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Re: Please evaluate this sample

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:13 am

Some of that forward honky sound could be cause by the table. Spread a heavy blanket, towel or multiple layers of cloth on the whole table under the microphone. That blue thing is a furniture moving blanket.

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The book and orange bath towel are a terrific way to eliminate floor or table vibrations. You need both (it doesn't have to be Stephen King).

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Re: Please evaluate this sample FILE RELINKED

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:33 pm

CantorHank wrote:https://www.dropbox.com/s/7lzx5uw3d8ofh6d/preface_to_the_third_edition_raw.wav?dl=0

There's constant mains-hum and and intermittent metallic ringing at ~5Khz.
Those can be removed using this set of notch filters in Audacity's nyquist prompt ...

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(setf *track* (notch2 *track* 59 5))
(setf *track* (notch2 *track* 119 10))
(setf *track* (notch2 *track* 4780 50))
(setf *track* (notch2 *track* 5050 50))
(highpass8 *track*  20)

what the code looks like in Audacity's nyquist prompt.png
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''By George Topas'' , Before-After Notch filters & Paul-L DeClicker on default settings.wav
notch-filters have removed mains-hum & metallic ringing @ ~5KHz
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[ Paul-L's DeClicker plugin for Audacity is here ... viewtopic.php?p=245549 ]
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Re: Please evaluate this sample

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:28 pm

So now you know what a better quality microphone in a quiet, echo-free room will do for you. Good quality voice recording is not for the easily frightened, even if you're not reading for audiobooks.

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Re: Please evaluate this sample

Permanent link to this post Posted by CantorHank » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:06 pm

Koz and Trebor,

Thanks for taking the time to provide a full and comprehensive answer.

Will work on things......I now believe that it isn't the computer fan causing the hum but rather a nearby fridge motor. I will deal with that.

I will try to make some progress on 1 or 2 chapters and then submit them to Audacity to be sure I am on the right track.

Thanks again,

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