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Simple and Fast GTK2 Audio Editor - mhWaveEdit

mhWaveEdit is a graphical program for editing sound files. It is intended to be user-friendly and robust. It does not require a fast computer.

Even if mhWaveEdit was originally built for editing wav files, it's also possible to load and save in a few other formats. mhWaveEdit always supports wav and raw files, but if it's compiled with the libsndfile library, mhWaveEdit supports a couple of other formats as well.

If mplayer is installed, mhwaveedit can open all formats that it supports, for example the soundtrack of a video file. Since mplayer is only a player, these files can not be saved back after editing, you have to save the file into a supported format.

mhWaveEdit Installation:
You can install mhWaveEdit along with  additional audio format support using the below command:
sudo apt-get install lame vorbis-tools mhwaveedit

To start the program, simply type mhwaveedit. If you want to, you can specify files to open on the command line, for example 'mhwaveedit file.wav'.

The area where you 'see' the contents of the file you are editing, is called the 'sample view'.

In the sample view there is a grey vertical bar called the 'cursor'. The cursor follows the sound wave when you play the sound. You can position the cursor by clicking with the right (2:nd) mouse button. If you do this while you're playing a file, the playing will continue from the new cursor position. You can also position the cursor more exact by using the 'Position Cursor...' command on the Edit menu.

Audio Editing:
You make selections by dragging the mouse over the sample view. You can hear what you've currently selected by clicking on the "play selection" button (the button with the yellow arrow) or by selecting 'Play selection' from the Play menu.

You can use the cursor to refine the selection. Use the 'Selection start at cursor' and 'Selection end at cursor' buttons to move the selection starting point or the selection end point to the current cursor position. You can also drag the selection endpoints using the mouse.

The 'Cut' and 'Copy' functions work like in any other software.

 * The 'Paste' function insert the clipboard contents at the cursor position. The 'Paste over' function works like 'Paste', except that it overwrites the data after the insert position.

 * The 'Paste mix' function combines the clipboard data with the data at the cursor position.

 * The 'Paste as new' function opens a new window and puts the clipboard contents into it.

 * The 'Crop' function deletes all parts of the file that are not selected.

All editing functions work non-destructively, that is, the file you're editing isn't actually changed until you save it (the effects also work this way).


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