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One... no... Two Things Linux Has That Windows Doesn't

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A cry from a fellow composer arrived yesterday asking how to quickly adjust the gain level for over 10,000 audio files. Designers from all over recommended the usual applications — Peak, SoundForge, Waves, Barbabatch, Wavelab — as help to his predicament.

Fine recommendations, but this is a perfect job for Linux. A simple script, the bash shell and free Linux audio applications can fix him up nicely. (Those who don't have a spare PC quit belly-aching. Linux doesn't require the horsepower that Windows craves, so retrieve that old clunker you tossed last year and see my article Resurrect Your Old PC for Music—with Linux for the cost of a blank CD.)

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