Need settings to hear myself while recording in 3.4.1

Hi CTDude, Ive just read back on my last few days posting and there was at least 7 times I told you the problem was with the monitoring at the interface and to push the buttons and see what happened…as copied below…

Yes the Rode has Zero latency monitoring via the headset all done within the interface…but the USB output of the interface is going to the PC as Audio USB device…

The headset lets you hear whether recording or not

If you dont hear your output/input on the headset plugged in to the intefface then the interface need setup…

OK, but what is it you cannot hear… Is it the headset at the interface you cannot hear…

Playback/Monitor Level Knob Gain knob for adjusting
headphone / speaker volume. Press knob to turn Direct
Monitoring on/off.
Direct Monitor LED Indicates when Direct Monitoring
is on/off

Did you read my earlier post… some of that is the notes from the A1-1 User Guide. Did you try the options of the Interface buttone and the LEDs on the interface. If interface is switched to monitor and you are not hearing it in interface speakers…that is a problem with the Interface or its options.

Interface…headphone do you hear anything… is monitoring on, If you press the button does it switch to monitor, does the LED light up, can you hear in headphones when monitor LED on.

The problem has been solved. Aren’t you happy?

Koz

Yes, Very Happy… Happy Easter… See me Smile …

Hello. Thank you for your input. Sorry if I misunderstood what you meant by “buttons”. All that I saw were knobs not buttons. Regardless your help was appreciated. Thank you again.

It’s a knob, but it also has button action. That’s not clear in the AI-1 labeling.

Which microphone did you get and are you happy with the performance?

Can you post some of the work? You can either follow the forum voice test formula here…

https://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/TestClip/Record_A_Clip.html

…or make up your own script. This one should be a copy of the submitted work and it can be either MP3 or WAV.

Thanks,

Koz

This is the package I got: Rode Complete Studio Kit w/AI-1 Audio Interface, NT1 Microphone, SM6 Shock Mount (Complete Studio Kit with NT1 & AI-1 | RØDE). I’m not sure if this will work but here’s a sample piece I did for a local radio station

Ah, yes. The only microphone maker I know of with a side-fire microphone where you don’t announce into the company name.

Are you using the pop and blast filter that came with the system?

How did you get all those people into your studio?

Koz

Hi Koz…actually I got an inexpensive pop filter that I’m trying out. I have the filter that came with the mic but I really don’t like it. As for getting all those people in my studio…it wasn’t easy but we managed to get it done! I like the mic and the setup I have. I’ve attached a photo of my desktop setup without the pop filter.

Your forum sample has award-winning “P” Popping.

I was going to ask you how you were listening to the work. I don’t hear it on my laptop speakers (and you may not hear it on a phone), but it’s super obvious on my headphones and my powerful music sound system.

“Submitted for your aPProval.”

“Producing another PPolitical ad.” The P damage on this word is so serious that “olitical” is reduced volume.

I like the close and intimate sound of the voice, but I bet you’re closer than a shaka to the microphone, right?

You can do intimate and you can do close but you can’t do it straight in front. Slide the microphone off to one side for Oblique Positioning (B).


I found a lot of the damage can be removed in post with Effect > Filter Curve EQ > Presets and Settings > Factory Presets > Low rolloff for speech.

That’s basically the blast and wind filter that broadcasters use in the field. It’s also built into Audacity Audiobook Mastering.

But that won’t solve the odd volume damage like in “PPolical ad.” I think you may be driving the mic preamp nuts. Or, if you’re using a compressor, those P Pops will drive it right off the rails.

Koz

Post back when you decide which course of action you’re going to take and how it worked.

Koz

Will do. Gotta play around and see which I prefer. I’m looking into doing audio books so I’ll need to settle fairly soon. Thanks!

We have some pre-baked tools for ACX Audiobook Readers.

Did you get the popping solved? Most P-Pops go straight in front of your face, so you can do some amazing things with pushing the microphone off-center.

Can you hear it? I would have bet with those headphones you should be able to to hear the punching , thumping sound pretty clearly.

If you do find a pop filter you like, tell us what it is. This isn’t a help desk. It’s a forum with users helping each other.

You sound very nice right out of the box. There was a recent forum poster whose natural voice sounds like a broken microphone. I had to go lie down for a while.

Koz

Hi Koz…I haven’t had the time to work on correcting any “P” popping sound as of yet. Currently I do the voice work as a hobby at the moment but intend to get further into it for the audio books. I’ll tackle that “P” popping issue soon and when I have results I’ll reach out and share with you. Also thank you for the compliment. I did voice over work for a local cable company back in the 80’s as well character voices and haven’t really been able to pursue that goal until lately when I retired from 41 years in advertising, marketing and graphic design. So this is somewhat a labor of love. Out of curiosity…where are you located? I’m in Bethel CT USA. Do you work as a moderator for Audacity?

Do you know what I’m talking about and can you hear it? There’s just nothing quite as entertaining as trying to fix a problem that only somebody three thousand miles away can hear.

I’m a Senior Forum Elf. I authored some of the audiobook tools and processes. I live in Los Angeles, Land of Fruits and Nuts.

If you’re ever having trouble sleeping, I’ll tell you in electronic detail how your microphone works.

I lived in both Maryland and Virginia, not that far from I95 in both cases.

I submitted for audiobooks a while ago and the nice ACX reviewer complimented me on the technically perfect quality of my submitted test sound file, but my tongue-ticks, lip smacks, glottal stops, and other mouth noises weren’t going to work for them. So close. So close.

During the pandemic, ACX stopped reviewing test sound files. They offered ACX Sound Lab Service on-line which, unattended, measures about the same things that our own ACX-Check plugin does. The first time a human hears the work is when ACX rejects your whole book.

That would suck. The forum started offering human quality control and reviews to make up the difference.

I’m trying to find out if ACX started doing human test reviews again.

Koz

The first layer is 3.4.1. Versions before 3.4.2 had problems and are not recommended. 3.4.2 appears to be stable and is the version I use.

Sweet-talking Audacity into sending your own voice back to you in real time is not recommended. You will always get a “one computer delay” in your headphone sound and it will not be useful.

It is recommended that you use a microphone system with a built-in, real time, wired headphone connection.

There was a time when systems didn’t have this, but it was determined right away that home users without a formal studio needed it.

Which microphone do you have and how are you getting your voice into Audacity?

Koz