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Post by mcrandall » January 14th, 2007, 2:08 pm

thomasina wrote:Hi Michelle,

I've emailed a short sample of chapter 32 so you can check out the sound quality. There's some background "hissing" which I'm not sure how to get rid of or if it's too much of a problem. I'm recording with Audacity and a pretty cheap non-USB mic and I thought I'd let you have a listen and give feedback before investing in a better mic. Anyway, the file's at:



ps - this really is just for technical feedback. I didn't have time to edit out the stumbles and I know the reading's a little fast in places.
Help, anyone? I don't think it sounds awful, but maybe there's a way to reduce the light background "fuzz". Any advice for Liz would be appreciated...

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Post by earthcalling » January 14th, 2007, 3:02 pm

That sounds like pretty extreme hiss to me, but then again I'm not sure that my first couple of recordings were any better.

It is a shame, though, to mask Liz's nice reading voice with the sound of hissy vipers having a hissy-fit.

Hopefully you'll get some good technical tips here. The only clue we have is the 'cheap', non-USB mic. I've read somewhere that the reason non-USB mics can cause a problem, is that they go through the PC's sound card, whereas USB ones connect straight to... your ears, presumably. Or the global interweb, or something like that. Something computery.

Does Liz have any way of trying out a different mic?

If it would help, I have a spare Logitech desktop USB mic and could post it to Liz in Cambridge for a try-out.

Anyway, let's see what wiser people say first.

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Post by kayray » January 14th, 2007, 3:12 pm

Oh my, that's a very loud hiss and a very soft reading... I fiddled with it a bit, but it's not likely that we can fix it, as the noise-to-signal ratio is so great. I'd say it's not acceptable as-is, alas. :(

I'll bet having a go with David's USB mic might fix the problem.
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Post by kri » January 14th, 2007, 3:15 pm

Yeah, that is one unfortunate thing about excessive background noise. There really isn't a whole lot you can do to get rid of it. Perhaps someone really experienced in audio engineering might make it more easily audible, but it will still sound weird.

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Post by mcrandall » January 14th, 2007, 11:30 pm

Wow, I am glad I posted here. I wonder why it didn't sound so bad when I listened to it.

I'll pass the word along in my thread...

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Post by fae » January 15th, 2007, 7:21 am

Actually I listened to it and I could hear her okay, I was using in ear head phones tho'...

It makes me wonder if she has the correct microphone selected in both her recording program and her computer's sound control panel. The bonk, bonk on the mic for mistakes was not as loud as I would expect.

Hmm tough one this...

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