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Post by bendavis2 » August 10th, 2017, 1:49 pm

Hi, I'm Ben Davis in Oregon. I'm a new reader, and this is my first recording.

I'm using:
a Windows 10 laptop, running version 1703.
Audacity 2.1.3
HyperX Cloud headset and mic (condenser, back electret) via 3.5mm jack

I welcome any input.

(I do know there are some audible taps at 0:46 and 0:48 from accidental mic adjustment.)

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Post by bendavis2 » August 10th, 2017, 2:10 pm

In true Noob fashion, I just realized that I didn't use the actual test script in the "Make a 1 minute test" instructions. My apologies that this is a little longer than 1 minute.

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Post by kathrinee » August 11th, 2017, 8:43 am

Thank you for your test! Well done on sorting out all the technical settings :clap:

My only comment is that the volume is a little at the soft side. We aim for 89 dB and generally accept anything between 87 and 91dB. This recording is around 86 dB. In future recordings you might be able to increase the input volume a little bit (in Audacity there is a slider button next to a microphone -- if you move it towards the right it should increase the input volume). You can also amplify in Audacity after recording: Select the whole recording. Click Effect > Amplify and amplify as much as it lets you without clicking the box where it says Allow clipping. (I checked, it let me amplify 1.44dB or something like that.) Click OK. (If you needed to amplify more, you'd have to compress first. It "squashes" the lowest/highest blue squigglelines in the Audacity window so we can amplify more without the top and bottom of the blue squiggles hitting the roof/floor of the window.)

Please amplify a little, save again, upload, and post again here. You're doing well!

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Post by bendavis2 » October 2nd, 2017, 1:07 pm

Realizing that my mic used for my original test was lousy, I went out and got a new mic. This is a new recording to test my upgraded setup:

It's raw audio, so I know it's a tad high at 89.9 decibels. I've also got some minor mouth noise, and background noise, which I'm guessing Audacity should be able to easily clean. (though I haven't delved into that yet. I'm just making sure I can record and upload at this point :-)

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Audacity 2.1.3
Blue Yeti USB Mic
Recorded with isolation shield and pop filter

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Post by TriciaG » October 2nd, 2017, 4:52 pm

Sounds great! Don't worry about the 89.9 dB. It's almost the perfect volume; the extra 0.9 isn't enough to worry about.

The rest of it - minor mouth noise is no big deal for us, so only worry about it if you want perfection for yourself.

The little background noise you have could be lessened even more with noise removal. I used settings of 10/6/6 and was happy with it, but feel free to experiment yourself.
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