I am trying to record episodes for my Podcast but there are days when sometimes its fine, others, like today where there is humming in the back ground. I play with noise reduction but that tends to make it worse.
Can anyone advise how to educe the hum or get rid of it altogether - ideally.
I have not changed my settings for recording to recording
I uninstalled the version of Audacity and installed the latest version (2.4.2) to see it that helps, but the recording may be better but there is still a hum. If I use Noise Reduction, the wave form goes to one thickness and the hum is more noticeable
I took at your files and you have what seems to me an enormous amount of 60 cycle hum. I tried using a low-pass filter, but I had better luck using the Noise Reduction feature, which removed most of it for me. Follow these directions, here: Noise Reduction - Audacity Manual. I used the default values: 12, 6, and 3. [Should Audacity have a “Defaults” button for this?]
But most of an enormous amount is still a lot of hum. koz and others have more experience and much better ears than I do with this sort of thing. However, here are some ideas that come to mind:
Your PC may be having a bad power reaction to your your blue icicle. You could try a different PC or a different USB interface. If you have a USB powered hub: Amazon.com, it might correct the problem.
Check if the problem gets better or worse by moving cords around.
Do you have florescent lights in the room? Perhaps this is caused by a LED rectifier or dimmer circuit on a power saver bulb ?
I once had a terrible hum on a piece of consumer electronics and a clerk in a music/audio store suggested putting in a power strip and cutting off the ground lead on the strip. I, shudder, had no other options, so I tried it and it fixed that problem. I do NOT recommend that, but if you do decide to do it, make sure you use a GFCI circuit to protect yourself and others: Amazon.com
Again, others have more experience in this area. Perhaps they will contribute here as well.
what seems to me an enormous amount of 60 cycle hum.
Analyze > Plot Spectrum gives me 50Hz hum maybe from a European country.
It’s still a power problem. It seems to be coming and going because it’s a good bet you’re not listening to 50Hz. Most speaker and headphone systems can’t work at that low a pitch tone. However, once you start production, the tone may get loud enough to distort and that produces harmonics and overtones. 100Hz and 150Hz and 300Hz are very clearly audible.
You can see this with analyze > Plot Spectrum. Use these settings. See the big upward point at 50Hz? Put your cursor over the spike and the Peak window will read the pitch or frequency. This is an analysis of “Noise” which has the distortion in it.