Originally Published: Sunday, 9 April 2000 Author: Christof Vandewalle
Published to: enhance_articles_multimedia/Audio Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Review: Electric Ears

Electric Ears (eears) is a program that I heard a lot about in the past few days, and so I decided to check it out. Here is my review.

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Electric Ears (eears) is a program that I heard a lot about in the past few days, and so I decided to check it out.

I had heard that this program was a powerful sound editor with many options. I downloaded the latest version and tried to compile it. Because I'm working with Slackware 7.0 + gnome + esd + ... it wasn't a problem to get it compiled and running. I'm proud on this box because it is the best configuration I have lying around.

I launched the program from my Eterm and saw that I had to manually create a $HOME/.eears/plugins directory. Immediately I wondered as to why this is not done automaticly. I created the directory and copied the plugins from /usr/local/lib/eears/plugins. I launched the program again and the warning went away. I then proceeded to check out this powerful sound editor. After it was started I could see a gnome application like thousands of others I had worked with that included 6 buttons and 4 menu items. I found it strange that this was actually a sound editor. The help menu item only has an about topic where I read that Electric Ears is just a simple wave player and editor. I found out about the player very fast, and soon opened a wave file and pressed play. Yes it _did_ play. The record feature does its job just as it is supposed to...by recording and not doing much else. Cutting and pasting pieces of files is simply not possible. I still wonder why there are edit/cut/paste/copy menu items when such is the case. There isn't a help function also, so I did not have the opportunity to check if I went about doing something the wrong way (which I don't think I did). Electric Ears has a nice interface but other than that, I don't see any reason why you should use the program. It's a bit slow, it crashed one time, and generally it isn't what I expected it to be. I will follow up on future releases of eears and when the program does what is stated in the README file ("Electric Ears will be a simple sound player, at first. Then it will become a powerful sound editor), I'll have another go at it. If it's good, then you guys will be the first to know. At this moment, if you use an application to record or play files and it satisfies your basic needs, I recommend you stick with it. At this time eears is just not the program where we're all waiting for.

For those who want to check it out (or don't believe a word what I'm saying here) I say: please do and get the latest version here.





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