The noise on the clip sounds like a factory to me.
Right. I isolated your two-second room tone and boosted the volume—intentionally making it worse. Then I selected the clip, copied it and then pasted multiple times. It should be there long enough to get used to the character of the sound and start associating it with machines or conditions in the room. People occasionally post a one or two second test clip and expect us to do extensive analysis. Not so far.
As I said earlier, you are darn close to workable as it stands. The only serious shortcoming I can see is the boxy room sound—and that’s not even that bad. That’s your voice echoing from the walls (that kitchen/bathroom sound) and we can do nothing with echoes in post production.
The Yeti has multiple different ways to receive sound. You should use simple cardioid (heart-shaped) and you should be speaking into the screen just above the Blue logo. The yeti is a side-fire microphone.
This is a side-fire microphone. Your lips should be where my thumb is.
That will change slightly depending on your pop filter.
I had been using the Silence button to get rid of breaths
I’m not a fan of that. It leaves little dead silent holes in your presentation. I’m not aware of anybody being rejected for breathing, but they totally will bounce somebody for “Overprocessing.”
OK, just to bring this all around.
Record another test similar to the first. Export a WAV (Microsoft) and put it in a safe place. That’s your backup and it’s good to get in the habit. Nothing like having your machine throw up during an edit—and it flushes the only copy of your reading.
Run Mastering Suite, Noise Reduction, and then the DeEsser. Those DeEsser values are factory. I have no idea what some of those settings do.
Run ACX Check. I expect it to pass and I expect it to sound reasonable.
OK, no I don’t actually expect that, but I have no idea what’s going to go wrong.
Oh, can you do a newspaper white noise test? White noise is similar to rain in the trees on a warm spring day. SHSHSHSHSHSHSH. Doesn’t work for me. Cactus’s don’t make noise.
Stand or sit about a foot or foot-and-a-half back from the microphone and instead of speaking, crumble a newspaper. I’m talking a regular daily: New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times. Not the heavy paper grocery specials and not the neighborhood Free Paper although that can be used in a pinch.
There is a microphone quality test you can do with a perfectly sound-proofed room and calibrated instrument-grade microphones, etc. etc. etc. Or you can get really close by crushing newsprint. Take your time. Four seconds? Five? I’m going to analyze what it does to all the tones in the crush.
I have one of those tests here somewhere.