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Why is audacity hiding errors from me?
« on: April 06, 2016, 07:41:10 AM »
OK, so I am reasonably experienced with audacity.
Recently I was making a font and I made a noob's error: I looped a sound without ensuring the join was at 0 Db.

However, it seemed to be fine and so I decided to leave it since the loop is rhythmic and I didn't want to disturb the timing. Lucky me, I thought..  not a single click or pop, I've got away with it.  :cool:

Nope! As soon as it was loaded into a saber, there was an almighty crack at the join. Fail  :embarrassed:

Well, I've fixed it. But WHY did I not encounter the fault when playing back in audacity? Is there a setting somewhere that I can turn-off any smoothing type algorithm it uses for playback?


Any suggestions gratefully received.

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Re: Why is audacity hiding errors from me?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016, 08:02:09 AM »
audacity will use a bit of smart fade in / out at the end of the loop, hiding defects. While it can smooth a bit a non proper looping sound, it won't solve a spectral rupture between the end and the beginning of the sound. That's why you can sometimes try to get a perfect hum but you cannot due to the nature of the sound / loop point selection.

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Re: Why is audacity hiding errors from me?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2016, 11:09:04 AM »
Thought it might be something like that. Ok thanks, Erv.
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