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Magix Audio Cleaning Lab

Platform : Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me
3.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Perfect sound-recycling from LP, MC, MP3 etc.
  • Fully automatic programming direction for all application areas
  • Easy CD-burning function
  • 16 professional all-round sound effects
  • Automatic recording: individual tracks are made and selected
  • 2-track-mode for arranging, fading, cutting
  • Reference option: sound adaptation to musical idols
  • Karaoke: song filtering - provides space for your own voice
  • Improve and export MP3 files (QDesign demo encoder with 20 free runs)
  • Save as WAV, MPEG or Internet Streaming Format (WMA)
  • Easy operation and swift results through intuitive real-time arrangement
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows NT / 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00005NN8W
  • Release Date: 17 Aug. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,720 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Audio Cleaning Lab is a complete solution for cleaning up and repairing damage to audio files on your computer. The software can also be used for assembling and mastering different music sources including from CD Audio, Minidisc and Vinyl recordings.

During the recording process, especially from analogue sources such as Vinyl records, extraneous noise can be added to your audio files. This can be anything from pops and crackles to annoying hiss. Audio Cleaning Lab acts as a set of specialized filters to remove these artifacts and improve the quality of your audio files. Once you have cleaned your audio files, you can even remaster them, enhancing the stereo panorama, altering the frequency spectrum or changing the audio dynamics with compressors. Finally you can create your own audio CDs with the in-built CD burning engine.

The interface looks like a professional mixing studio, with each element having a Hi-Fi equipment look and feel. To adjust the settings of a particular audio mastering, simply click on the button and the relevant interface appears. Each function can be adjusted, or use the power button to turn an effect off completely. A complete editing suite is also built in, which has support for Windows Audio, MP3 and WAV audio files. This means that you can have complete control over your audio files, from trimming them, to setting fade in and fade out points. This is a great tool for anyone who wants to be able to have complete control over their recorded media. --Simon Pickstock

Manufacturer's Description

Audio recording, cleaning up and CD burning

Polish your music and burn it on CD!
Enjoy your music with a brand new quality. Records, old music cassettes, your favourite hits on CD or as MP3 Internet files - with MAGIX audio cleaning lab everything will sound like new! Clear up your music rack and burn your own CDs in a sound quality that is absolutely perfect!

Music without imperfections!
Eliminate hissing and crackling, perfect stereo volume, optimal frequency modulation and no cuts between tracks - anything goes! Additional pro-effects like reverberation, echo and much more are at your disposal.

Customer Reviews

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A relative of mine was asking me how to transfer his record collection to CD. After much looking around I had found several contenders, but all costing £60+, and the all looked a bit complicated to use. I then found Audio Cleaning Lab.... After skipping through the 100+ page manual, off I went to the Brother-in-Laws house to load it up for him.
What a fantastic piece of software it is. The simplicity of use is unbelievable, simply plug your HI-FI into your sound card line-in socket and off you go. After spending 5 minutes showing my Brother-in-Law how to use it (He's a complete computer novice), he was re-mastering his records. The sound enhancements work fine, removing the hiss and clicking without any problem.The CD burning process itself is just a couple of clicks, and those of us with a CD Writer prone to failure can burn a CD image to the HDD just in case! Its so good I just ordered a copy for myself.
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I bought this, and several other audio programs in a quest for fast, simple transfer of old audio recordings to CD. Like most of the others, where ACL falls short is in its user interface. Why do these companies insist on writing software that has such a non-standard interface that it becomes difficult to use?
First, the main screen is just slightly bigger than 800X600, and on my computer, it always appears with its control menu off screen, meaning I have to hit <ALT> <space> to bring up the control menu and maximise the program to bring it back to the centre of the screen.
The main window itself can be a bit of a nightmare, because unlike all other windows programs which use combinations of <cntrl><alt> and <shift> + key for hotkeys, ACL uses just plain keys. Accidentally hitting <space> or 'a' can ruin hours of work.
Oddly, the recording dialogue is a regular windows dialogue, but it doesn't provide much information about your recording. There are two little information panels that tell you either that the sound level is optimal or that it is not, but in fact only really are saying whether the inputs are loud enough to record. On my system, the meters displayed have little to do with the suitabliity of the recording levels -- I set them by trial and error.
The track list is a horrible to work with. Again, because of the non-standard interface, it is easy to click in the wrong place while editing track names, think you are entering a song title, when in fact you are entering a whole series of hotkeys which will wreck hours of tweaking and fine-tuning.
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This software is invaluable. It is simple to use, but does everything it says it can, and more.
Scratched LPs and bad tape recordings take on a new life and again sound like they were meant to.
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The product works well and is reasonably straightforward. However, the original program CD must be in the CD drive before firing it up, each time ! a real nuisance !!! The company told me that they will come up with an update to eliminate this, but could not give me a date.
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I use this software for two purposes:
- Cleaning up and editing band reheasals ready for
transferring to CD
- Cleaning up scratchy old LPs ready to transfer to CD.
Once you figure out how it works, then it does these jobs
reasonably well.
A real pain in the rear is that it *insists* that you have its
installation CDROM in your CD drive for it to run. (Eventually
I realised you can make a virtual CD drive on a hard drive,
with the installation CDROM image and it then runs happily.
But what marketing genius could have come up with such an
irritating restriction?)
It has no recording level meter (just a go/no go indication)
which means you have to set recording levels by trial and error.
Worst of all is its awful user interface. This is so
idiosyncratic, you'll probably *never* really get used to it.

As just one example, if you click on its "scissors" box when
the "eraser" is active, it activates the scissors function. If
you click on "scissors" (by accident) when the scissors function
is already active, it transfers back to the eraser function.

It has all sorts of potentially useful features (eg "stereo
meter") but no real explanation of what this is displaying or
how the associated stereo width feature works.
But ..it was worth the money and does the job..
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I've bought this software through Amazon. If it did what it says on the packet it would be mind-blowing - but it doesn't. There are copious problems running it (especially, it seems, with newer O/Ses) and the technical support line, while polite, is either unhelpful or tells you to contact Germany where the software is manufactured. Hit that website and go onto the message boards to read about the problems galore!
If it did work, it would, as I say, be staggeringly good. But it doesn't... Worse, it doesn't look as if it's going to, either because technical support in England is just keen to pass on the buck to Germany or one can find nobody to give any help over the phone...
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