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Recording my podcast in Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by themjpoetshow » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:41 pm

Hi all, so I am trying to get a consistent level whilst recording in Audacity on my laptop.

My mic is attached via the USB port but I always seem to be up and down with my audio. I sadly cannot have a dedicated place in my small house to record as my wife is not well so I am either in the bedroom or living room. Ideally I would like to have it so I have minimal voice editing afterwards. So I would like to reduce "essing" and just not have it sound tinny. I have seen people say be right up to the mic and other say stand away! As my technical skills are not too great I would love some pointers. I have recorded all my latest podcast (and read all the poems on it - oh yeah it's a poetry one!) but just am irritated with the up and down-ness of it! Thanks if you can guide me!


P.S. Here is a link to an example of recording - I amplified it a little after recording in audacity:

https://soundcloud.com/mjmusic2015/temp


P.P.S. I attach photos of the mic and the connections.
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Re: Recording my podcast in Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:08 pm

I'm looking for the voice processors.

Since you have a pop and blast filter, you should be about a power fist away from it.

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Further and you could get weak voice problems such as hiss noise in the background and room echo and noises. Closer and you could get P Popping and other mouth noises.

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As we go.

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Re: Recording my podcast in Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:09 pm

Level Speech is a plugin for evening out voice performances.

http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyqui ... vel_Speech

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Re: Recording my podcast in Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:18 pm

I can give you a quick quality push. Put a heavy blanket or towel on the table under the microphone. That will help prevent noises from coming up from the floor or table and it suppresses slap noises and reflections from your voice.

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That's a higher-end setup, but please note everything is sitting on a powder blue furniture moving blanket. That's not just for looks.

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Re: Recording my podcast in Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:28 pm

I didn't hear anything wrong with what you have. It's not unusual for new users to keep improving their system and performance until it stops working.

That's the DiQuithitt Phenomena or Effect

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Re: Recording my podcast in Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by themjpoetshow » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:35 pm

Thanks Koz. Interesting stuff! So a blanket will help!

The clip probably sounded fine. But my current podcast all the links are of differing sound and quality!

Hopefully I can sort it eventually! I think I just need to edit Audacity so I get the right recording settings, whatever they may be!

Cheers, MJ
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Re: Recording my podcast in Audacity

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:52 pm

They should be your voice peaking between -6dB and -10dB on the Audacity bouncing light sound meter. That's roughly where the meter starts turning yellow. The blue wave tops should settle somewhere around 0.5 or a little less.

Roughly here:

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all the links are of differing sound and quality!

And the more of that kind of thing you do, the longer it takes to produce the final show—if you can fix them. There are productions that ran into difficulties—and never finished! Nobody likes to talk about them.

There is a fuzzy rule of thumb about an edited show taking five times the length of the final. That's running top speed through the editing and cutting process. If you have to stop and rescue the clips and segments from quality problems, it will take a lot longer.

This is where the Producer decides the course of the show. That would normally be the person signing checks, but in your case, it's the person who decides the quality/time trade-off.

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