none of the aup copies will open
Let’s do that one first. That’s pretty serious.
This is an Audacity Project.
They come as a set, you can’t separate them and it’s a bad idea to move them once Audacity places them somewhere. Did you “clean up” or decide to “organize” your work?
OK, this is your clip.
Your microphone produces a lot of rumble and I sheared most of it off with a special, custom tool. You know when a thunderstorm goes through and the windows start moving/rattling before you can actually hear the boom? Your microphone is making that kind of sound. No, you can’t hear most of it.
Then I ran a custom tool that forces the RMS (Loudness) to be correct. That usually throws peak off, so I ran Effect > Limiter to bring the peaks back into compliance. SetRMS is such a welcome relief. We never used to have tools that directly affected RMS (loudness), so we had to use work-arounds and odd tools.
That suite of corrections will pass all by itself, but the noise is right on the edge, so I ran Effect > Noise Reduction to produce a plesant-sounding clip that easily passes ACX.
But before you get all excited, I can’t easily hear all the details in the sound. I’m working from the field and it’s noisy here. But from what I’ve been able to see, it should be good to go.
There are three custom downloads associated with this. You already have ACX-Check. You will need SetRMS and LF-Rolloff for Speech.
I am basically following this posting.
Everything is custom, so the instructions go forever. You in particular will be applying LF-Rolloff and Noise Reduction out of order from those instructions. You get rid of the thunder first so Noise Reduction has less work to do.
I need to drop out.