Audiobook - Small Sample - Welsh voice

There is a lot of lip sound that need to be taken out

Did anyone actually complain about that or are you being obsessive? Anything you do to the work has to be done to the whole work and works thereafter. So think about that when you’re piling on extra chores and tasks that will haunt you later. This is the same thing that haunts people who need a long laundry list of filters and effects just to rescue their performance enough to make ACX compliance. This is even before they filter their voice for pleasant sound.

ACX is very clear they would just as soon you didn’t do that. I use an example of you telling a story to someone in a quiet room over cups of hot tea. Smacks and all.

As far as multiple reading, a recent poster is on her second and third reading of some of her material. They started out stiff and awkward, but the latest efforts compare very well to other’s publications. Listen to your work as compared to other shows that you like. But don’t be obsessive about copying someone else’s style, either. Actor’s get hired in order to contribute their own style.


Thanks for the advice, i must admit I may have been a bit over protective of the lip smacking.

Just one other thought, as the other files may be below -60 does this mean I will need to redo the editing? Is there a way of adding the room tone back into the gaps in the recordings?


Paul-L’s DeClick plugin get’s rid of clicks & pops , but it’s a slow-process ( usually longer than it takes to play )

Attached is acx-check.ny. There’s some discussion over the version numbers. This is the one I used, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the latest one. Park that in your pluggins and it will appear in Analyze.

Also, the non-plugin, classic version is here.
It is intended to be used with this (links aren’t in yet).

acx-check.ny versions are not fatal. They have to do with what happens if a work’s readings are right on the line. Peaks: 2.99999 versus 3.0000, for example. The computer version of “Too Much Information.”

Is there a way of adding the room tone back into the gaps in the recordings?

We are advised by ACX that if you need to add space to a performance, you paste in Room Tone instead of just adding blank silence. That means you have to have Room Tone and they recommend just recording a bunch of it to have it available. I don’t know the best way to edit because whatever you do, you have to transfer exact timings between two or more tracks and I’m not a master editor.

They’ll be along.

other files may be below -60

Unless you were really messy about recording during a rainstorm or having the dog take off after the letter-carrier, I doubt the works are going to be a problem. LF_rolloff will get you into compliance and Noise Reduction of the Beast should get you the rest of the way there.

No reduction will take the dog out. Redo that one.

You have to identify the problem. Erratic and ever-changing noises will have to be fixed before you record. Noise Reduction only works on steady, non-changing noises like computer fans and hum.

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What did you do to the clip before we got it. That’s not a raw clip.

acx-check.ny (5.47 KB)

One more note. LF_rolloff is used with the Equalizer Length slider all the way up. It’s difficult to get accurate curves down that low.

Read through the classic version notes. That gives you a lot of information about what you’re doing.


Thank you for all the help.

Here’s the latest version of acxcheck.ny

Installation instructions for nyquest plugins can be found here:
acx-check.ny (5.6 KB)

And now [drum roll].
What did you do to the clip before we got it. That’s not a raw clip.

I can assure you that the recording sent was straight out of the box, no editing made. Why do you ask?


I can assure you that the recording sent was straight out of the box

Oh, I believe you. The sound clip supplied happened not only to conform to one of the ACX technical standards, but also the odd number I use in a tool I recommend. The forum elves learn not to ignore coincidences like that.

We had one poster who swore the clip supplied was right out of the box (except for that little slider adjustment he made so we could see it better).

It’s very important to supply raw work. We are likely to suggest specific tools and filters based on that. If you patched it and then we patched it, you could get a laundry list of corrections, some of which you don’t need.

This is also why I, at least, rarely respond directly to requests to “finish the adjustments.” That almost never comes out well. ACX is clear they don’t like long lists of corrections, if for no other reason it usually makes the voice sound funny.

Nobody wants your voice to sound funny.