I just started podcasting and have been fortunate to record an episode with someone who I am looking up to, and she is well recognised in the world of leadership: Kim Scott.
Unfortunately what happened(my theory) is the cable went bit loose and the quality of the audio deteriorated significantly.
This same happened during another episode, only this time I can hear it happening.
I have attached the audio where you can hear first few seconds being OK and then it all goes south.
I hope that there is hope for me and its possible to improve the audio and make it an OK quality at least. There is no way to invite Kim again and record it again, and I need to find a way to fix it.
I have used the snowball yeti microphone, and it was recorded virtually over the zoom. I was hoping to hear that there is a way to save it/boost it.
What you are suggesting is that I could record everything that I have said again, and then mix it all together again?
I could transcribe the episodes, and record again my part, and then mix it up somehow.
Time-consuming but for the episode like this one, worthy!
I could in the future have a zoom call and recording audio via zoom, and turn on audacity as a second source? Would I need two mics?
So that’s a Zoom recording? That’s super good to know because this quality problem has come up before where the chat company (apparently) destroyed the sound quality.
not once this issue occurred(so far)
You can’t do that. If somebody forced me to guess at this problem, I would say internet congestion and connection problems at that exact instant caused the reduction in quality. That muffled voice takes less data than a full, clear quality voice. I’d be shocked if the quality corrected itself as the call went on. Nobody is going to upgrade your data pathway if they don’t have to.
Were you doing this around 2AM in your time zone? That’s when some internet systems go into testing and backups. That’s when your YouTube stops working.
Also see: with everybody working from home, internet traffic has gone nuts and some services are failing to keep up.
If the conferencing software detects that the network connection is not fast enough, it switches to a lower sample rate so that there is less data per second required over the network.
I wouldn’t. It is technically possible for the software to detect the data rate and dynamically change the bit-rate up or down. The Zoom conferencing software is modern and technically advanced, so it might do that. I think it’s less likely that older software such as Skype would do that, but that’s only a guess.