You imply that I have screwed the pooch on the last 10 years of me using Audacity to record streaming radio and then producing mp3 files.kozikowski wrote: ↑Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:18 pmI don't think we hit this one yet. There is an indication of generally recommended recording volume. Your voice should produce a bouncing sound meter that occasionally starts to turn yellow (About -6dB or -10dB or so). The blue wave tips on the timeline should occasionally reach up to about half-way (50%) or maybe a little less. You're not a freak if your up and down blue waves don't match. Mine don't and I can pick out some professional presenters because of their mismatch.
For the first several years, I always had the blue (waveforms??) maxing out, although not necessarily clipping.
In the last year or two, I have chilled out and when I "amp things up" during editing, I usually go for maybe 3/4 - 7/8 but leave a little breathing room.
That combined with "less-than-factory" hearing could mean I screwed up tens of thousands of hours of recordings...
Why should the (waveforms???) only be half-way??
And where can I read up on dB and all?
(I thought I had a working knowledge of decibels, but I am quickly finding as I talk and read about it related to sound engineering I have no clue!! For example, I struggle to understand how you can have a negative dB?!)
Is this like some voice acting thing where the average newbie voiceover person doesn't have the projection skills needed to get good recordings?