Can you check this file and HELP?!

Passes ACX on Audacity, fails ACX QA for noise floor above -60 (ACX check shows -83 dB) and fails 2nd Opinion for "headlength exceeds maximum of 1 second ". I thought we were supposed to put between 1-5 seconds of room tone before/after speaking?!?!

Passes ACX on Audacity, fails ACX QA for noise floor and “headlength exceeds maximum of 1 second on 2nd opinion”. I thought we were supposed to put between 1-5 seconds of room tone before/after speaking?!?!

You have inconsistent levels of noise, e.g. it suddenly gets louder at ~1.7 sec …


https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/multi_view.html

A noise-gate “audio enhancement” is a possible explanation.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/topic/disable-audio-enhancements

Inconsistent noise floor is a reason for ACX rejection …
https://help.acx.com/s/article/acx-audio-submission-requirements

Hi Trebor, thanks for responding. I’m not sure what you mean by 1.7 seconds, as the pic above makes it look like it’s silent until I begin speaking (around the 3 second mark). In any event, I trimmed the headlength to .75 and ran the AudioMastering macro and it passed 2nd Opinion (which is usually a good indicator it will pass ACX QA, right? It seems that having that 3 seconds headlength time was killing me somehow as that us the same place you see the sound inconsistency (?). Anyway, finger’s crossed this go-around works. I was sure to edit off the wav file (as if starting from scratch), and before I was manually adjusting all the levels vs. using the macro, which was MUCH more seamless, so let’s see what QA says. I may be circling back here, I hope not. Are you using Reaper (is that where you got that visual)?

The green arrows show where the noise-floor changes abruptly …

Audacity multi-view shows the waveform & spectrogram together …
https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/multi_view.html

Ah! Okay, thanks! Cool view, thanks!

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