I think I've messed it up again - please help!

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I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by Deeplyconfused » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:01 pm

Hello Folks!

I'm currently trying to create an audio version of a novel wot I wrote, but I appear to have screwed up the last six hours of recording.

Basically, I am trying to put it down as raw track, to be edited later, once the whole shebang is recorded.

However, I seem to have done something wrong...

I just tried to playback what I recorded today, and it has an obscenely offensive (and unlistenable,) echo effect throughout.

I don't know what I did wrong. What I would like to know is - is there any way to remove this effect - or do I have to read the whole thing again?

Any advice deeply appreciated! :D

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by kozikowski » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:27 am

I appear to have screwed up the last six hours of recording.
But the first six are OK?
is there any way to remove this effect - or do I have to read the whole thing again?
Neither one.

Did you read somewhere to do this, or are you doing what seems a good way?

You should read a short segment of the work and make sure you can reach audiobook technical conformance before you read for hours and hours. It's easy to burn permanent errors into a long reading and have wasted tons of work.

You also have a Good Practices violation. When you get to the end of a segment or chapter, roll it back to several different places, play it briefly and see if it came out OK. You should never have gotten past the first chapter or segment with that error.

Echoes or bathroom sound are usually permanent. There is no filter for that.

If the performance is mono (one blue wave), drag-select about 20-seconds of the bad performance, File > Export > Export Selected > WAV and post it on the forum. Scroll down from a forum text window > Attachments > Add Files.

Is this your first audiobook?

Koz

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by Deeplyconfused » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:03 pm

Cheese Dude.

I think I've worked out what I did wrong - total newbie FUBAR!

I actually saved and edited after every single paragraph - but I must have actually saved an edit that I didn't intend to at the last minute!

I tried to see what effect click removal/reduction would have, but I couldn't hear any difference in the brief sample, so I cancelled it.
I suspect that I actually clicked on 'echo' by mistake - and it hadn't taken effect during the preview. It does seem a bit strange - I thought that by clicking on cancel, the effect would not have been applied...

Still, I have now learned to save multiple backups of the raw recording in various locations so, although fairly expensive in time, it was a lesson that I will not forget!

Stay Frosty!

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by kozikowski » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:56 pm

save multiple backups of the raw recording in various locations
The Party Line is Export raw recordings as perfect quality WAV (Microsoft) 16-bit and be able to point to two different physical places that contain your work. Audacity Projects are not recommended for this.

USB thumb drives, external hard drives and cloud storage all count. As you predicted, three or more backups is lovely, but nobody will keep that up and many of us will just lose track and start dropping copies by accident.

If you're forced to use a backup, the first step is make a copy using a different computer, if possible to maintain two perfect copies.

Most of my stuff is recorded live and then posted immediately to the client system or to the production offices system. I still have WAV copies for very old productions. "Say, Koz, do you still have that shoot we did last week?"

Yes, I do.

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by Deeplyconfused » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:33 pm

Many thanks for the advice!

I shall do that - not the posting right away - that sounds scary. (To be honest, just setting out on this project is pretty daunting.
It took me 8 months to write my story - a Doctor Who fanfic - and I'm pretty sure that it will take me a LOT longer to record! :lol: )

:D :D :D

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by kozikowski » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:41 pm

not the posting right away - that sounds scary.
Maybe not so much. This is the panel that explains how to record and post a forum sound clip.

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/Test ... _Clip.html

We may identify sound problems before you go through house and hours of stumbling in the darkness.

It's not unusual for us to make simple corrections and produce an ACX corrected sound clip straight away. And then post the method.

It's also possible to have unusual sound damage for which we have pre-baked solutions, also saving you hours and hours.

Koz

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by Deeplyconfused » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:55 pm

That sounds very helpful!

Just to verify - should I pop it in a new Windows specific post, or would it
be okay here?

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by kozikowski » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:00 pm

Here is good. We are still helping you produce an audiobook.

The problem comes when somebody starts a completely different idea in one thread and nobody later will ever find it because it's buried. It is a forum, with users helping each other and everybody has to be able to find everything.

Another thing that doesn't work, or very rarely, is somebody having the exact same problem as you. It's never the exact same problem and we have to juggle two or more different responses to two different people in one message thread.

So this is good. The instruction panel isn't fooling. You can't post tons of work on the forum. It's 2MB tops and that works out to be about 20 seconds of mono voice in WAV format. WAV is good because it doesn't contribute distortion of its own unlike MP3.

Koz

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by Deeplyconfused » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:25 am

Cheese Dude,

That is very reassuring (and sensible,)

I'll post something shortly. (I'm in the UK, so even though we speak the same language -
sort of - I'm on a oifferent clock! :lol:

Ridgt now - I have to hit the sack!

Don't let the bedbugs bite! 8-)

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Re: I think I've messed it up again - please help!

Post by Deeplyconfused » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:27 pm

Righty ho! I think I got this saved correctly!

Hopefully it will be enough to work with, Thanks!
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