I have recently purchased a bunch of indonesian music VCD's (legal, original copies from the distributor itself) and since this particular company only makes VCD's for the most part, I've been trying to extract just the audio from the mpeg (DAT) files so I can listen to them on my iPod. (for my own, personal use of course).
I was finally able to do so with the help of X2X Free Audio Converter. The result of extraction were mp3 files with a nice, robust tone that were of equal quality to those on the VCD.
After playing the songs back I noticed there was a significant sound imbalance of left & right stereo tracks (i'm guessing; i apologize as I don't know exactly which terminology to use). I know this is not a problem as a result of converting formats, as the mp3's play out exactly like the dat files on the VCD: with noticeable separation of (stereo?) tracks (i.e., the vocals only play from the Left side, and the music plays only from the Right).
It's quite annoying as the sound imbalance is hurting my ears so I was wondering if there is any possible way to edit the mp3 files in free audio-editing software (like post-production work, i guess you can say?) so that I can ultimately balance/pan out the left and right sides so both vocals & music sound like they're coming from the center? I want a nice, balanced sound.
I did some searches and came up with things like Audacity, WavePad Sound Editor, RecordPad Sound Recorder & Movavi AudioSuite. I'm sure there are others, but I have no idea as to what all my options are.
I tried to work with an mp3 in Audacity by splitting it into 2 stereo tracks and adjusting the 'gain' and 'pan' on the Left and Right tracks to try and even out the sound of the composite file. It didn't appear to help much.
My question at this point is- is there anything else I can try in Audacity that I might not have thought of? Is there a better program I can use? Or- is it possible the resultant splitting of L&R stereo is simply due to the way the songs were originally recorded and formatted on VCD? At which point, no form of audio editing will help?
I welcome and appreciate input of any kind. Thanks so much.