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Re: about audacity and sound recording on Linux

On Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 10:30:34AM -0500, H.S. wrote:
> Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> >On Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 07:14:00PM -0500, H.S. wrote:
> >>marcus.blumhagen@web.de wrote:
> >>
> >>>>3. On a machine, I exported a portion of the captured audio to a wav 
> >>>>file (basically, saved a portion of the input). I then transfered it 
> >>>>to my home computer running Debian. While that sound wave file was 
> >>>>shown between +1 and -1 in the original machine, on my home machine is 
> >>>>was being shown between +0.5 and -0.5 in audacity. What gives?
> >>>>[...]
> >>>How did you transfer the WAV? Did you do any more processing to it?
> >>>Was it burnt to CD and maybe normalized on the fly?
> >>I exported as wav from aucacity, transfered it to my home computer (via 
> >>scp) and opened that wav file in audacity. I don't think there any kind 
> >>of processing going on during the exporting the au file to wav.
> >>
> >what if you open the wav on the original machine. does it also show
> >the lower levels? or not? 
> Very interesting point. It is showing the audio wave between +-0.5 there 
> as well (on the machine). I wonder how this came about to be.

some normalization is obviously happening in the export to .wav. This
is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you want the un-normalised
data, you'll probably have to leave it in aud format until you get
aroundt to mixing/editing or whatever. Of course, you need to fix that
saturation/clipping situation anyway, so maybe its not really a


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