Silence Finder - Setting Parameters

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One way to quickly identify each song on the LP or cassette is to use the Analyse > Silence Finder command. The trick is to find the combination of settings that will find all the gaps between songs without finding too many "false positives".
Note that in the images of examples on this page Scrub Ruler has been turned off.

Here are some of examples.

Running Silence Finder:
  • Click on Edit > Select > All
  • Click on Analyze > Silence Finder
  • Enter the following parameters into the Silence Finder dialog:
    • Treat audio below this level as silence (dB): -30
    • Minimum duration of silence (seconds): 1.5
    • Label placement (seconds before silence ends): 0.1
Note that the command has correctly found the starts of songs 2 and 4 although it has generated a "false positive" before the start of these songs due to a tick or pop in the between-song "silence". It has completely missed the start of song 3 due to a loud tick at the end of song 2. This shows the advantage of doing tick and pop removal if you intend to use this command.

Perhaps we can do better by setting "Treat audio below this level as silence (dB)" to -20.
This has now found the start of song 3, but has generated many false positives within song 3.

As a final example, here is the result of running the Effect > Click Removal command on the entire album, then running the Analyze > Silence Finder command with the parameters:
  • Treat audio below this level as silence (dB): -30
  • Minimum duration of silence (seconds): 2
  • Label placement (seconds before silence ends): 0.1

There are no false positives, and Silence Finder has successfully found the start of every song except number 3. At this point it is a simple matter to manually add a label at the start of song three.

The lesson here is that the Silence Finder command will probably work well on a recording that has no ticks and pops, and where no song has a gradual fade-in. In many cases you will still need to remove some false positives, and adjust the position of some of the generated labels.

Once you have the labels positioned properly you can then edit each label to correspond to the title of the song.

You may want to manually place a label to mark the first song.