not one of the pros here.

Rich Peet
PS I could use a good recommendation for a slideshow computer program 
that can not be taken apart so my copyrights are not at risk when 
distributed free by me.  I also want one lite on ram and load time.  
The one I use with an hour of sound and slide, it takes the program 
over 5 mins to load before the damn thing starts up. And no I wont 
use Real Products slide show either.

--- In  "Phil Green" <> 
> I just joined the group and am almost brand new to sound 
recordings.  I
> recently bought a Marantz PMD 650 and Sennhiser mic.  My interest is
> mainly recording bird songs but also any sounds in nature which I 
> use for background in slide shows.  I live in NW Washington on an 
> in the San Juans.  I work as a steward/naturalist for The Nature
> Conservany.
> My first question is about software.  I've seen Cool Edit mentioned.
> What is the difference between the $250 and $70 versions.  Do I 
need an
> add-on to get rid of background noise?  Any other suggestions for
> getting started.  If this is already covered in a previous
> correspondence, could you please direct me to the number.
> Thanks.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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