Some people have to. Some digital adapters force you to record in Stereo and you have to take steps later to split your performance into Mono for processing and submission. You have one of the adapters that allows you to work directly in Mono and I have the other, Behringer UM2. There may be others.you shouldn't record in stereo
ACX recommends work in Mono but they won't come after you with a stick if you work in Stereo. They do say once you pick one you should stay there for a project.
I leave the setting default. It's one of the headaches Stereo people have. If you link them, Left and Right corrections are applied to both tracks. This keeps stereo imaging correct (violins on the left). The other setting treats Left and Right as independent tracks. This can be handy if your digital adapter puts you on the Left and nothing on the Right. The blank track will seriously throw off linked loudness settings.RMS Normalize screen
Right. You should solve as many problems at the microphone as you can. We assume you're a business and the mantra is supply a minimum acceptable product for the least cost and labor. Correcting a presentation word by word gets really tired over a book-length show and generates many possible problems.it seriously takes FOREVER
I say that, too. Some corrections generate other problems which then need corrections.....etc. I was very pleased to get you to submission quality without Noise Reduction. Tools such as that can generate Essing and that means you need a DeEsser......etc.I know they say you should avoid plugins and things like De-essers and noise gates
Harsh, gritting Essing drives me nuts and I didn't hear any of that from your samples. You have one of the equipment suites recommended by ACX and in general works very well with few corrections.
As a personal exercise, I wanted to find out what I could get away with for a reading. I nearly made it with my iPod.
So no, a very quiet room and reasonable microphone work just fine. I did use a free download recorder rather than VoiceMemo. VoiceMemo has voice environment processing.
That's not to say you got away clean. The metaphor for a book reading is not presenting before a joint session of the Prince Albert Academy. It's telling someone an interesting/juicy story over cups of hot tea. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but there are natural places for three contractions in your sample and you carefully avoided all of them.
"It is difficult," > "It's difficult." The presentation decision is a little rough if you're directly quoting published works and the works are written in stilted university-speak. This is where you pay attention to your audience with glances to the person writing the checks.