How the bleep do I bleep these bleeping songs?
August 9, 2017 11:26 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for software/workflow suggestions for better ways to remove bad words (according to the FCC) from my music collection to make them radio friendly. I currently use Audacity but it I'm hoping there may be a better way. Mac or Windows software suggestions are both fine.

Features that I'm looking for:

Native mp3 support that allows me to make edits and save the file while preserving all of the id3 metadata. This is probably the biggest sticking point with Audacity—while it can export mp3s I have to re-enter all of the metadata and sometimes it mangles the file names if they are too long. I need something that can make edits without disrupting my carefully curated iTunes metadata.

Fade-Out-Silence-Fade-In in one step. Usually what I do now in Audacity is select the offending word and use Generate>Silence but sometimes this can create awkward pops when the sound cuts in again. I can manually fade out and fade in the edges but it's very tedious. It would be great if there was a way to do this in a single step.

The ability to replace a selected bit of audio with an arbitrary length sample that gets trimmed to the size of the selection. For example if I select a .652 seconds of swearing I want to be able to replace it with .652 seconds of an air horn sample without having to manually trim that audio down to exactly .652 seconds first.

A way to mark timestamps on a song for editing. It would be nice if I could listen to the song all the way through and press a button/key every time I hear something that needs to be cut and have it put a marker on that timestamp and then go through and do my edits on the marked portions.

Any other tips and suggestions are welcome. Thanks
posted by metaphorever to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
The way I used to do this with Audacity is to select the word and then flip it in reverse. Less annoying than fade out/in or trying to fill it with a bleep.
posted by humboldt32 at 11:37 AM on August 9 [5 favorites]


metaphorever: "This is probably the biggest sticking point with Audacity—while it can export mp3s I have to re-enter all of the metadata and sometimes it mangles the file names if they are too long."

Not my experience with Audacity. It usually keeps the metadata when I import an MP3 and then export it. Maybe try a clean install?
posted by WCityMike at 2:30 PM on August 9


Not my experience with Audacity. It usually keeps the metadata when I import an MP3 and then export it. Maybe try a clean install?

Updating to the most recent version of Audacity fixed the long file name issue but it still seems to be losing the "Grouping" data which I use to track record label data. The info is listed on the export screen under "content group description" but it doesn't show up when the mp3 is added back into iTunes.
posted by metaphorever at 8:16 PM on August 9


The way I used to do this with Audacity is to select the word and then flip it in reverse. Less annoying than fade out/in or trying to fill it with a bleep.


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posted by DrAstroZoom at 7:04 AM on August 10 [1 favorite]


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