I've been at this for hours, and I hope someone here can help. I need to convert some audio files to surround (or psuedo-surround.) I've been googling, and everything I'm finding is a 20-step process using five different programs to give you a studio quality remix. I don't want or need that.
I have a folder full of audio files. They're short, some a few seconds, some 20 or 30 seconds. Some are stereo, some are mono. Most are .wav, some are .mp3. I need to upmix them so that when I play them, they come out through - at a minimum - my two front and two rear speakers.
I don't need it to be pretty, I don't need to tweak the sub-anything, I don't need each channel to be separate. I just need sound out of all of my speakers, and I need to do more than 10,000 of these things, so some sort of automated batch processing is a must.
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I'm pretty dead set against this idea (Hollywood has been known to do this) but if you want to do it the "right" way there are some freely available tools that can do this. But there's no way to use those quickly.
Maybe what would meet your needs quickly is a way to batch encode to AC3 4.0 or 5.0 or 5.1 where there is duplication of channels. I don't know how to do that but maybe someone has an idea.
This is for a project for my kids. It is ambient sound that I'm currently playing out of two speakers in the corner of the house while my two rear PC speakers (with long cords so I an actually position them) sit idle. I'm not trying to demonstrate perfect home theater audio, just have the sound come from more than two of my speakers. It isn't intended to be published, shown or anything of that nature.
Why don't you just set your speakers to dual stereo? Ie, the same sound, front and back. Who needs cheesy reverb effects?
This guide may help you.
Not all the links were correct so here is the links I used for the programs.
Foobar2000 v0.9.4.2 http://www.afterdawn.com/software/general/download_splash.cfm/foobar2000?software_id=5...ersion_id=2279
foo_channel_mixer.7z (for 0.9) http://skipyrich.com/store/ foo_channel_mixer-0.9.6.5.7z
VST host (foo_dsp_vst) http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Plugins/foo-dsp-vst.shtml
Once all the programs are installed and set-up, the actual converting can be done in a batch.
I was able to make conversions with only using the channel mixer and not using V.I. suite. You will have to test and see what works best.
If you have Audacity with the FFmpeg plug-in, you can test the AC3 file in Audacity.
Last edited by ANK; 30th Mar 2012 at 02:41.