Hi. I did a Skype interview yesterday and I made a terrible mistake - I was in an unfamiliar room and I didn’t adequately account for it. Because of the dynamics of the room, my laptop’s speakers picked me up way too loudly, and the software I was using didn’t allow for controlling the recording level. As a result, I am way too loud, and there is a lot of distortion. The interviewee’s voice is ok, but mine sounds terrible, as you’d expect when recorded too loudly.
I’ve tried a number of the usual Audacity tools and they’ve helped marginally, but not really well enough for me to use the audio. My solution at the moment is to redo all my vocals. I can do it. But I am wondering if there are some things in Audacity that I should know. I’d rate my Audacity proficiency, on a 1 - 10 scale, about a 3, which is actually good enough to create decent sounding podcasts, but clearly not anywhere enough to solve this problem. YouTube videos aren’t helping.
I would also be interested in any thoughts people have about alternative ways to record Skype (or other telephonic or VOiP calls) for Audacity. I have a digital audio recorder and there are some possibilities with that; I am also interesting in more sophisticated software for recording Skype, that at the very least would allow me to control the recording levels.
Thoughts and advice are very welcome, and very appreciated.