I was doing a recording with another person using a site called Zencastr. It records two separate tracks from each user’s local machine. While having our conversation on Zoom, because Zencastr doesn’t do video, I could hear distortion, but I thought that wouldn’t be an issue because Zencastr was making a local recording from the other person’s computer.
But the final track is just as distorted as what I could hear on zoom. Here’s a sample of how it sounds in a lot of places:
Is this salvageable with Audacity 2.4.2? If so, any tips and resources I could take a look to? I don’t even know what the name for this kind of problem is.
I’m somewhat familiar noise reduction, but only when I can sample a piece of noise which doesn’t overlap with any other sound.
On the side, even if I were able to get another re-recording, I’m confused as to what the issue could have been, given what I have is a local recording from their computer. Any ideas on that? I’ve not had this issue before.
Denise and I are four time zones apart. We’re both broadcast professionals, so we’re both wearing headphones. I recorded my voice through a sound mixer and her voice in the same mixer connected to the Skype computer speaker feed. The mixer sound is recorded on a separate computer. It could have been any sound recorder.
The music was because I was trying to see how much of this I could get in one pass, like a live radio show. That needs a lot of work, but music was just another connection to the sound mixer.
You are listening to all the hoops Zoom has to jump through to get bi-directional voices to work without feedback and (too many) dropouts. It is possible that Zencaster is set up wrong. It’s also possible it’s struggling with a bad internet connection. I know people that are able to get Audacity to record the local microphone before Zoom gets to it, but that’s a juggling act and it doesn’t always work.
This was a video show? Do you have a good video editor?
As a backup next time, set your smartphones for a voice recording and just lay them on the table next to each person. Make sure the microphone is up. Most times that means the phone is face-down. That’s how I shot this in a noisy restaurant.
That was either Apple Voice Memo or Music Memo, I forget which. Note this only works if everybody is wearing headphones or earphones.
You are experiencing a Movie/Television oddity. Nobody pays any attention to the sound until it stops working. Without the sound, you can all go home.