Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by kozikowski » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:54 pm

It's not my voice. It's yours.
You're not supposed to be together. You're a performance creative. You can use that. Put it on you're business card or CV.

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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by kozikowski » Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:52 am

I got a correction to work on chapter 1. I need to pause and collect how I did it.

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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by kozikowski » Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:21 am

I have an odd complaint. Starting from the download (perfectly lovely, by the way), tell me who you are.

Your posting scrolled from the active help forum window, so I have to go looking for you. There's no identifying information in the download page past what I can glean by actually playing the work and identifying the characters. Is "DB" the name of the show?

The elves juggle many multiple postings, complaints and suggestions and I for one can't remember individual posts. I juggle two browsers, so there's no return link to the forum.


Attached for Chapter 1.
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You got expressive and theatrical at 9:50 or so and the blue waves poked up and threw off the overall average volume. "Rob!! You called him Rob!!" That's OK. You didn't break anything.

Audio Compressor
-- Select the whole clip or show by clicking just above MUTE.
-- Effect > Normalize: [X]Remove DC, [X]Normalize to -3.5 > OK
-- Effect > Compressor: Thresh -20, Floor -40, Ratio 2:1, Attack 0.2, Release 1.0, > OK
-- Effect > Normalize: [X]Remove DC, [X]Normalize to -3.5 > OK


The compressor removed the expressive peaks, pushed up the overall volume enough to pass RMS (Loudness). The settings are gentle and graceful, so I expect any damage to be minimal if you can even find any.

Attached: Before and After blue waves. After is slightly louder and has more "beef" to it. That's not a bad explanation for RMS. Electrical RMS is a measurement of energy, horsepower or density of a wave. It tracks very well to overall show loudness which is why it's used.

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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by kozikowski » Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:21 am

I think I stepped in it. Your hero is Clarissa, not Claire. That's not your show.

I got the show to pass ACX nicely whoever the performer is.

...
...

Meet Laura.
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic ... 46&t=94036

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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by DianeFarr » Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:24 am

I figured you weren't addressing me. LOL

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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by kozikowski » Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:03 am

It was going so well, too.

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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by DianeFarr » Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:34 am

PROGRESS!!! I haven't received an email yet, but the project view at ACX now reads "headed to retail..."
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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by kozikowski » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:18 am

That's a good sign. This is where they pick off the pauses, room tones, extra file management, etc. and prep it for distribution. We wish they were doing this with the WAV or other uncompressed file type, but no. They're using MP3 and this is why they urge you strongly to make 192 quality or greater MP3 for submission. If you have a mono show (highly recommended) that quality is significant overkill and they can do their distribution management with no problems.

Congrats.

So shortly you'll be retiring to a little white stucco cottage on Majorca, right?
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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by DianeFarr » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:21 am

I'll keep you posted! HA!

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Re: Need help interpreting mastering feedback from ACX

Post by robing34 » Fri May 26, 2017 11:03 pm

I just want to thank Koz and Diane for going through this process. I'm thinking my sample is in slightly better shape (I hope, I hope). Which means I will get my own book done in a way that is acceptable to our friends at ACX. It is crazy-making to learn all this from the ground up. But aside from Koz and Steve being the generous geniuses that you guys are, seeing other folks get their work up and running is insanely encouraging to me. Thanks

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