Odd sound?

Hey, so I am testing out my recordings. I have reduced Windows Interference, set my mic on a soft surface (the best I can under my conditions), and have turned the gain all the way up and set my mic to cartaroid.

Now I still have background noise after amplifying my sound, because of my computer. I tried my best to quiet up my computer and to use noise removal to rid off any odd problems.

However, after noise removal, I think it damages the sound a bit. The sound doesn’t sound right, but I cannot put my finger on it.

Here is the sound, in wav format: https://www.mediafire.com/?dc0cb1v3s9kq8iy

Yes, that’s a problem inherent to this type of effect.

The knack is to select a good section of “noise only” to create the profile. Ideally the selection should be at least 5 seconds. Then it’s a matter of juggling the settings to try to achieve the best balance between reducing the noise and not causing too much damage to the remaining sound.

There are some tips about reducing noise, here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/noise_removal.html
and here: http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Noise_Removal

Some good news is that there is currently work being done to improve the effectiveness of this effect, which will hopefully be in the next Audacity release.