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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by DianneG » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:17 am

Here's the Amazon link to the mic I bought:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TR ... UTF8&psc=1

I do understand that I have to do my own acting, but I've already got contracts for two books and two others that say they will let me know when the book is ready. When these two books are finished, I'll have a lot better idea whether I'm any good at narrating or not.

At least I can be sure my sound is good!
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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:01 am

Test 4.1 Corrected.wav

Almost identical. I did think about this a little when I was designing the suite. In General, if the last two steps aren't needed, they don't do anything. So there's no down side. RMS Normalize may, for example, correct your clip loudness from -20dB to -20dB.

Noise Reduction and DeEsser don't work that way, they always have some change in the sound which is why ACX wants you to stop correcting if you don't need correction.

Back to the raw reading for a second. Can you correct that fluff at 9 seconds in post production editing? Experienced readers have personalized techniques for what happens when they make a mistake. Ring a bell, blow a whistle. Just leave a big gap. Anything so you can find your place later when you're staring at 30 minutes of dense blue waves. You can even set an Audacity Label at that point so you can go back later and fix it.

http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/label_tracks.html

And by going back later, I don't mean record a correction later. It is recommended that you stop just after the fluff and record the correction right then in order to maintain your story rhythm, flow and pitch. After you make a couple of those you figure out how far back to go so you don't kill yourself later in editing. In General, you read that whole sentence again. Don't back up one word and let fly. It takes some getting used to. See if you can make that one sound natural.


Make another test. Set up as normal with you seated in place. Announce "Room Tone Test." Sit quietly and breathe normally for nineteen seconds. Post the WAV.

You never told us what the computer was. What is it— and where is it?

Since you're on Windows, it's possible you're announcing through layers of Windows Voice Processing and that may be some of the boom sound.

You don't have this kind of voice damage, but you should go to those locations and make sure all those services are turned off.

http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_ ... hancements

Windows comes out of the box all set up for corporate conferencing and communications with automatic echo cancellation and voice processing. They haven't been general purpose computers in years.

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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:12 am

See? Other people wouldn't mind you reading to them, either.
I'll have a lot better idea whether I'm any good at narrating or not.

Oh, it's so much worse than that. When you get to the end of the first book, you'll want nothing more than go back and read it all again.

"Goodness, I was really terrible at the beginning of this....."

That doesn't happen on the second book.

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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by DianneG » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:24 am

Yes, I'm sure I will be critical of my performance on at least the first book but I'm enjoying the creation process. I think I like the production after the reading most of all.

Are you saying I shouldn't use noise reduction or the de-esser?

Tomorrow I'll make the changes you recommend and post that clip for you.

Thanks,
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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:30 am

You never told us what the computer was. What is it— and where is it?

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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by DianneG » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:38 am

Oh yes, it's not an expensive computer. It's a Lenovo Ideapad 320 and I have been placing it directly in front of the mic.
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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:00 am

Got it. I think your laptop microphones are those two dots up next to the camera on the lid. See if your instructions say anything more about that.

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Do a scratch test. Start a recording and announce "Lenovo Microphone" and then scratch it/them. Then "Yeti" and scratch that.

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/ScratchTest2.mp3

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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:03 am

I have been placing it directly in front of the mic


Working from the wall, it's Lenovo, Yeti and then you?

A cousin to this.

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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by DianneG » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:08 am

Yes, it looks like that except for the stacks of books that are now on both sides of the mic. Also, my mic is not hanging from a boom. It sits on the table in a holder. I'll run the Lenovo mic test tomorrow too. I see the dots on my computer.
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Re: Questions From New Narrator

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:11 am

I see the dots on my computer.

Do the detailed instructions tell you that's where the microphones are?

The on-line stuff isn't very helpful. Yes, I know the case colors are pretty. I got that.

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