Hi, I have Audacity 2.1.0 on Windows 7. I record live solo vocal/acoustic guitar only, no multitracking, no overdubs etc. I record with 2 Studio B1 large diaphragm mics (one for guitar, one for vocal) and it’s always live … singing and playing at the same time. I plug the mics into a UR22 interface which is plugged into my computer and I record directly onto Audacity. I’m 100% happy with the recorded sound.
There’s only one problem I have … I would like the volume of the “finished” recording to be greater. Of course I can simply turn up the volume of the Audacity recorder (whether it be the recording volume or the playback volume), but then it hits the red line and distorts. Turning up the recording volume levels of my UR22 interface doesn’t solve the problem. I’ve noticed that many amateur recordings I listen to on the internet have non-distorted volume levels much greater than I can achieve on Audacity.
My goal is to have volume levels quite high (without distortion) on the “finished” recording so that when someone listens to a downloaded recording of mine through their speakers or headphones, they won’t need to turn up the volume switch on their equipment much at all, in order to hear the recording loudly.
What’s the best and easiest way to get good volume levels on a completed Audacity recording for solo vocal/acoustic guitar?