I’m new to Audacity. I’m using OS X 10.8.2, Audacity 2.0.4, I used the .dmg installer
I am trying to use Audacity to make sure my audio book narration files meet the specs required by ACX (Audible.com). I submitted a sample mp3 file created on Garage Band to Audible and they said :" ACX requires all final audio submissions to measure between -23 and -18 dB RMS with peaks at -3 dB. For reference, your sample measures around -26 dB RMS with the highest peak at around -1 dB. Your overall level needs to increase while your peaks need to decrease. As a simple solution, I would recommend applying a brickwall limiter. You can set the output ceiling control to -3dB, ensuring that all audio that passes will not go above that level. Next you will adjust your threshold. The threshold setting is dependent upon the audio you are processing as well as the plug-in that is being used so I can’t give you a specific setting. As a ballpark guess, I would say start by setting the threshold to around -9 or -10 dB"
In a followup e mail they suggested I use Audacity but that I needed to install a limiter and they recommended the 4Front W1 Limiter. A search identified this file was located at http://www.yohng.com/software/w1limit.html and was called “George Yohng’s W1 Limiter.component” I downloaded and attempted to install this file using the instructions in the attached Read Me Text. They have several alternative installation methods and I tried them all. Nothing worked. The plug-in did not show up on Audacity.Am I correct that if this plug-in is installed properly it should appear in the EFFECTS column?
What am I doing wrong or is there a better method or plug-in to help me master my Garage Band created mp3 files so they meet AXC’s specs?
Thanks for any help and please understand I’m new to this.