Distorted Recording

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Distorted Recording

Post by wgray » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:15 am

The music I recorded sounded fine during the recording. But, when I played back the recording, the sound was distorted. It sounded sort of like it was being played in a barrel. Any idea what could be causing this?

I'm using Audacity 2.2.1 with Windows 7.

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Re: Distorted Recording

Post by kozikowski » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:52 am

Yes. Recording into a wine glass?

Chances are terrific you're using Windows automatic processing instead of sending your work straight through for recording.

http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_ ... hancements

Are you singing? Windows processing hates music.

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Re: Distorted Recording

Post by wgray » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:08 pm

I've tried following the link provided by Koz, but many of the settings suggested seem unavailable (at least I can't find them) and ones I can find don't help. Nothing I do gets rid of the "tunnel" or "barrel" sound upon playback of recorded music. The music sounds fine on the computer speakers while it is being recorded. But, it sounds like it is being played in a tunnel upon playback. Can Koz, or anyone, provide more specific ideas on what to try?

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Re: Distorted Recording

Post by kozikowski » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:57 pm

Can Koz, or anyone, provide more specific ideas on what to try?
It's going to be "anyone." I'm not good with dissecting the mysteries of Windows recording.
Nothing I do gets rid of the "tunnel" or "barrel" sound upon playback of recorded music
Chances are good the sound actually got recorded like that. It's most unusual for the playback system to affect sound quality, although that's happened, too.

I got a Win7 machine that would not pass sound quality testing no matter what I did. Turns out the Systems People forgot to turn off "Cathedral Effects" before they gave me the machine. Big difference.

Depending on where you plugged the headphones, you could be listening "upstream" from the sound processing—so it would appear clean.

You do have odd duck symptoms.

Where is the music coming from? We never established that.

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Re: Distorted Recording

Post by wgray » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:43 am

Music is from one of the DirecTV music channels with a direct connection between the satellite receiver and the computer. The original sound is fine but the recorded version sounds like it's being played in a tunnel. The link provided by Koz has a section entitled "Why do my recordings fade out or sound as if they were made in a tunnel?" But, I have been unable to accomplish the fixes described in this section.

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Re: Distorted Recording

Post by kozikowski » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:51 am

I'm out.

You have a mystery problem on a Windows machine. One of the Windows elves may need to drop in.

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Re: Distorted Recording

Post by wgray » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:20 pm

Well, I'm embarrassed to say PROBLEM SOLVED. Turns out my LOGITECH camera/microphone was turned on. Logitech was picking up and recording the music from my speakers rather than the music being directly input to the computer from my satellite receiver. Once I corrected that, the recorded music sounded fine.

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