Tip of the Week #22: Editing and uploading sounds

Today is a day of love, and not just because it’s Valentine’s! I believe every day should be filled with love, joy, and happiness that comes with learning and living life — including your Second Life!

Continuing from last week’s audio-related goodness, this tip is a popular question that deserves a better explanation: “How do I upload sounds?” And I show you not only that, but how to use a free, 3rd-party editor — Audacity — to prepare them too!

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Thanx to Dion Robbiani and others who suggested this tip!

Note: You may’ve noticed that along with this, there’re a set of 13 “Basics” video tutorials that showed up on my YouTube account today. I’ll explain both (1) why they were made and (2) why they “look different” in the near future… so keep coming here to find out!

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41 Responses to Tip of the Week #22: Editing and uploading sounds

  1. Roy Blanchard says:

    I still wanna know why the health and $$ change notifications are on the sound page! LOL

  2. Kerik Rau says:

    “Pretty trippy, it sounds like laser beams now”


  3. Gil Druart says:

    Nooooooooooooooo!!!! Think, Torley! Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should ..

    Stands by for a flood of sound spamming gestures to follow the recent flood of chat spamming gestures … 😦

    (*THAT* aside .. good tutorial as usual)

  4. Mimi says:

    When are you going to do something about stolen items? Why don’t you block stolen items when it is proven they are stolen?

    I know this is off topic, but for the creators of SL its a very important issue.

  5. Woot!

    I’ve done ADR work in RL – so I’ve been happily doing this stuff for a long time. BUT – even though I didn’t see anything I didn’t already know, I *had* to keep watching! LOL

    Torley the celebrity 😀

    (Now the poor guy will see no end of resident gestures flooding his inbox) LOL

    Awesome video – awesome presentation – as always!

  6. Elvis Orbit says:

    Great stuff Torely! I always enjoy your videos! Look forward to them every week!

  7. I’d like to add couple of things:

    1) When you cut parts of the waveform, make sure your cursor (both starting and ending spot) is on “zero” of the waveform. That is the place where waveform cross the horizontal line which is the silence. Otherwise, you will probably end up with those nasty clicks at the place you did your cutting.

    2) It is a good idea to cut “leading silence” at the beginning of the file. You just don’t want your sounds to be late, though they probably be due to downloading time and possible lag. be careful when you do this, Sounds have “pretimber” leading part that is lower volume but which is very important for us to recognize them and feel them as natural. A bit of practice will do a lot for the quality of your sounds.

    3) Don’t miss to normalize your sounds. That is to make them optimal volume. easiest way is to use Effect menu → normalize. default value is to 0 dB but I’d recommend to go some decimals lower, like -0.3 or -0.6 dB. Have in mind that by doing this you also raise the volume of background noise which is not good. You can do better by using compressor and/or noise removal tool. Those asks for abit more of knowledge and practice but are not too hard so if you send me IM or something, I’ll find (or write) a tutorial about that.

    4) MOST IMPORTANT: Listen your files! A lot! Preview is gold (and it saves you 10L$ each time you see too late that yuo have messed something).

  8. Creem says:

    It should be noted that the 1.19 viewers have removed the bitrate option when uploading sounds- does that force 64kbps for everything, or does the viewer pick a bitrate based on the sound’s content?

  9. Shakeno Tomsen says:

    Wew… I didn’t know that stereo sounds were allowed to upload ^^’

  10. Wayfinder Wishbringer says:

    GREAT tutoral Torley. Should help a lot of folks.

    (I did think it was humorous that you sent an inventory item to yourself and informed you were not online. LOL. Good tutorial and a chuckle as a bonus!) 😀

  11. TaraLi Jie says:

    And I see the new Basics tutorials are using the new Dazzle theme for the viewer – of which the *NICEST* thing I’ll say is “how derivative!”. Hopefully, we’ll at least be able to change the hue of the overall color – I’d like a nice warm honey brown, myself. But perhaps the thought of a Watermelon Theme for yourself will encourage you to encourage them to make it a lot more customizable? Frankly, shiny bright blue is starting to piss me off more and more.

    Heck, this is the last straw – I’m making sure I retheme my Seamonkey.

  12. I find that the sound levels have to be modified to the extent of adding distortion in order to get sufficient volume in SL.

  13. Wolfie Waves says:

    @10 Wayfinder
    That would be because Torley was using his alt account when he made that gesture :p

    Great video as usual! ^.^

  14. Alisha says:

    Torley, Your beat box skills are most impressive!! 😛

    Can Our next tutorial be on beatboxing?! :):P

    Thank You, another fun video.

  15. bobbyb30 zohari says:

    10 seconds is still way too short.

  16. Moll Dean says:

    Great tutorial, as usual 🙂

    Thank you Torley…
    I guess the next tutorial is about “How to create your own gesture/animation” by using the Qavimator ®.

    #7 Dandellion
    You gave us some very important points, Dandellion…

    # Mimi
    Yes… this is a off-topic, but a welcome off-topic. Just wonder when and what LL will post something about Copy-bots…

  17. Ponk Bing says:


    Break it down – dugadugaboomchic.

  18. Tiny Mind says:

    Yes, 10-second sound-clip limits are too short for this game. Looping is very evident on many .WAVs. I was sortta hoping this latest upgrading to the Live Servers would have increased such values to allow us more composition and freedom on in-game audio loops. Guess not.

  19. Ryu Darragh says:

    IM me inworld and I’ll drop a copy of my BeatBox sound looping tester on you. Drop a looped sound into it and see if it loops in SL the way it should. Autoloader and touch start/stop.

  20. Ryu Darragh says:

    Oh, one tip: When you chunk up sound files longer than 10 Seconds and upload the pieces, make each clicp a hair less than 10 Seconds to avoid the “Sound file is too lage to upload” problem. 9.999 Seconds is perfect and you can’t hear the .001 second gaps.

  21. mimi says:

    @ Molly 16

    I wonder that too.

  22. Tasrill Sieyes says:

    To those who want to know what LL said they were going to do… 15 months ago to help copy bot. I suggest everyone look at the check list and see how many of them have actually been done.


  23. Once again, my morning has been brightened by one of Torley’s vids. Wonder how long I can resist the urge to upload sounds now? ^_^

  24. Zephy Toshihiko says:

    Don’t forget if you are going to be testing uploads of sounds (and other things like textures etc.) instead of spending loads of lindens for each upload till you get it right, just go into the beta grid and test there. Will save you a small fortune!

  25. Rihanna Laasonen says:

    Torley, have you considered posting these tutorials on the Second Life podcast feed? You guys are hosting the podcast feed but don’t use it much. It would be great to have the tutorials download automatically instead of having to come here to find them then go off-site to watch them.

  26. Ursa Henley says:

    this is all well and good, and would have been very useful in the old sl but lets face it only the greifers are going to be using this to bother the rest of us trying to do our own thing in sl like everything else.

  27. wakawaka snook says:

    @ Tasrill

    Get off my cloud!

  28. Berry Steinhoff says:

    Thanks Torley. 🙂

  29. IAm Zabelin says:

    Thx Torley for a gr8 tutorial. I wish there were more with your passion to get things right.

    Tasrill Sieyes @ 22 is right…

    Most of us content creators are living in fear of Copy bot, which was a stupid move, promised to be corrected, but where are we today? I build a fraction of what I’d like to.

    Can we please get a Linden to make a statement on what progress has been made on the copy bot issue? We deserve that at least. With all the releases I’d have expected to see some of these ideas materializing.

    Also, I’d like to see a Linden put in charge of it, to make sure it keeps progressing, because it pretty much looks like content creators have been shafted by LL on this.

  30. Mimi says:

    Even more than copybot texture theft is an issue.

    I’ve come across copies of about any big brand, what does this tell businesses in Secondlife? Don’t grow too big, because you will be ripped down in no time.

  31. Sierra says:

    Meh, do this instead for cutting into 10 second splitting
    Install Audacity Beta and use the time boxes on the bottom of the Window to get *exact* cuts of 10 seconds by entering in the start and ending times.

  32. Orfej says:

    Nice recommendations but I want to know which kind of music sounds formats I can upload ?

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  34. Ziggy says:

    Where can I get Copy Bot from?

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  38. mooncaine says:

    Video no longer available as of 07-19-08, 10:39 PM EDT.

  39. mooncaine says:

    Oops, never mind, YouTube fibbed. I reloaded this page and now it doesn’t say the video is no longer available… which is groovy. 🙂

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