Could anyone please look at the picture and tell me what might be wrong? I haven’t made any adjustments, but the lower half of the wave form is longer than the top half. Unfortunately my mic fell about 3 feet to the floor. It seems to sound normal, but I don’t know if it has anything to do with the way this wave form looks. I’m relatively new to Audacity, but I have not made any edits to this sound bite.
The mic is a Rode NT1-A. I called their support line and they said that because it landed on a rug that was on top of concrete, and it was also in a shock mount, that it should not be damaged. As I said, I have not done any editing to the recording and I was aware of the loudness of the recording.
I was only concerned about the shape of the wave, as I have never noticed it being that way before. I was wondering, would I be able to send you a recording of my voice for your option of how it sounds. We have spoke in the past (2017). I am trying to start in voice over, but had a family medical situation that kind of grounded everything to a halt, so I am trying to get it started again. I just can’t afford to pay professionals to help me.
I have created a vocal booth from a wood cabinet lined with shipping blankets and foam. It deals with the reflection of sound but is not soundproof. I just don’t know if it’s good enough for voice over. Any help you can offer would be very much appreciated.
The positive side seems to be clipping slightly below 0dB (100%). (Audacity won’t show that as clipping.) The waveform seems to be more symmetrical at lower levels.
That’s probably your interface rather than the microphone. I’ve seen clipping below 0dB with computer mic-inputs or regular “cheap” consumer soundcards. You don’t have a DC offset, which would show-up during as an offset during silence. (DC offset also comes from the soundcard/interface).
Since it sounds OK I wouldn’t worry too much about it, but you should leave yourself some extra headroom to avoid clipping.
A high-pass filter at around 20Hz or higher should even-out the waveform,. Or you can try Normalizing with the Remove DC Offset option but you don’t really have a DC offset, so check to make sure that cause a DC offset and shift silence off the zero-line. (I’ve forgotten how DC offset removal works, and I don’t know if that can happen.)
Would love your feedback on the quality of my vocal recording. This is an untouched sample (no editing).
I would like to try and get into a career of Voice Over. My wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s this past July. She was the major bread winner in the household, but has lost most of her income. I need to find a way to make money and be able to stay home with her. I have picked up everything I need, but need help with this software to make great recordings. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. If I do good, I promise to donate to Audacity ASAP.
The click on “hello” is in the 6kHz -10kHz range.
So if your speakers / headphones / ears don’t operate well in that region you’ll have difficulty hearing it.
It sticks out like a sore-thumb on the spectrogram …
Yeah, sorry, I wasn’t actually trying to keep everything quiet (wasn’t thinking). I was just looking for opinions on my voice and whether I had the sound reflection in control. Trevor, my god you must have sensitive ears! Honestly, I don’t hear any of that, that worries me. I’m not sure what clicking is. Is that a sound description or a technical term? I plan on using a solid chair that won’t make any sounds and will make sure everything is quite for my next recording that I will send to you this weekend.
I’m having to start out on the cheap. I am hoping that if all goes well, I will get better equipment and eventually build a soundproof booth in my man cave. I’ll attach a couple of pictures of what I’m working with now. I will also study up this weekend to learn some of this technology that you guys talk about. If you get to technical I’ll be lost lol.