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Re: fixing my mistakes

Permanent link to this post Posted by luv2readaloud » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:34 pm

thank you for your help I havent gotten close to perfect yet but much closer then I was
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Re: fixing my mistakes

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:18 pm

Post a sound clip according to that formula after you beat Windows into submission.

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/Test ... _Clip.html

Sometimes we can identify problems straight-away and save you a lot of work.

It's not kidding. Make a simple recording and do not do anything to it before you post it.

I like the voice. We just have to get it recorded correctly.

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Re: fixing my mistakes

Permanent link to this post Posted by luv2readaloud » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:48 pm

here you go, this is completely unedited.
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Re: fixing my mistakes

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:01 pm

luv2readaloud wrote:here you go, this is completely unedited
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The voice-signal on that is way too low ...

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The voice-signal is only ~22dB above the constant noise-floor. You should be aiming for ~50dB above noise-floor, (then you don't need to use lots of noise-reduction, which makes the voice sound computery).

You may have a physical mic-gain knob on your hardware somewhere,
or a virtual gain-slider control in the software, to increase the voice-signal, e.g. ...

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Re: fixing my mistakes

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:41 pm

Why is to be determined, but yes, the "rain in the trees" hiss noise behind you is way too loud. And/Or, your voice is way too low.

We're 2/3 there. I applied the audiobook tools and got everything to pass including voice quality.....except noise.

Before we get into the weeds about microphone internal noises, etc, who is that talking behind you? There are two voices in there. You super can't do that. We can't split two voices apart in post production and delete only one. Once they're mixed together, that's the show.

The good news is you're missing all the processing and built-in craziness and distortion that the machine was applying. The bad news is the processing was covering up some problems.

As above, make sure you have the volume controls in your microphone, Windows and Audacity turned up. After that, announce a test and watch the blue waves and Audacity sound meter. Slowly get louder and closer to the microphone and watch Audacity. I expect you to be about a power fist away from your pop filter or a Hawaiian Shaka away from your microphone.

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And be able to get something like this.

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What microphone do you have? Getting this spacing is rough if you have a table mounted microphone.

"Bend down until your chin is on the table..."

Just kidding.

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Re: fixing my mistakes

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:45 pm

My fault. You did say what you were using.
I have a headset microphone that I am currently using

Describe it. Model numbers?

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Re: fixing my mistakes

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:09 am

See? I can force it to pass ACX AudioBook compliance (see first three readings and sentence 2/3 down)

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But I had to go through noise processing twice to get there and your voice is starting to sound hollow and wine-glassy.

If you play that in Audacity, note how much louder it is than your raw clip. You should get closer to that volume when you record.

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Re: fixing my mistakes

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:50 pm

I have two headset type microphones.

One is a Logitech "gamer" type full USB headset and it's pretty awful. It works, but the sound is constricted, honky and low volume. I put it in the garage. The other is a head-mounted theatrical microphone and it's a lot more successful. It takes a small sound mixer and USB interface to run it. That's the one I used for my Skype Podcast test.

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/De ... lyCut3.mp3

If you do it right, those can eliminate a lot of the problems of a noisy or echoy room, but you do have to use them just right. It's easy to get P popping and breath wind noise.

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