Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by bh2win » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:21 pm

Welp, I did it. All thanks to you.

I got a clip to finally pass ACX-Check on my own.

Here is the recording, proof and levels after RMS Noise, Limiter and Noise Reduction 9, 6, 6.

Though, at max volume I still hear moving air at about -54 dB.
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Sound proofing still to come!

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by kozikowski » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:08 pm

And it would get even better with Effect > Equalizer in front of the whole thing. It's a tool collection. Shouldn't leave any out.

Equalization
RMS Normalize
Limiter

viewtopic.php?f=64&t=96103

Then add Noise Reduction.

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by bh2win » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:10 pm

Sorry, yes I did follow the Equalization step, just didn't put it in my last post.

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by bh2win » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:33 pm

Now...I had a few questions about Audacity with the use of a mixer.

Do I need to mess with the Mic Recording Volume within Audacity or should I keep it at 1.00? The mixer can adjust the Gain, Level and Main Mix as well so I was wondering if moving my RV down I would prevent the mic from hitting the proper noise floor of -60dB?

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Now that I have my settings regarding Level, Main Mix and Gain, should I ever mess with them or leave them be?
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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by kozikowski » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:39 pm

We only know about what you tell us.

61.5dB is not a lot of elbow room. You fall off at 60 and 1.5dB is really tiny. That's probably why you can still hear some noise if you listen carefully.

But yes, that's the idea.

And you'll get another noise assist when you get rid of the room echoes. Your computer noises are bouncing off the walls and coming back more than once.

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by kozikowski » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:45 pm

Mic Recording Volume within Audacity
With a USB source, you usually can't move it. It goes all the way up and that's that.
should I ever mess with them or leave them be?
As long as you don't change anything major, there's no reason to move the settings. I predict you're going to need a little boost when you get your soundproofing. Echoes sound loud. Get rid of that bathroom sound and only the slightly quieter main voice is left.

Where did the three knobs end up?

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by bh2win » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:50 pm

Gain 3 o'clock
Level 1 10 o'clock
Main Mix a hair over 9 o'clock.

Image provided, but for some reason it's sideways.

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by kozikowski » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:39 am

for some reason it's sideways.
I see them fine.

Post another picture where we can see all the knobs. Make sure the shot is bright enough to make out the settings. If that your phone? Does it have an auto flash?

The mixer is doing something a little unusual. Level and Master settings are lower than I expected. They work at those settings, but I wonder if I'm missing something. Remember where they are now.

Reduce the Gain (up left) to noon. See where the other two need to be boosted to give you about the same voice volume. As way up the thread, neither of us has used this mixer before, so we're all feeling our way. Each manufacturer has little tricks that make their mixer Much Better than everybody else's. Behringer stuff has a good reputation, so we just have to figure out what's going on.

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by bh2win » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:22 am

kozikowski wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:39 am
for some reason it's sideways.
I see them fine.

Post another picture where we can see all the knobs. Make sure the shot is bright enough to make out the settings. If that your phone? Does it have an auto flash?

The mixer is doing something a little unusual. Level and Master settings are lower than I expected. They work at those settings, but I wonder if I'm missing something. Remember where they are now.

Reduce the Gain (up left) to noon. See where the other two need to be boosted to give you about the same voice volume. As way up the thread, neither of us has used this mixer before, so we're all feeling our way. Each manufacturer has little tricks that make their mixer Much Better than everybody else's. Behringer stuff has a good reputation, so we just have to figure out what's going on.

Koz
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I did some auditions on ACX and I was beat out by someone for one book who apparently had a better mic. Lesson learned, having ACX-Check(ed) audio does not mean I am on the level with others out there.

With that said, I was wondering if I lower the gain to -60dB for a decent noise floor and play with my Main Mix or Level and use an isolation shield would I get better audio quality?

Here are some options

https://www.amazon.com/CAD-Audio-AS32-A ... c52123afa9

https://www.amazon.com/sE-Electronics-R ... 69ff1b7470

https://www.amazon.com/Primacoustic-Vox ... bfdb72d43b


Either way, I have to treat my room somehow with a sound proofing method and from what I've seen the panels are pretty expensive, but I could also DIY an isolation box as well.

Thoughts?

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Re: Eliminating Frying Mosquitos - hardware suggestion

Post by bh2win » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:07 am

kozikowski wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:43 am
People have built cardboard box tunnels and put the microphone inside. Don't forget the bottom.



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If you do that, don't put the back of your head toward a flat wall. Face straight away from a corner or off square a little. Doing that forces echoes to take a longer way around and be quieter.

Those are cardboard egg separators. I've done that. The foam or plastic separators don't work. There's nothing magic about that. Wadded up towels works. Heavy is good. Light packing material looks great but is actually terrible at this.

Koz
I re-read this post you made back on the 28th.

I have this type of foam. You're saying these won't work?
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