So my friend and I recorded the two first episodes of our podcast with clip-on mics and everything went great.
Now we’ve gotten access to a recording studio where we’ve been recording another two episodes - but now we’re having a whole lot of sound troubles.
Now we’ve gotten access to a recording studio where we’ve been recording another two episodes
With a recording engineer? Who set your sound levels? High recording sound levels is what produces clipping and high volume distortion. As you’re finding, that’s super hard to fix. During clipping, the microphone system stops following the show. The only way to “fix” that is to make up new sound and hope it fits. That’s what Clip Fix and those other tools do. That’s why if the distortion is bad enough, you shoot it over.
You also violated a studio convention. Did you check the first show before you started the second one?
At the end of the first performance, roll the show back and spot check play it here and there for sound quality. If you’re in Audacity, set View > Show Clipping to ON. That will give you red marks in the timeline at all the damage points. You don’t even have to listen through the whole show.
It’s a recording studio at my school so we’re responsible for all the settings ourselfs.
My friend and co-host has some experience with recording radio but obviously he didn’t get it all right this time.
We’ll make sure to do some testing next time so that we don’t run into the same problem!