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Audio Cleaning Lab - much more than it sounds!
on 23 July 2002
Occasionally you come across software that you think everyone should know about. For years, I have been looking for competent CD-Audio burning software, accepting that products like Nero and Easy CD are trying to cover all CDR/W requirements, and therefore not providing enough control over audio. Having once seen CD audio magic performed with Wavelab I knew the kind of thing I was looking for. Required criteria: ease of use; ability to manipulate track start points graphically; ability to see track waveforms graphically; ability to overlap/segue tracks; price preferably under £100.
I thought it was hopeless, until I came across the unlikely sounding Audio Cleaning Lab 3 Deluxe from MAGIX. Although mainly intended for getting LPs etc onto CD (thus the name), it does all of the above in the simplest way possible. Audio can be recorded directly, CD Audio can be ripped, or WAV/MP3/WMA files imported. Tracks can be arranged; start/end points moved; fade in/outs set; overlaps made with automatic cross fades, or arranged on two adjacent tracks for full control of relative fades; tracks can be split/deleted/copied; track markers set and moved - all graphically and non-destructively. Zoom from full CD project down to individual wavecycles (so you can line up the beats of segued tracks with your eyes and ears!). Tracks can have duration or pitch altered (within reason). Oh yes, it's also excellent at cleaning up scratched records, hissy tapes etc (thus the name!). As well as various noise reduction options, it can apply Stereo widening (hmmm), EQ/Brightening, a multiband compressor and any DirectX plugins you may have plus VST plugins (via VST-DX Adapter light). These can be applied to the entire project or individual tracks - non-destructively in real time. As well as other useful features built-in, there's a full (separate but linked) Audio Editor, together with a CD cover graphics generator...I would recommend going for the "deluxe" version which includes MP3 support, the audio editor and VST adapter...Prepare to be impressed, prepare to stop searching for the shareware solution. It's not Wavelab, CoolPro2 or SoundForge and its not pretending to be, but burning CD Audio doesn't get any easier than this.