USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:49 pm

I can't find them right this second, but I posted two different April First stories. the first one was to the video forum where I introduced New! and Improved! software that would take whatever sound you shot and turn it into whatever you wanted. One wag on the forum claimed he could leave the microphone in the car when he traveled to an interview and still get a good show out of it.

The second was much more fun. I introduced (at the next April First) Weapons Grade Noise Reduction Software. I took the recorders out on a wide, busy street (in real life) for a voice recording. I took all of the the trucks and motorcycles out of the performance in post production without harming my voice using the special software. That was clever editing. I did no such thing.

As far as I know, there's still no good way to produce a theatrical voice performance from a noisy shoot. You can produce a cellphone call and wine-glass Skype Voice. They've been able to do that for a long time now, but nobody's going to pay you for a cell phone call.

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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:18 pm

I found an illustration for the head-mounted microphone.

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That's an actual TED talk. They had growing pains, but they finally got the sound sorted. I used a similar microphone in my podcast engineering test. Plain living room with no special considerations and no noise problems.

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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:06 am

Apparently, I pulled the April Fool stories down.

This is one of the sound files from that series. We determine that's a Harley Motorcycle.

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Tell me you couldn't use software which does that.

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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by BonnieO » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:06 pm

ok Koz.
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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by BonnieO » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:07 pm

Yes please. I'll take that software.
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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by BonnieO » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:09 pm

And what kind of mic is that?
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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by BonnieO » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:13 am

As close to silent as it gets!
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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:05 am

In reality, that was me standing at a very busy intersection. Most of the thumping is unintentional. That was a breeze I hadn't counted on in my "extensive" planning. That's why you never, ever blow into a microphone. It drives them nuts, and if they go too nuts, they can stop working. Forever.

There's a reason the dialog is overly simple. I recreated the dialog with the exact same portable recorder in my dead-quiet, soundproofed third bedroom. Then I mounted both sound tracks in Audacity, matched the dialog and faded between them. Poof. No more Harley.

I did three of them. One at a construction site and one in a busy coffee shop.

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I don't know which microphone that particular one is, but mine is a AKG C555L.

https://www.akg.com/Microphones/Headset ... C555L.html

In my case, the microphone is directional and I turn it so it aims to my lips. If I want to wear the headset on the other side, I have to turn the microphone. It comes with a foam ball like his. More importantly, it's a full-on entertainment microphone. It's designed to be plugged into a sound mixer or a theatrical radio link, so there's nothing simple or cheap about it.

This is the engineering test Denise and I shot. I'm wearing the AKG. Many mistakes. It's heavily cut to take out all the Ummms and Ahhhs and all the "Can You Hear Me OK," and false starts.

Denise is three times zones away over a Skype link. So yes, you can do well with Skype if you're paying attention.

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/De ... lyCut3.mp3

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Is that sound check in the conditions you will be using for your performances? There have been people who perform between refrigerator cycles. If you unplug the fridge, set an alarm/timer somewhere. There are performers who do that, too.

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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by BonnieO » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:31 am

Since the plug is behind the refrigerator, yes I waited for the cycle to end.
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Re: USB connected mic to Audacity for MAC

Permanent link to this post Posted by BonnieO » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:32 am

I'm pretty much out of pocket for the weekend, Koz.

Please don't go to too much more trouble.

You've already helped immensely by helping me identify things.
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