I’ve been using Audacity for awhile, and I have a few questions for the guri.
I am editing lectures that were given 20 some odd years ago. Some were recorded professionally, some with a shoebox recorder; they all are now on cassette, which of course gets played into my computer, etc… Generally, I can use Noise Reduction to eliminate the ambient noise in the tapes that were professionally recorded. I can even get the cruddy ones sounding OK, but I want to know if there are any plugins that y’all know of that I might use to make the files sound even better.
I have to say, the one impediment I get with Audacity is the included EQ. Well, that and the 5 second preview. On my machine (Vista, AMD Turion 64x2, Aud. 1.3.5), the EQ will only let me preview one time with new settings. If I adjust the settings again, the preview will only give me the adjustments of the first “change”. So I have to click Cancel, then open up the EQ again ad nauseam. I can really tweak the voice with a good EQ, but this one is annoying. Maybe it is just a 1.3.5 glitch!?
I am using Mag’s Notch Filter to weed out feedback and other anomalies. Often, I use the EQ with everything below 140± turned all the way down prior to running Noise Reduction to avoid too much of the speech being taken out. I have found that the Noise Reduction plugin included with Audacity is better than Peak’s Sound Soap for my particular application. Do I correctly understand that it is a combination Noise Gate and Filter? In other words, not only will it cut audio below the sample I give it’s volume, but it will also filter some of those frequencies out of the retained audio as well?
After losing my MAC and having to go with a PC for Mastering, I was using Nero Wave Editor (6), but this won’t run with Vista, so I switched to Audacity, which I soon learned is much more powerful, though the GUI is not necessarily as friendly.The EQ was much more to my liking. I tried, without success, to import the Nero plugins. I would like to know if there are similar plugins available, in the nonexistent budget range.
I am also on the lookout for some good literature on the subject of Digital Audio. I have been mastering for 4 years, and I have a good knowledge of computers, digital audio and mastering, but there are still some holes. I would like to study up on the subject, particularly in relevance to editing spoken word and other types of old recordings. I appreciate any help on the subject.