Thank you, everybody.
So much to take in.
First things first. Robert, the background noise you hear (from the hostile environment of La Brea as Koz describes) I left in because this was RAW plus I was wondering if any skills could show me how to deal with it if I do miss it and record it. Usually I have to listen out for it, pause and / or re-do when I hear it. This is also why I have to start late at night until I can afford to convert my large hall closet. This is also why I took the headphones off as I really wanted to listen out for it but leave it in this time.
So, the recording level, Steve. Perhaps I’m too far away from the microphone as well because I thought I needed to have the microphone completely enclosed by the mini booth I built. It is on a microphone stand which I put some padding over, BTW.
I’ve added three new pictures to my home studio album here:
The first shows a panoramic view. The large monitor would be off when I’m recording because that is an old desktop machine which makes too much noise and has to be shut down so I work from the almost silent laptop. The window behind would also be closed, of course.
The second shows the padding I added around the microphone arm once I decided I needed to put a hole in the box so that the microphone could be better enclosed.
The third shows about how far I usually am when I’m standing to record. Is that too far?
I shall go back to recording in mono. I saw on another post someone say “people these days usually prefer stereo” which is why I made that change a few days ago.
I shall try to do a recording with the microphone as far outside of the box as I can in order for your comparison, Steve.
Haha and yes, you have emphasized enough that the recording has to be good in the first place.
I’ve noted down your new steps. Could you confirm which settings you use for the noise reduction please. And sorry about the hard limiter, another thing I thought I needed for the dastardly ACX. I shall definitely vote a yes on having a Limiter included (edit - though I’m having trouble finding the actual post). In the meantime, is there one you would recommend please?
So I really don’t have to do any compression or equalization? Nice. That means my voice gets to sound more like “me”.
Aww thank you very much for the congratulations. That actually means a lot to me.
Koz, yes the microphone is set to Cardiod. At a rough guesstimate the room is about 21 x 11 ft. I know, too big but I can’t yet move into the closet (ooer) until I can figure out power and what not.
I too have padding under the whole box and I have some underneath my laptop. I even have it around the music stand which holds my tablet. Plus I’ve seen that picture before so it seems I’ve been reading about you longer than I realized.
As to what is close to the Snowball, I did worry about the music stand. I can’t put it underneath because a) it wouldn’t fit and b) we were taught it is best to be looking up a little whilst reading. I have it as close as I can to where I don’t have to completely face the tablet as I worried that would cause some bouncing of my voice from the glass of the tablet. Perhaps I can figure out a way of having atop the box instead so that the space in front of the microphone is clear and I really am looking up.
Hmm, I can’t afford a new microphone right now (new business after 2 years unemployed and burning through most of my savings before finally getting my arse in gear means having to be careful with the pennies). I do have a Logitech G35 headset which was a gift from my sister but I’ve always disabled that microphone. Are you saying it might be better than my precious little Snowball?
And much gratitude to you too about the presentation! Seriously. And hah, so I can’t fake a woman’s voice, eh? With the videos I’ve been watching (mostly trans women teaching others how to find their female voice) I might agree though I’m still keen on trying just for the hell of it. Each of those say one has to start at one’s highest falsetto (I swear I hear cats screaming and dogs howling when I do it) and then drop down just a little to a more “comfortable” range. Then add breathiness and some sing-song quality. Sounds like it is a lot of work for females to speak. Odd they seem to do it so easily.
And I passed a Brit test? I didn’t even know there was one! Is there a reward? Edit - Ooh, could it be that my message was posted directly without needing the great approval from up above?
Trebor, I quite like the padding inside of that box but it all seems very close to the microphone and a tad rickety. After seeing the foam inside my home-made version would you recommend I change the type of lining I have?
Thank you very much, everybody. You’ve really lifted my spirits and given me a much more hopeful feeling that I can get this nailed down. My author really wants us to get the first book done and out there. I have the great fortune of him wanting me to do his others after that.