Low RMS levels

of course it sounds like I am in a wine glassl.

Not of course. I was able to create a poor, but almost acceptable voice recording using the built-in microphone on my Air.

This is after the correction suite and a gentle noise reduction.

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Denise’s voice in our Skype interview test was recorded from her MacBook Pro built-in microphone on her sun porch in New Jersey. Remember this is an engineering test.

What can give you that distortion is the noise reduction setting in Mac preferences.

Apple (upper left) > System Preferences > Sound > Input.
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You can also create problems if you’re not wearing good quality, sealed headphones, or have any of your own voice loose in the room with you.

So, no. This honky, talking in a tube sound is not normal at all.

You’re not following the Mastering Suite version 4 are you? Using those simple tools and very modest, single-pass noise reduction, I’ve been turning out all those corrected performances—including mine—with about 30 seconds of work.

This is the whole basic process.

Effect > Equalization > Select Curve: Low rolloff for speech, Length of Filter: about 5000 > OK.
Effect > RMS Normalize: Target RMS Level -20dB > OK.
Effect > Limiter: Soft Limit, 0, 0, -3.5dB, 10, No > OK.

In both our cases, I needed noise reduction, so there’s that piled at the end.

Post an uncorrected WAV when you get that far

Koz