Good afternoon (Koz? )
Hope this finds you doing well and having a super weekend! Have a new question for you. I’ve read in an ACX article/post that they actually “prefer” that we use “Limiter” vs. “Compression”. Would you be so kind as to expound on your feelings/knowledge about either/or? I’m attaching a .png of what my Audacity default Limiter settings are – note that it always came up on the “Hard Limit” selection. I’ve also attached a .png of my Compression settings that should match ones I got from your site. Oh, and can you clarify if Normalize should be set to -3.2dB or -3.5dB – I seem to remember having seen it both ways only in different posts.
I’m being able to pretty much consistently get ACX Check “passes” on my raw recordings. Have really had to play around with my AT-2035 mic to get it just right in positioning. Honestly, it’s been a bit disappointing and frustrating to me that it appears to be so finicky. Then again, it could be me!
Oh, and I do have one more question. I read a post you posted back in June to someone in response to them saying that their recording met the ACX Check test requirements (passed), but they thought their MP3 sounded pretty awful. I tend to find that mine seem somewhat muffled – or, just not as crisp and clear as I would have expected. Anyway, you commented to them about the 192 kbps output to MP3 is a “minimum” and that you can go to 256 kbps or 320 kbps as long as you do not exceed the 120 minutes/chapter and 170MB file size. So, did that mean you recommend going higher if one can meet the other time-frame and file size limits?
OK, that’s enough words (maybe too many) for one post (ha! ha!). Oh, and as a reminder for you, I am using the following:
Windows 7 Pro - Audacity 2.1.2
Mic = AT-2035
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface (1st generation)
Thanks so much for your help, as always, and I hope you have a terrific day!