Experimenting with audio stuff

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Hi,

 

I have never done anything in audio before, but I have the need to experiment with audio capture and audio signal processing. I am going to hook up a mic to my PC to capture some sounds, I need to figure out what software to use to process the sound. I want something easy to use and that has alot of audio filters/DSP stuff already setup, I do not want to invest too much time into writing code as I just want to test my idea. 

 

I think at the very least I need software with tunable filters and FFT. My first inclination was to use matlab but maybe something less technical would be sufficient for my experiments, maybe some consumer level software that is normally used to process music recordings is enough.

 

Anyone have any suggestions. Again I do not know specifically what I need, I just want to mindlessly hit buttons and dials and see what happens for now.

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Open source software on low price hardware is worth a look.

Videos/Digital Show and Tell - XiphWiki

https://wiki.xiph.org/Digital_Show_and_Tell/Episode_02

Unfortunately that link is down but for now there's ...

D/A and A/D | Digital Show and Tell (Monty Montgomery @ xiph.org)  at Image-Line on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIQ9IXSUzuM&list=PL1F4278A48B51DCFC

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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The immediate thought is Audacity. If you're desparate you can write plugins to do the more esoteric stuff...

 

(I'm using it to display long mostly-constant data streams in an easy way.)

 

Neil

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The immediate thought is Audacity.

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