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Old 10-20-2006, 11:24 AM
RandallYoung RandallYoung is offline
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Default New (Old?) feature request

In the old (PT 6.x OS9) days, it used to be that the AudioSuite Gain Plug-in behaved in a sublty different--but more useful--fashion:
When the process was computing its way thru the file, the "find peak" level indicator would be updated as it went. Now, it waits for the end of the calculation, and only delivers the final number.

Why does this matter? Well, I would use this property to determine where (roughly) in the file the loudest part was--WITHOUT HAVING TO ACTUALLY LISTEN to it. For example, let's say you've got an hour long VO file, and you'd like to treat just the peaks. Where are they? (Don't tell me to look at the waveform overview, please! I'm talking about a finer resolution--maybe a db or so.) With the old Plug-in, you could watch the progress bar/peak level indicator together, and see roughly where the thing max'd out. Then you'd split the file accordingly, and repeat, until satisfied. This is especially useful when the actual peaks were near the end of the file...

While I'm on the topic, does it seem to anyone else that the gain plug-in is, in fact, remarkably crude? I can think of many other ways it could be made a lot handier. How about...

1. Display of tc location of the peak(s)
2. Drop markers at peaks, a la Beat detective, or Strip Silence.
3. Display DURATION of peak (which could indicate clipping, for instance)

More later, but this would be a start!

"Things should be as simple as possible, and no simpler." -- Albert Einstein
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