Rick's Rap - July 2006
Well, since I've retired and have all this time on my hands, one thing I have not been doing, is a very good job of keeping the web site updated! I'll try to do better in the future.
When I did the "just Rick" version of Shake A Hand to learn how to use the multitrack recorder, I did the mastering on my pc, manually, using Adobe Audition. While that works just fine, and it was a great way to learn the kind of things necessary to produce a final recording from individual tracks, it was a labor intensive job, and so time consuming that it was evident that mastering a sizeable number of recordings would literally be a full time job.
In an attempt to automate the process somewhat, I wrote some command line c++ programs to perform the basic operations:
I used these programs with a handful of custom batch files to master Sugar Magnolia. It worked fine, and saved a lot of time (not counting the time it took to write and debug the programs), but each song would need it's own set of batch files to control the mastering process. This wouldn't take a terrible amount of time to do, but knowing me, the batch files are hard enough to read, that the odds of creating a hard to find typo somewhere in each set of batch files, is pretty much a certainty.
To take care of this, I wrote a perl wrapper that reads a single configuration text file (written in pretty clear English), which contains a list of instructions for the complete mastering process for each song. I finished this up yesterday, and used it to re-create the Sugar Magnolia mix, and it seems to be working fine.
So, now when we start producing adequate tracks, I'm ready to start mass producing mixed down masters. Or at least I think I am. Time will tell, I suppose.