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Batch file conversion

June 4, 2008 | 4:10 pm

Having now learned that Max5 doesn’t support SD2 format, I need to
convert a lot of files to aiff. I’ve been wandering around the internet
trying to find something that will do batch conversion and can’t find
anything that accepts SD2 files as input! (perhaps a comment on why
Max5 dropped SD2!) This includes what appear to be the most-used apps
(Switch and Max)

Does anyone know of an OSX batch converter (preferably cheap or free)
that accepts SD2 files as input?


Jon Hallstrom
Dept. of Music, Colby College
5674 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
207-859-5674


June 4, 2008 | 4:28 pm

iTunes!
Cheers
Roger

On 04/06/2008 17:10, "Jon Hallstrom" wrote:

> Having now learned that Max5 doesn’t support SD2 format, I need to
> convert a lot of files to aiff. I’ve been wandering around the internet
> trying to find something that will do batch conversion and can’t find
> anything that accepts SD2 files as input! (perhaps a comment on why
> Max5 dropped SD2!) This includes what appear to be the most-used apps
> (Switch and Max)
>
> Does anyone know of an OSX batch converter (preferably cheap or free)
> that accepts SD2 files as input?
>


June 4, 2008 | 6:16 pm

This may be be a stupid question, but if I import SD2 files into iTunes,
they get compressed and turned into AAC (MPEG4) files. As near as I can
tell, there’s no way to export alternative file formats from iTunes. Am
I missing something?

Roger Carruthers wrote:
> iTunes!
> Cheers
> Roger
>
>
> On 04/06/2008 17:10, "Jon Hallstrom" wrote:
>
>
>> Having now learned that Max5 doesn’t support SD2 format, I need to
>> convert a lot of files to aiff. I’ve been wandering around the internet
>> trying to find something that will do batch conversion and can’t find
>> anything that accepts SD2 files as input! (perhaps a comment on why
>> Max5 dropped SD2!) This includes what appear to be the most-used apps
>> (Switch and Max)
>>
>> Does anyone know of an OSX batch converter (preferably cheap or free)
>> that accepts SD2 files as input?
>>
>>
>
>
>
>


Jon Hallstrom
Dept. of Music, Colby College
5674 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
207-859-5674


June 4, 2008 | 6:38 pm

In preferences under advanced, importing, import using, you can choose between different formats.



jln
June 4, 2008 | 6:49 pm



m
June 4, 2008 | 8:03 pm


June 4, 2008 | 8:16 pm

Not sure what you consider cheap, but at 90 bucks this one is a pretty good deal. Nice feature set.
http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/samplemanager/index.php
cheers,
Jim


June 5, 2008 | 3:36 am

Not sure whether it’s worth the server cycles to keep this thread going,
but since it’s possible that SD2-aiff batch conversion is something that
may be useful to anyone who’s stuck with a lot of SD2 files Max5 won’t
parse, I’ll take the thread another iteration…

It seems to me that there must be a utility out there that doesn’t cost
a bundle that will do the job. iTunes doesn’t convert the files upon
import; you have to manually select them and choose "convert selection
to aiff" once they’ve been imported. The conversion then makes copies
of the originals, gives them the same name and puts them in the main
library (whaaa?) … You then have to find them within all the other
tunes in the library and drag them out… rather convoluted and
confusing if you’re dealing with lots of files.

Matthias suggests Max (great name huh?), but like Switch it doesn’t open
SD2 files. AudiaHub ($19) does appear to accept SD2 but mysteriously
refused to recognize about half the SD2 files I tried to open.

Anyone else got any other suggestions?


Jon Hallstrom
Dept. of Music, Colby College
5674 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
207-859-5674



bdc
June 5, 2008 | 4:18 am

If you just want to convert one file at a time, soundhack is free and
will do it for you. Amadeus Pro for $40 will do batch conversions. I
have Amadeus Pro but because I don’t have any SD2 files I can’t speak
to how reliable the conversion might be.

Brad

On 4-Jun-08, at 9:36 PM, Jon Hallstrom wrote:

> Not sure whether it’s worth the server cycles to keep this thread
> going, but since it’s possible that SD2-aiff batch conversion is
> something that may be useful to anyone who’s stuck with a lot of SD2
> files Max5 won’t parse, I’ll take the thread another iteration…
>
> It seems to me that there must be a utility out there that doesn’t
> cost a bundle that will do the job. iTunes doesn’t convert the files
> upon import; you have to manually select them and choose "convert
> selection to aiff" once they’ve been imported. The conversion then
> makes copies of the originals, gives them the same name and puts
> them in the main library (whaaa?) … You then have to find them
> within all the other tunes in the library and drag them out…
> rather convoluted and confusing if you’re dealing with lots of files.
>
> Matthias suggests Max (great name huh?), but like Switch it doesn’t
> open SD2 files. AudiaHub ($19) does appear to accept SD2 but
> mysteriously refused to recognize about half the SD2 files I tried
> to open.
>
> Anyone else got any other suggestions?
>
>
> —
> Jon Hallstrom
> Dept. of Music, Colby College
> 5674 Mayflower Hill
> Waterville, ME 04901
> 207-859-5674
>


June 5, 2008 | 5:27 am

Also, with Itunes you can disable ‘Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library’ under Advanced -> General preferences.

This will cut down on the amount of files you have to deal with.
When I use iTunes for stuff like this (I try not to), I make a playlist for the tracks I’m importing. I bring them in, convert them and then ctrl+click on a file and use the ‘show in finder’ to locate it. Also sorting by Date Added will make it easy to keep track of the files.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a number of DAWs can handle these kinds of tasks, if you have one already. I know Pro Tools and Logic can both import a large number of files and then export in a different format.

Obviously this stuff is more work than just a drag and drop, but you get what you pay for. And don’t forget to count the time you spend looking for a free app, as opposed to simply biting the bullet and using what you have.

Also look into AudioFinder. Not free, but great for a lot of different things.


June 5, 2008 | 5:40 am

On Jun 4, 2008, at 8:36 PM, Jon Hallstrom wrote:

> Anyone else got any other suggestions?

Make one in Max 4?

-C

Chris Muir
cbm@well.com

http://www.xfade.com


June 5, 2008 | 8:36 am

If you have access to a Classic machine, SoundApp was
always great for this sort of thing.
Iirc, you don’t actually have to boot into OS9 to run
it for simple batch conversions, it will work under
Classic,
cheers
Roger


June 10, 2008 | 4:55 pm

Jon Hallstrom schrieb:
> This may be be a stupid question, but if I import SD2 files into iTunes,
> they get compressed and turned into AAC (MPEG4) files. As near as I can
> tell, there’s no way to export alternative file formats from iTunes. Am
> I missing something?

yes, the preferences. Its hidden under advanced-import or something. You
can convert to aiff, to mp3, to aac etc….


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June 10, 2008 | 5:08 pm

Jon Hallstrom schrieb:
> Anyone else got any other suggestions?

You can build your own batch processor in Max 4.6.3. Might be patched
together faster than looking for a ready to go solution and learn it…
(import message to a buffer~ and save it…)

Stefan


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June 11, 2008 | 12:03 am

Hi, you might try my miTunes which can be used as a batch converter.
A bit flakey and old now and I’m not maintaining it but it worked for
me when I used to use it, though I was not sure that quicktime is all
that great at file conversion. Seemed to leave bits and bobs in the
sound files sometimes;
http://tinpark.com/miTunes
Cheers
Martin~

On 10 Jun 2008, at 17:55, Stefan Tiedje wrote:

> Jon Hallstrom schrieb:
>> This may be be a stupid question, but if I import SD2 files into
>> iTunes, they get compressed and turned into AAC (MPEG4) files. As
>> near as I can tell, there’s no way to export alternative file
>> formats from iTunes. Am I missing something?
>
> yes, the preferences. Its hidden under advanced-import or
> something. You can convert to aiff, to mp3, to aac etc….
>
> —
> Stefan Tiedje————x——-
> –_____———–|————–
> –(_|_ —-|—–|—–()——-
> — _|_)—-|—–()————–
> ———-()——–www.ccmix.com
>


June 11, 2008 | 12:59 am

Stefan,

Thanks for your suggestion. Silly that I didn’t think of it myself. As
it turns out, I got a copy of a program called AudioFinder (recommended
by another Maxer) that does batch conversion of sound files and also
allows sophisticated searching and organizing specifically directed at
sound files. I’m replying with this info primarily because others with
lots of sound files (who, like me, might well have forgotten where they
put them!) might be interested in an application that helps find and
organize them.

Jon

Stefan Tiedje wrote:
> Jon Hallstrom schrieb:
>> Anyone else got any other suggestions?
>
> You can build your own batch processor in Max 4.6.3. Might be patched
> together faster than looking for a ready to go solution and learn it…
> (import message to a buffer~ and save it…)
>
> Stefan
>


Jon Hallstrom
Dept. of Music, Colby College
5674 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
207-859-5674


June 11, 2008 | 2:25 pm

Just received some spam from macheist.com and i notice that they’re including SoundStudio in their latest bundle, which makes the price pretty attractive.
Never used it myself, but i have a colleague who likes it a lot, and i notice it claims to be able to do batch conversions.
cheers
Roger


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