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njgorgen
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Joined: August 15th, 2018, 12:07 pm

Post by njgorgen » September 1st, 2018, 3:09 pm

I am getting frustrated. I did my 1-minute test, even read 1 very short chapter and it was posted but evidently my volume is still too low. I have recorded short pieces several times (my input volume is as high as it will go), high-lighted, tried to amplify, moved the mic around but it seems the only way I can get it within the right range is if I virtually scream. The more things I try, it seems the worse it gets. i don't know what else to try. Maybe I should go back to the 1-minute test? Appreciate any help! njgorgen :(

tovarisch
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Post by tovarisch » September 1st, 2018, 5:54 pm

One of the possible causes of it is that your microphone's driver (properties) has "Automatic Gain Control" turned on. If you can find something in your sound properties, that looks like "AGC" or "Autolevel" or some such, try turning it off.

Generally speaking, the need to amplify each time is not such a bad thing. If your volume (which you can measure using 'Checker', see this wiki page) is just a few decibel below the required range, then the quality has not suffered too much, and you simply select the entire track and use Effect -> Amplify... to get to 89. A reasonable alternative is to use ReplayGain plugin (see this wiki page).
tovarisch
  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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