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Subject: Re: sound edit pops
From: "Scott Fraser" scottbfraser
Date: Sat Oct 8, 2011 1:11 pm ((PDT))

<<I don't have the latest version of Peak LE, maybe later versions are 
click-free, (mine is 5.2).>>

I use Peak Pro 6 for CD mastering, but not for editing, so I don't have much 
familiarity with the Peak edit procedure.

<<My editing needs are relatively simple and I don't have much need for 
cutting out pieces of audio in the middle of a sequence. But I 
thought it would be good to try out the 'how tos'.
If I do chop out a piece it will always be in a quiet part of a track 
and then I usually don't have click problems. But if I try it on 
something loud then a click seems inevitable.>>

Is Blending turned on? That's the left-most button in the group of buttons just 
above the right side of the waveform display. Caps-Lock toggles it on & off. 

<<A procedural problem? well my method is simply to select the bit of 
audio I don't want and click the delete button.>>

With Blending on it will provide a crossfade whose properties are predetermined 
in the Blending page of the Preferences. Personally, the Peak edit paradigm is 
highly counterintuitive to me, since I absolutely need manual control over 
crossfade length, so predetermined lengths don't work for me. I think it 
defaults to 100 ms in Peak. If that proves too discontinuous you could try a 
longer fade, although sometimes the shortest possible fade works best. In any 
case the audio on either side of the cut needs to match in general texture & 
volume. If not, it CAN be made to work with some trial & error on the length 
and/or the shape of the crossfade as well as as the overlap of the adjacent 

<<Motu Digital Performer for Mac looks interesting but is probably more 
complex than I need. RX is great for any noise treatments though!>>

Digital Performer is, in my opinion, a superior editor in every regard, but I 
really think it is overkill if music production is not ones main focus.
RX has become an indispensible tool, in daily use for me.

Scott Fraser

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