Room Noise Floor -59.6DB Argh! [SOLVED]

Keep in the back of your mind you’re replacing a studio and recording engineer. Those jobs didn’t go away. You’re just figuring out a way around them.

Home recording can give you certain contradictions. It’s a terrible idea to keep a noisy computer in the room with you. It’s a terrible idea to record without seeing the screen and recording meters.


One of the recommendations is to remote or extend the keyboard and screen. That does work. The ACX Demonstration method is use a MacBook Pro or other machine that makes little or no noise in normal operation.

The Windows people then leap up and accuse us of “wasting” all that money on a Mac.

Since you can’t see the screen and you’re not wearing headphones, the crunchier bits of your performance might be overloading the computer by speaking too loud. When you stop the recording at the end of the performance, make sure you have View > Show Clipping selected. That will produce little red lines in the blue waves of all the places you have permanent sound damage from overload. Control-F to show you the “Full” show.

If you have very serious tonal or quality changes between different normally recorded passages, you may have some of those Windows automatic tools still in service. Did we ever send you into Windows to search for those? Windows normally thinks you’re trying to perform a business conference, not record an AudioBook.


Note there is a seeming contradiction in overload. Audacity has an internal format that makes it very difficult to overload by high volume. One of the newer AudioBook process suites intentionally causes a touch of overload with the assurance that it’s easily corrected and not permanent.

As long as you stay inside Audacity. The microphone before Audacity and the CD, MP3 or WAV after Audacity overload and cause high volume damage normally. And it’s permanent.


OK, the clips that I pasted in sound like they fit in perfectly well once I’ve applied the mastering processing - so panic over with that one. :sunglasses:

So, the distorted bits. They are not so distorted that you can’t hear what I’m saying, but they just sound harsh and not very nice. There are other bits which sound just as loud but don’t have that harsh quality to them. It appears to happen when I talk with a higher pitch.

So it happens more on vowel-led words like “about” or “and” when said in my semi-London accent, whereas with something which is just as ‘loud’, but is a consonantal word like “but” or “want”, it doesn’t happen.

Nothing is showing up in “view clipping” or “find clipping” when I try them.

I’m wondering if I can listen through and pick out the bits that sound harsh and just re-record them, trying to reign my Londony voice in a bit.

Thank you Kox - accepted-

Congratulations :smiley:

Beth Burgess is an Addiction Therapist and Recovery Coach, as well as a recovering addict.

And published audiobook presenter.


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