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choppy voice recording

Post by Denis G » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:07 pm

Please listen. Why am I getting drops, fluctuations, just plain drop out choppy voice recording? Using MaC Book Pro. 10.13.3 with usb plug in Audiotec mic. Have tried everything suggested in Audacity manual to no avail. HELP!
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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by Trebor » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:45 am

Denis G wrote: Audacity #7.wav (1.42 MiB)
No silent-gaps where bits of words are missing, so it's a buffer problem.
I don't speak Mac, but this may be what you're looking for ...
manual.audacityteam wrote:On Mac using Mavericks or later, it may be necessary to reduce audio to buffer, possibly to zero ...
Open Recording Preferences and adjust the "Buffer Length" setting. Reduce the setting to 0 milliseconds.
If recording breaks up or does not start, increase "Buffer Length" in increments of 10 milliseconds until recording is smooth.
http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_ ... _on_Mac.3F

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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by Denis G » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:01 pm

Thanks, however where do I find the "Buffer"?

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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by Denis G » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:14 pm

Oooops, found it under Devicesand am now experimenting. Thanks

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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by Denis G » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:50 pm

Went in devices and found "Buffer" It was at 100 took it down to zero and started working back up. Still the same choppy recording. Further sugesstions? Also was I supposed to do anything with the play back buffer? Thanks
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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by billw58 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:41 am

Have you tried any of the other suggestions in the FAQ?
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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by kozikowski » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:30 am

Can you make it worse? Troubleshooting responds really well to any change, either direction.

Make it so Audacity is the only thing running. Disconnect the network, shut down the WiFi (fan symbol upper right).

Pull up the Dock with all your applications in it. Mine comes up from the bottom.
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How many icons do you have with the little glowing dot on the bottom like my FireFox? Open up all those applications and tools and really close them all.

Relaunch Audacity. Still have troubles, or I should say, still have the same troubles? When was the last time you did a clean Apple > Shut Down and then later Start?

There is a way to change APP priorities and I'm fuzzy on that one.

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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by kozikowski » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:33 am

I think you can still get a MBP with a Spinning Metal Drive. Did you? SSDs are very highly recommended for serious sound (or video) production. Do you hear your machine ticking faintly as you go?

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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by Denis G » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:06 pm

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Thanks for the input. Tried it all to no avail. I am pretty sure it is something I am doing wrong in the system preferences so will ask if anyone using a MBP can walk me through their preference settings. Thanks again.

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Re: choppy voice recording

Post by kozikowski » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:56 pm

Tried it all to no avail.
"It All" meaning shut down all the apps, disconnecting the network, etc?

I don't have High Sierra, so we need to wait for someone who does. We're still missing that one step where you can force priorities. I've never needed it, so it's not to hand.

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