Hello Rachel,rmd2001 wrote: ↑December 8th, 2019, 7:49 pmI think I fixed a long-standing problem I've had with my microphone, which may have been causing these issues. But before I go back and actually fix all five recordings, I'd like to make sure I'm on the right track. Could you let me know whether this fits within all the parameters:prosengine wrote: ↑December 8th, 2019, 4:03 pmHi Rachel,rmd2001 wrote: ↑December 8th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Thank you for your feedback. I can easily add the silence to these recordings. However, I'm not sure what to do about the volume of the recordings and background noises, as I'm very new to Audacity. I do not use a checker either, but if you recommend it, I can start doing so. I have the microphone volume set to 89.0, but sometimes I speak very softly. Do you have any advice regarding how to fix the volume issue?
I'd recommend getting your hands on the Replay Gain Plug-In for Audacity, it's a nifty function that makes your recordings up to the necessary volume of 89.0 dB and it's fairly easy to get. This forum even has a separate post specifically dedicated to it.
Here's the link: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity
Video on how to install it by our very own philchenevert
As for background noise, select a section of your recording where there's only background noise, and use the "Noise Reduction" options in the "Effects" Tab. Then select your whole recording and again repeat the process by going to Effects>Noise Reduction and that should help with cleaning it up background noise.
Helpful links for tutorials & videos I've used:
I have just looked at your file, section 34 & the checker shows your volume to 93.1 with background noise at 41.4
I also have seen the suggestions from Phil & the noise level posted on this thread from Sonia.
I am suggesting you follow their advice here.