How to achieve -23 to -18 after normalizing?

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Re: How to achieve -23 to -18 after normalizing?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:12 am

I can't see any difference with and without the sock, so the sock doesn't appear to make any audible difference. Someone with better hearing can inspect the clips.

That's the good news. Did you find the two noise errors?

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Re: How to achieve -23 to -18 after normalizing?

Permanent link to this post Posted by TryHard90000 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:18 am

I believe they were user error caused by movement or me not pronouncing clearly, I quickly recorded them earlier so I can find out if my setup is acx capable. Ignoring those two technical errors, am I recording correctly enough to submit to acx?
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Re: How to achieve -23 to -18 after normalizing?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:20 am

am I recording correctly enough to submit to acx?

I think so.
Test3 goes through the mastering suite and only misses noise by a tiny amount. Plain Noise Reduction 6, 6, 6 brings it into conformance.

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Did you find out the process of submitting a test to ACX?

More importantly, can you duplicate my work on your machine?

We had one poster who repeatedly failed to create a working clip and nobody could figure out why. Turns out they were not using the right Audacity. The custom tools only work on Audacity 2.1.3 or later.

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Re: How to achieve -23 to -18 after normalizing?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:36 am

We frown on creating MP3 files unless you absolutely need them, but ACX won't accept anything else. Do everything in WAV and convert to MP3 right before submission.

I think it's still true you need to install the "lame" software package to make an MP3 file. Until relatively recently, you could play MP3 files all you wanted, but it required a paid license from Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to make one. Little known production facts.

http://www.audacityteam.org/download/windows/

Scroll down. You might install the FFMpeg software, too. That's needed to make and read MP4, AAC and other advanced sound formats.

You should take test3 and see if you can shepherd it all the way through the process. Mastering, noise reduction, editing and creating the MP3 submission file. Attached test3.mp3, corrected, noise reduced and encoded at 192 MP3 quality. It still passes ACX-Check and sounds reasonable, or at least to me. You should critically listen to it.

We had one poster who got bounced by including the wrong number of seconds of silence in the chapters. You do have to pay attention.

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Re: How to achieve -23 to -18 after normalizing?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:40 am

Making the MP3 is covered in this video.

https://www.acx.com/help/encoding/202008310

It's one of the links I pointed you to.

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