Learning Cool Edit 2000

Cool Edit 2000 can be used to record your own music, voice or other audio, edit it, mix it with other audio or musical parts, add effects like Reverb, Chorus, and Echo to it, equalize it, and master it so that you can burn it to a CD, post it on the World Wide Web, or email it.

Once you’ve got something recorded or loaded into it, you can cut, paste, and move audio around just as you do text in a word processor.


Playing a Sound File

1. Run Cool Edit 2000. From the Opening screen, click OK to accept the defaults for the Trial Version. Click OK again from the next dialog box to obtain the Cool Edit window shown here.

The main part of this window you need to be familiar with is the set of buttons in the bottom-left corner. The one with the small red dot is the Record button. The button with the small square (1st one on 1st row) is a Stop button. The button with the small triangle pointing to the right is the Play button and the button with the two vertical lines is the Pause button.

2. Move the mouse pointer over the various icons at the top to see what each does. The bottom-right area will display information about the file you have recorded or opened.

3. Click the Open icon, change the File types to All files, and locate the file Good Sound Stuff file in the program files\cool2000\samples folder. Click on Open to continue. This is an au file.

The area in the middle shows the waveform for this sound file. It is a stereo file since we see the two waveforms, indicating the two channels, left and right.

4. Click at the beginning of either waveform and then click the Play button to listen to this file. Notice how a vertical bar moves across from start to end.

Recording a Sound File

1. Make sure you have a microphone connected to the proper Line In port of the sound card.

2. Click on File, New. For this exercise choose Mono, 16 bit, 44100 sample rate. Click OK to continue.

3. Click the Record button and speak into the microphone. Click the Stop button when done. Notice the Length, etc. changing at the bottom of this window.

Notice now that you obtain only 1 waveform. You could now use the various commands from the Menu Bar to work with this sound. One important command is the Transform, Amplitude, Amplify which allows you to make the sound louder or softer. Another important command (if you have registered the software and have all the options active) is Transform, Noise Reduction.

4. Use the File, Save As command and save this as a wav file. Make sure you change the Save as type to Windows PCM (*.wav)..

Editing a Sound File

Download the files needed: ftp://tcc-pub.com/pub/workshop/205/wav.zip

1. Open the file incrrct.wav. Play this sound file.

2. Click at the very beginning of the waveform, hold the left mouse button down and drag to the right until you have selected the first part of the waveform.

3. Click on the Cut icon from the Tool Bar or use the Edit, Cut command from the Menu Bar.

4. You should now only observe the last part of the waveform.

5. You could now save this as a new sound file or continue to cut parts of the sound out.

6. Click at the end of the waveform and use the Edit, Paste command. What you have accomplished is reversed the order in which the words are spoken.

7. Use the File, Save As command and save this as new.wav.

You can use this technique to cut and splice together waveforms to produce your own sound. You also could open different sound files and cut and paste from one to another to get a sound file.

 Presented by Tom Hall and TCC Publishing: tomhall@tcc-pub.com