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I've got a little Edirol digital recorder that will record (to a card) about 3 1/2 hours to a CD quality WAV file or about 12 hours or so to a super high quality MP3.

I have taken to mounting the thing from an unused light in a club where the band I'm in plays. Since I have to get on a chair to get up to the recorder, I just leave it up and running for the whole gig. That can leave me with an audio file that is about 4 hours long if I don't turn it off at breaks.

Loading a file this large into an audio program takes a while, and my computer runs pretty slow when it is in there.

Is there a program that anyone can recommend that lets you scan through audio files quickly and split them into smaller files.

A google seach turned up several shareware, cheapware type programs. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with these types of programs. And any recommendations. . .

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Audacity is cheap, if not free. For just chopping things up into manageable files, I'm sure it'd do fine.

I use Soundforge. The best way I've found to do it is start at the END of the file. Select the area you want to save as a file, cut it, open it in a new file, then save that. If you start at the beginning, the file has to keep re-writing from the start.
 

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Audacity is great and free. It took me an hour to chop up 15 songs from a recent concert using Audacity and they sound great.
 

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make sure you also download the LAME encoder, put the lamenc.dll in your Audacity folder. first time you try to export as mp3 it will ask you where the dll is located, browse to the folder and hit okay. From then on you are golden. (for mp3 export)
 

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Scott Ramminger said:
Loading a file this large into an audio program takes a while, and my computer runs pretty slow when it is in there.

Is there a program that anyone can recommend that lets you scan through audio files quickly and split them into smaller files.

Scott

Re-reading the original post, I think you're asking if there's a way to cut up big files before you load them into your computer. Audacity is indeed a quick and easy program, but you'll still have to load that 4-hour file into your computer. (ProTools, by the way, is certainly unnecessary and would be no better for simply splitting files up then Audacity - not to mention the hardware requirements)

You might look through the owner's manual and see if there is a way to split the files after the fact on your Edirol unit. I used to have a MD player that would allow this. That way you could divide the big file into more manageable files before loading it into your computer.
 

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sambeaux's right, I can put track marks on my MD which splits the file, there "should" be something similar on your Edirol (if there isn't there should be!)
 

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I use the Zoom H4 and deal with the same issue.

The easiest and cheapest I've found for cutting the file is a little FREE program called CD Wave Editor. It's shown as Shareware, but it's not limited. I've used it for about 3 years. Finally sent the $15 bucks in because I use it so much.

Take a look here:

http://www.mymusictools.com/splitter_joiner_24/cd_wave_editor_2656.htm

I think you'll always have the data transfer time issue whether you cut and save your files on your memory disc in the Edirol, or save to your H.D. and work it in your p.c. After all 800 megs is still 800 megs (if you're saving in WAV format.)

Basically this program exists to do this one purpose. It won't do all the editing that Audacity or Cool Edit does, but it's sure good at what's it's designed for. Hope this helps.

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