Important voice too low, the other one too loud–please help

Dear All,

I’m new, I recorded a very important conversation between someone on Skype and me in front of the computer, and now that I listened to it, I realized that while my voice is loud, the other person’s is so low it is incomprehensible.

I badly need to make out her words, but I don’t know how to do so, would you be so kind as to help me, please?

Thank you!

(Windows 8, Audacity 2.0.6, .exe)

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…the other person’s is so low it is incomprehensible.

I badly need to make out her words.

If it’s THAT bad, there may be nothing you can do. :frowning:

Try highlighting the part where the other person is speaking (you’ll have to zoom-in appropriately). Then, apply the Amplify effect. Or, you can use the envelope tool to fade-up and fade-down the volume where it’s needed.

There are also Leveler and Compressor effects which can even-out the volume more automatically. But but if you can’t make out what’s being said, adjusting it manually is probably your best hope.

There is special software for recording Skype, but I don’t have any experience with it. You might look into that before you try this again.

Skype takes over the computer sound system when it works and it doesn’t matter what Audacity thinks. As above there’s special software to record Skype so as not to have this problem. You are listening to the Skype echo cancellation leakage. Typically there’s nothing left of the far voice.

But if you want to try. Zoom into a small portion where there is Far Voice only.

Drag-select a portion of that voice and Effect > Amplify > OK.

Did any of it come up? If not, that’s the end of the story.


Thank you very much for your help, DVDdoug and Koz!