Thanks again. Being pretty new to this audio narrating thing, I’m still paranoid that my files won’t pass the ACX robots, which is why I still check every file I upload.
I’m using the legacy process, for the most part. I’m recording in my home office (spare bedroom). I’ve hung moving blankets on 2 of the walls, over the window and hang another over the door when I’m recording. The floor is carpeted and ceiling height is 9 feet.
I turn off the overhead fan and don’t record when neighbors are cutting grass, kids are playing right outside the window, the trash trucks are in the neighborhood, etc.
When I first started using the 2i2, I recorded in stereo then split off and deleted the dead track since I believed it gave me a larger waveform. Even with the gain on the 2i2 cranked up to where I was picking up a lot of background noise, the waveform still looked too small to me. I really didn’t see a lot of difference between the mono waveform and the stereo one.
Since then, I’ve moved my mic, adjusted my distance to the mic, turned down the gain on the 2i2 and just record directly in mono. When editing, I zoom in and change the track scale to zoom x 2 if needed, although I find that since moving things around, the waveform looks fine to me now with peaks aproaching 0.5 even before running any processing on it.
I’d be glad to “capture a transmission sound test” if you tell me how.
Regarding editing, unfortunately, I didn’t search the forum very well before I began recording so I kind of cobbled together some of the settings from here and my personal experience getting tracks to pass the ACX check.
I first sample my current room tone, then run noise reduction set at 4,6,3. I then sample an “outstanding” breath in the wave and run noise reduction again at the same settings. After editing, I then run a chain that contains the Equalization, RMS normalize, Soft Limit and ACX Check commands. If the ACX Check fails due to length of selection, I run it against overlapping sections and if the data from all the sections falls within 0.5 Db I feel pretty confident the entire track will pass.
I’ve been extremely lucky and so far have only had ACX reject a track due to length of room tone at beginning or end of track. I’m now finishing my 5th book and don’t want to change horses in mid-stream by moving to Mastering 4 until it’s finished.
Once complete, I’m planning to “start from scratch” and dial in all my settings based on your Mastering 4 process guide. Hopefully that will make the technical side of things even easier and I can focus on my technique and delivery. As a male on the far side of “mature”, I’m still having trouble doing female voices when required - go figure!
Thanks again to all for your help.
As I was posting this I just saw your info about the sound test. I’ll try to get that done a little later today.