Hello! I am new to the forums, been playing around with Audacity for a couple of years, but am really pretty ignorant when it comes to the plugins and Effects.
I am using Audacity 2.0.6 on Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 and Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1.
I have started a gamer podcast, which is already up on iTunes, but I’m really wanting to improve upon the quality as I go. I’ve been recording it off of Skype chats using a program as a backup, then each person records themselves using the default Windows Sound Recorder. Thing is, the last few episodes there’s always been an issue with people’s recordings; one person didn’t have their mic plugged all the way in, one time there was so much static it was unbearable, another person had a horrible echo. So I’ve been using the backup recording off of the Skype chat.
The Skype chat sound has a great studio quality to it, in comparison to what I can produce with the Sound Recorder recordings. I’m not sure what filters and such they’ve got on there, but I like it! I want to make my Sound Recorder recordings sound like the Skype chat recordings sound, which has a rich, studio sound to it.
I’m not really sure what else I can add here. I’m using noise removal, then normalizing, then compression, and I’m not even sure I’m doing that right. Sometimes I wind up with mechanical sounding garbage that after hours of messing around with it would result in me once more defaulting to the backup recording of the Skype chat. We all have different mics, and I’ll need to do “the treatment” on each separate track. Each co-host uploads their tracks and I download them. Tonight we recorded an episode, and I won’t be able to use the backup, because after a really long story made short I failed to hit the record button until we were halfway through. Fortunately I have everyone’s separate tracks, but there are some pretty major issues with each. One track is really quiet, one has massive static and garbage. The other two are pretty ok.
Hopefully I can get some guidance. I realize this isn’t a specific issue, but I’ve spent a number of hours looking for tutorials specific to this kind of stuff and haven’t found it.