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by DVDdoug
Sun Jun 13, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: audio capture from speakers
Replies: 11
Views: 119

Re: audio capture from speakers

You use your laptop's built-in microphone as your Recording Device to record the sound in the room. Turn off Software Playthrough to prevent feedback & echo. I wonder if I can so without a soud card Your computer already has a sound chip which functions like a sound card. ...Most computers now have ...
by DVDdoug
Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:51 am
Forum: macOS
Topic: Sliding Stretch
Replies: 5
Views: 71

Re: Sliding Stretch

Is is possible to convert the files back to the original format (440Hz) instead of overwriting or 'adding' on top of the initial conversion? I basically want a do-over with the original file. You didn't save a copy of the original file? More processing will only make the distortion/artifacts worse....
by DVDdoug
Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Making Music with Audacity
Topic: lower volume under percentage
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: lower volume under percentage

There is a dB formula* but perceived loudness is more complicated. Audacity has Loudness Normalization which can be used to match the volume of two or more tracks but it can be tricky because you can end-up pushing the peaks into clipping (distortion). With dialog or music, a file that peaks at 0dB ...
by DVDdoug
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: ACX Requirements sound horrible
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: ACX Requirements sound horrible

If you follow the Recommended Audiobook Mastering Procedure the audio quality/character should not be affected very little. RMS normalization can push your levels into (potential) clipping (distortion). You can clip your DAC but Audacity itself doesn't clip. If you're not clipping, RMS normalization...
by DVDdoug
Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Recording Levels
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Re: Recording Levels

Are the levels too high or too low? If they are too high and clipping (distorting) that's a problem. If the levels are low, that's probably OK. Digital recording levels are not critical (as long as you avoid clipping). You can boost the volume digitally after recording? If the levels are too high, w...
by DVDdoug
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Cannot import mp4 file because ffmpeg fails
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Cannot import mp4 file because ffmpeg fails

X:\" is a portable hard drive where I keep lots of audio. Its a toshiba 3TB drive. "Just for fun", try copying the file to your main hard drive. As-of 3.0.0, the new Audacity unified database project format doesn't support FAT-formatted drives. There's a (related?) bug when opening regular audio/vi...
by DVDdoug
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Converting cassettes to digital
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: Converting cassettes to digital

I have cable going into the blue line port for the PC out to the headphones jack on the tape deck. That's correct, except the blue connection is a line- input. ;) The headphone output from the tape deck is OK but if this is a regular "component" type tape deck the RCA line-outputs should also work ...
by DVDdoug
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: plays both windows; i only want one
Replies: 9
Views: 101

Re: plays both windows; i only want one

If you Open two files you normally get two separate Windows that play separately. If you Import two files they normally open in the same Window and they mix when you play or when you export to a new file. There is a mute button to the left of the tracks if you want to silence one of them. So... What...
by DVDdoug
Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Adding Features to Audacity
Topic: Create Harmonies for Vocals
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: Create Harmonies for Vocals

There are actual harmonizer plug-ins (you can Google) so you shouldn't have to use basic pitch-shifting or manual "tricks". But I've never tried one and I don't know what works with Audacity.
by DVDdoug
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: macOS
Topic: Annoying Gaps
Replies: 6
Views: 68

Re: Annoying Gaps

Audacity generally under 30% and Activity Monitor generally under 2%. I don't know how to solve this, but the overall percentage doesn't tell the whole story... If some application, process, or driver, "hogs" the system for a few milliseconds too long, you get buffer overflow and a dropout/glitch. ...