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Post by JayS » February 4th, 2018, 10:14 am

Hi Monika,
I agree with a good deal of what you said and want to clarify a couple of my comments. In regard to ReplayGain, I did eventually find a download that works on my Mac, but I have little use for it. I can hit the target levels easily enough with my export of mp3 from Audacity. I find that if the file uses compression then normalizing to -3 or -4 will hit within the target and if compression is not used, -2 might be about right. That is general, of course, and usually depends on the file content.
In regard to Audacity, I have become much more familiar with it on my Mac, but still have several DAWs that surpass it in flexibility. It is a great program for no money and the manual is actually better than some that are quite expensive. It is a fine go-to app for LV.
In regard to people who want to get better, yes there are some that don't care. Still, my offer of help comes with advice about using mics, not just buying them; using EQ, not buying better plugins; simple sound treatment that can be done with little money; reducing noise in the recording environment rather than relying on the noise reduction effect in Audacity.
Sometimes (in fact, rather often) the best mic for a voice is not the most expensive one. I have heard decent recordings using Garage Band and the built-in mic on an iPad. To do that, the iPad must be positioned just so, still, the sound was okay.
But for people who do want to improve and are passionate about reading, I can sometimes, listen to a files and make useful suggestions. For example: recording in a live room so the sound is echoey and distant. In many cases, re-positioning the mic correctly would improve the recording a lot and that is a fix that costs no money. I am always happy to help those who are willing to help themselves and often costs nothing. For example, if someone sent me a file and asked me to improve it, and if I could actually improve it, I would be most happy to share the procedure with the person.
In regard to Linux, although I like it and have tried Ubuntu, I find that I don't really need to use a different OS. If I am patient (as in the case of ReplayGain) I can usually get something to work on the Mac. Of course, I could use the dual boot option on Mac with Windows as well, but I work faster and more efficiently not going in too many directions.
I thank you for your time in emailing me.
Jay Salam
Sound is my passion 8-)

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Post by moniaqua » February 4th, 2018, 3:15 pm

Hi Jay,

I guess we're heading pretty much in the same direction :)
JayS wrote:
February 4th, 2018, 10:14 am
In regard to Audacity, I have become much more familiar with it on my Mac, but still have several DAWs that surpass it in flexibility. It is a great program for no money and the manual is actually better than some that are quite expensive. It is a fine go-to app for LV.
I bet that you prefer a DAW :) I myself use Ardour since it works now and I am learning to use it. The advantage of Audacity in my opinion is that there are really many help files and it is wide spread, and for the recording here it is way sufficient. I still use ReplayGain though, because I have to convert to mp3 anyway (Ardour doesn't do that) and I am too lazy to get my Java to work (this still can be some hassle in Linux).

By no means I did make you to use it, or use a different operating system, if you don't want to, just in case we were misunderstanding each other :)

I am also really happy that you offer advice for those who want to take it. And I like your idea to help people help themselves.

Maybe we look a bit reluctant to you; don't worry about that if this is the case. It is not you, it is just that we had people here who are a bit - inflexible, I'd say, in their thinking about quality of a recording and how it has to be. A burnt kid dreads the fire and I am burnt on that topic, so I am very careful, maybe a bit too much :oops:
JayS wrote:
February 4th, 2018, 10:14 am
I thank you for your time in emailing me.
You mean the post here in the thread? :) Thank you for your detailed answer :)

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