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  1. OK, I'm a newbie with RN9 Music Lab who needs some guidance in the basic operations of the program and clarification of some terminology and basic understanding of how the program works and what file types it creates and where. I have several cassette tapes on which I recorded years ago a string of songs one right after the other. I transferred the entire cassette into the program and now want to go back in and separate each song to a separate audio file, then clean-up each song and then save it back as a separate file overwriting the original separate audio file. I am confused about what is a "clip" and a "track" and how they differ. What exactly is a "project" and a "layer" and why should I care? I don't care about creating playlists, don't even know all the song titles nor their performers, and don't care about audio tags, I think. Don't really plan to play the songs on the computer, just burn selected songs to CD's on occasion for use in my car. After downloading the entire cassette into the program, I inserted "track separators" between each song, and then exported each song (a "track" I believe?) to a separate audio file giving each a unique file name as a .wav file. So, now I have two different .wav files in which the song appears (as part of the original entire cassette recording and its own separate file). But when I bring up each song file to do clean up in the Sound Editor, I can't seem to save just the changes back on the original audio file. The program seems to want to create some new project file .dmse and somewhere indicated that the clean-up changes are not stored in the original audio file itself but somewhere else and will be lost unless I save the project file. Where are the .dmse project files stored? Then, when I burn songs to a CD, they don't have the clean-up changes. Also, even though I give each separate song audio file a unique name, when I load a song file into the Sound Editor, it doesn't list the file name I have given it. It seems to load a portion of the original complete cassette audio file. I find when I make changes to a song, I have to save it as a new separate audio file (I believe), thus creating numerous near duplicative, and large files clogging up my HD. The tutorial is largely useless. Just telling me what I can do without spelling out SLOWLY and exactly how to do it, doesn't help much. The video tutorial goes too fast. What is it with these consumer software programs that have excessive technical bells and whistles but are not clear and simple on just the basic operations? I can't find any real help on this in the Help panel. Any suggestions or instructions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. LarryV
  2. Just installed RecordNow9 Music Lab and hooked up a high quality cassette deck and tried to digitize the analog signal to HD. Before starting the recording, the volume scales showed some fluctuating sound coming through, though I could hear nothing. Did the recording, which sounded nice, but there is a low frequency hum in the background that is very annoying. How do I either avoid picking up the hum or remove it once the digitizing is complete? Thanks. LRV
  3. LarryV

    Background hum

    Well, I believe i have determined that the source of the hum and floating inputs is internal to the computer. I moved this computer and hooked it up in a different location in the house and it showed the same floating inputs. Then I hooked up a different computer in the location where the one with the problem was originally set and the different computer showed no floating inputs and was able to record fine with no hum. Speculation is that the internal power supply may be putting out the hum in the first computer. Not sure how to confirm that or if replacing the internal power supply is a simple or big task. Any thoughts? Thanks for all your suggestions. LRV
  4. LarryV

    Background hum

    Thanks for the suggestions. However, the problem persists. Tried grounding the cassette deck to the computer. No luck. Using Sound Editor shows the same problem with "floating" inputs even without any signal being sent to the computer from the cassette. Weird that the floating inputs show the L line slightly higher than the R line for all input alternatives except Mic where the R input is higher than the L. Computer is an HP Pavillion 751 running XP Pro. Don't have a separate sound card. Just plugging connections into the line input on the mother board. Not sure about the properly shielded cables. Using typical cables one would use with stereo equipment, RCA jacks out of the cassette into small stereo pin into the line in jack. Checked the grounding and wiring of the power outlet used and it's fine. Again, I still get the floating inputs when everything but the monitor is unplugged from the computer. I guess it could be the internal power supply. Help! LRV
  5. LarryV

    Background hum

    I tried grounding the computer to the cassette deck, but no change. Talked to some friends who speculate that it's 60 cycle background from the power wires, etc. I turned off the room lights, turned off unnecessary electronic equipment, etc., but no change. Other than enclosing the computer in a lead lined box, how does one get rid of such interference? If there is no internal "defect" in my computer, doesn't this happen to other users of this (and perhaps other) sound using programs? Thanks.
  6. LarryV

    Background hum

    Further to my problem. I've even unhooked both the sound input and output connectors and the mystery input still registers on the input meters. So, am I correct in assuming that the problem lies inside my computer? If so, what do I do to get rid of the problem? Thanks again. LRV
  7. LarryV

    Background hum

    Thanks for the suggestion. Actually, there is no amp connected. The input wires to the computer are coming straight out of the cassette deck. So, no amplifier. Also, I see that even with the cassette deck turned off, when I go to the LP/Tape page in Music Lab, the input volume scales show fluctuating sound levels coming in from somewhere (R somewhat more than L) when the input volume is put high. The only way to reduce this mysterious input volume is to turn the input volume levels way down. Same result even with the computer's sound system turned off. Might this be from some 60 cycle power cord, etc? Thanks. LRV