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Installation 8.0
Ease of use 7.8
Usefulness 7.5
Value 7.8
Distributor: QVS
Review Date:
March 2009
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

7.9


Audio Cleaning Lab 15 Deluxe

One of the world’s leading audio utilities returns for XP and Vista users in MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 15 Deluxe that allows you perform a variety of options on your audio files. It’s ideal for users wishing to transfer LP records or cassettes to the world of the digital audio and best of all, it offers a variety of filters to assist in removing noise, scratches and other annoying sound glitches. It also supports a variety of audio formats and it has a great optimizing tool for MP3 files which is ideal for users with large collections.

Features

  • Vinyl support for 33, 45, and 78 RPM LPs

  • Step-by-step mode explains the process along the way

  • Automatic cleaning assistant

  • Info box for useful immediate help

  • Task assistant with videos and new functions

  • Top-quality tools for optimizing audio material

  • MAGIX Xtreme Print Center: Create and print out CD covers (including countless templates)

The installation of MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 15 Deluxe was a breeze and it simply auto-installed on our test machine with no issues whatsoever. The only issue is the way too long serial number that needs to be typed in and it also requires the CD to use.

However, once installed, the user is then greeted to a relatively easy to use interface that can be used by a variety of computer users. With that said, the learning curve is quite high to master this program, however for the basics, most users should be able to manage.

In order to connect your LP or cassette player to the PC, there may be some fiddling required, however most sound cards will have a sound-in option and for a worst case situation, you can also use the microphone in. Unfortunately this is the only way to convert analog sound to digital media and there may be some tweaking required by the user.

To convert the information, all you need to do is select “record” and then push play on your cassette or start your LP record playing. MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 15 Deluxe has the ability to detect where a track ends which really makes things considerably easier for the end-user. The program supports a variety of additional effects in order to improve the audio quality and I must admit that our 70’s LP sounded considerably better after we converted it to digital.

Although not that the same as a CD or other digital audio file, MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 15 Deluxe did a remarkable job at removing the background hiss and scratches from the music. For lovers of podcasts, MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 15 Deluxe is ideal for editing sound files and even decreasing the volume of background music to give your files a professional sound that in the past has been quite difficult to achieve. We tested a stock standard recording via our Creative MP3 player and after an hour of fixing, we managed to remove the background noise and improve the "mono" quality of the file.

In relation to MP3 files which are generally of a high quality in today’s day and age, some users still have older MP3 files that may not be of the same caliber. A nifty little feature of MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab 15 Deluxe is the ability to improve these files, whether MP3 or another music files through a variety of filters that may increase the volume or attempt to remove that “mono”, non-stereo sound. Even users of camcorders will be pleased with this function that can increase the audio quality of video recordings. We tested this feature and it does take a little time to get the right settings, however there was a noticeable difference.

At the end of the day, this is quite a competent program that is easy to use, however to master, it will require some patience and fiddling. Definitely a software package to be considered.

System Requirements

XP / Vista

1Ghz

512MB

500Meg

32Meg

32X






 
 



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