"Radio edit" from CD version of song?
August 13, 2010 1:43 AM Subscribe
How to transform song from CD version to "radio edit" version?
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere to Media & Arts (12 answers total)
I find myself fed up with having to listen to the CD version of a song when what I really want to listen to is the radio edit version of the song. (Yes, I guess I am a picky SOB with nothing better to worry about.) Back in the day, the only real way to get this version was on a 45 rpm or a 12 inch single. Needless to say, I find many older songs are now only available in the longer version on the CD.
How can I obtain a best approximation of a radio edit version of a song when all I have is the CD? I know there are bazillions of audio file editing programs out there, and I've tried using a .wav file editor, but I find myself getting lost in the many verses of the songs. In this day and age of (relatively) immense computer power, it seems like this still shouldn't be that much of a problem. Then again, I notice that radio stations that play these older songs tend to play the CD versions nowadays, so that indicates to me that the stations themselves don't feel it's worth the effort to edit down the song (maybe they can't edit the song for legal reasons?).
What makes this so hard for a music fan to do at home? I'm guessing I need something fancy like SMPTE codes or something else to make this job easier. Editing the beginning or the end of songs is easy, but this stuff right in the middle can be rough. Heck, I only have a handful of songs like this. Perhaps a dozen. Could I pay an audio engineer to work some magic on the songs I'd like altered? (Strictly for personal use, of course). If so, does anyone have any idea what something like this would cost? Any recommendations on who could do the work?
If we need an example song, I suggest we use "Twilight Zone" by "Golden Earring" since it's my poster child song for this sort of thing, and I think it was popular enough that many people here may be familiar with it. (And, if the radio edit version is available on CD, please let me know, but the question still stands for the other songs I didn't mention.)
Many thanks, and apologies in advance if this is a repeat. I searched, but there were about a trillion hits on anything to do with the word "song."