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Post by csinclair » March 16th, 2020, 11:08 am

Using Audacity 3.2.2 on Windows 10 with a CMTECK USB microphone.

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

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Post by TriciaG » March 18th, 2020, 8:16 am

Welcome!

It sounds good, but it's waaay too quiet. :) Visually, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
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Make sure the microphone slider in the Audacity window is all the way up. Also, have you increased your input volume in Windows yet?

You have a fair amount of background noise for the volume. How far away are you from your microphone? The CMTECKs I see online are conference mics, which will pick up sound from every direction. You may need to move it closer to your mouth, and maybe use some pillows or folded towels to dampen the noise getting to the mic. As a last resort you can use Noise Reduction, but let's see if we can get the volume up and the noise a little lower first before exploring that option.
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Post by csinclair » March 24th, 2020, 7:41 am


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Post by TriciaG » March 24th, 2020, 7:52 am

Good! Better! :)

It's OK the way it is and passes all tests. :thumbs:

However, I would suggest some noise reduction to take care of some of the background white noise. Here are a couple resources:
text instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
video, but with an older version of Audacity so the settings are different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-16 (I suggest about 12 for you)
Sensitivity: [default]
Frequency Smoothing: [default]

I'm going to mark this off as OK, but if you want to try noise reduction and want a second set of ears afterward, you can still post in this thread. :)
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Post by csinclair » March 24th, 2020, 10:08 am

Great, thanks.

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