Dear Koz, I was able to complete the Analysis/Contrast step, but I do not have anything called ACX check and it’s probably because I never got that file to download. It does pass the WCAG2 test. 49.9 dB Average RMS–that’s the difference between the background noise and the speech.
I read through a thread with you and Santina724 and hardly understood a word, but did notice that the numbers you gave for that person’s Noise Reduction Step 2 were different than you gave me for mine, which were 12/6/6 with the level all the way to the right on that last item. Did you give me those numbers based on the sample file I uploaded, and will they be good for all my chapters as long as I don’t change the room, mic, etc.? Also, may I ask, does the number of times I do any noise reduction reduce the volume? I have been doing this, if I found some breathing noise or whatever, I just selected the whole file and ran the noise reduction for that sound (rationale, it would find all the times I took a breath like that one and I wouldn’t have to look for them and manually delete them) but I think I reduced the volume. The peaks on the file seemed to get smaller anyway. Should you just run noise reduction as seldom as possible, only for typical, not atypical, noises? And find the others noises and manually delete them?
Anyway, I didn’t test all my finished chapters, the four of them, but the one I was checking I think failed the loudness test. It was 3.1. I don’t know if ‘passing’ the WCAG2 test includes loudness, so if not, could you tell me what number to put in the New Peak Amplitude box in Amplify, if there is one?
Right now this is the routine: I’m recording, then applying Steve’s magic LF file, then Equalization, Normalization, and Noise Reduction (several times on that last step), not necessarily in that order, plus I tighten up any pauses–takes a while, that last step. I will add that ACX check when I have the file (I’m gonna go look for it), and meanwhile will do Analyze/Contrast and see if each file passes the WCAG2 test at least. So I’m asking, is this routine okay? You and Santina talked about so many other things!!!