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Post by northstar95 » January 7th, 2018, 3:24 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_northstar95.mp3

This is made with a Logitech mic, Audacity 2.1.3 and Windows 10.
I'm thinking this is going to be not nearly loud enough, however I had the mic level cranked way up to the top so I don't know what else I can do. I didn't use "amplify" because I figured that would increase noise/hiss.

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Post by MagicMan » January 7th, 2018, 3:31 pm

Welcome! You need to export in mono. Everything else is fine except for what you already knew. You are 16dbs to soft. The range is between a 87 and 92dbs. You are at 72.9. Your high noise floor is most likely due to you having the input up as high as it will go. Do you know how to use the replay gain tool? Here is a video that will walk you through the process. Once you apply this process, please upload another sample to this thread and make sure it is in mono.
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Post by northstar95 » January 7th, 2018, 3:34 pm

Not familiar with replay gain -- I'll take any advice I can get..also not sure about the exporting in mono, what I need to do differently?

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Post by MagicMan » January 7th, 2018, 3:36 pm

You can check out this thread for a few videos that work with your version. If you still have questions, just ask. viewtopic.php?f=23&t=68710

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Post by TriciaG » January 7th, 2018, 4:05 pm

To record in mono, go to Edit / Preferences /

umm, I'm going by memory. My laptop with Audacity crapped out today.

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There will be an option to change Channels to "1 - Mono"
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Post by MagicMan » January 7th, 2018, 4:40 pm

northstar95 wrote:
January 7th, 2018, 3:24 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_northstar95.mp3 This is made with a Logitech mic
If you are using something like the Logitech 980240 desktop mic, you need to place it on a box and get it to where it is about 2 inches from your mouth. This will increase your input level greatly. When you record, you need to have your input meters showing between a -12 and -18dbs. Look to the left-hand side of your meters that has the little mic icon and just click inside the meter. Then just start speaking in a normal voice and adjust your input till you hit that range. This will also help reduce your background noise as well.

At this time, there is no way you can reach the 87db to 92db range without clipping your audio. You can only add 12dbs of gain before you start to clip. You will be 4dbs short.

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Post by MagicMan » January 9th, 2018, 1:27 am

northstar95 wrote:
January 8th, 2018, 8:09 pm
Here's another stab at it:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_northstar95.mp3
You nailed it!! Your test can be marked OK. You may want to try moving your mic up or down, left or right from the position you have it now. You p pops are a tad heavy. Other than that, it sounded great. You can go find something to read if you like.

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Post by northstar95 » January 9th, 2018, 5:43 pm

:D Thank you for the helpful tips

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