This is a last resort “Hail Mary” attempt at seeing if there is a way to salvage the latest recording I did for my new podcast… before I slump my shoulders and give up in despair =(
I conducted an interview over Skype using Pamela, only to find that 2 hours of material have been corrupted with this strange buzzing noise throughout the whole track!
I have tried noise reduction to no avail, and can not find a way to clean this sound out. It’s quite hard to explain, but you’ll know exactly what I mean when you listen to a sample.
Ensure that you have plenty of free disk space (more that 10% of the hard drive size).
Reboot the computer before you start.
Avoid running other applications at the same time as recording. Particularly avoid running other audio applications and games while recording. If you are running Pamela then Pamela and Skype should be the only applications accessing audio.
Avoid running background applications (if you’ve not already done so, check what applications start up automatically - it will probably be frightening how much stuff is running in the background).
Ensure that Windows, anti-virus, other security products, other software is fully updated (and rebooted) before you start recording.
Ensure that your sound card drivers are fully updated with drivers supplied by the manufacturer (don’t rely on Windows installing the best drivers).
Temporarily turn off scheduled tasks (such as Windows update and computer maintenance tasks. Turn them back on again when you’ve finished).
Disable system sounds.
Disable power saving.
Disable “Sleep” and “Hibernation”.
Make a test recording before you start recording for real, and check that it has recorded correctly.