Home video recording in attic and need help with sound

Good day,

I am new to the forum and excited to use audacity. I tried to search for the answer but could not locate it.

I am recording home videos in my attic and I am trying to make my vocals better and the reduce the large room sound.

I plan to do the majority of my videos for youtube in the attic and would like to learn the basics in creating a better sound. I have sound understanding of EQ but far from expertise and not too familiar with all of audacity options.

My current video software is filmora x which suggests to use audacity too.

here’s the link to my most recent video. It’s short.https://youtu.be/l2TMChJznso

Any assistance is appreciated.

I am recording home videos in my attic and I am trying to make my vocals better and the reduce the large room sound.

You really can’t remove reflections & reverb after recording.

It helps (a little) to have a directional (cardioid) microphone so it rejects (reflected) sounds from behind and from the sides, etc. (Most “good” microphones are directional so you probably already have one.)

Then, carpets, blankets, soft furniture, or anything to absorb sound will help. Or there are special sound absorbing panels. If you want to “get serious” about room treatment you should measure the room before and after treatment. (Diagnosis before treatment.) Measurement requires a special calibrated measurement microphone, and then there is free software that you can use. But that shouldn’t be necessary for voice.

Just having multiple objects (furniture, etc.) scattered around the room will help to break-up reflections and knock-down some resonances (compared to an empty space).

…I actually work in a warehouse-like space. When I first move-in it was mostly empty and it was hard to talk to someone because there was so much reverb. Now there are more desks and workbenches and the reverb is MUCH reduced. There’s nothing “soft” that absorbs sounds, just a lot of hard objects to break-up/deflect/diffract the soundwaves.

Soundproofing is a “different subject” and it’s generally expensive, although any steps to absorb reflected sound will also absorb some of the background noise.+

That’s a bad case of reverb(eration).

There are de-reverb plugins, but they they are pretty much useless in severe cases, e.g. …

The real solution to minimise the reverb is a microphone placed much closer to your mouth.
e.g. an external microphone (lavalier/headset) connected to the camera,

You may* get away with recording sound to a device on your person, (e.g. smartphone / audio recorder),
then replacing the video-audio with the audio from the personal device, using your video editor.

[* the different audio will noticeably drift out-of-sync on long recordings ].

Thank you for the replies!

I will need to get creative with having the mic as close as possible to me. Doing exercise and having a mic cord on my collar can create some entanglement issues. Regardless, I will find a way!