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Post by LeonMire » April 28th, 2007, 9:25 pm

Has anyone found the solution to the problem of having noisy roommates to deal with while recording? In my dorm, I can hear practically everything my roommates say, and it makes it difficult for me to find time to record. It's not really their fault either; my roommate has got the TV up right now at a modest volume in the living room, but it's still very noticeable in my recordings, even at the lowest mic input setting on Audacity. I can't just tell them to stop speaking to each other and watching TV.. is it possible to edit that stuff out, or am I going to have to do midnight recordings from now on?
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Post by kayray » April 28th, 2007, 9:42 pm

It's a tough situation. It might be possible to build yourself a little isolation booth, by hanging thick blankets from the ceiling all around your recording area. But you might smother in the summer...
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Post by Gesine » April 29th, 2007, 12:13 am

I don't think you can edit it out very well. Recording when everyone else is out or asleep might be a good option...
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Post by Cori » April 29th, 2007, 1:14 am

If you get the chance to try different mics, that might help a bit ... my mic, though picking up birdnoise from three counties away, comfortably ignored fairly loud music from the house next door (through the recording room wall.)

Simply sitting in a different direction might help too ... facing the source of the noise instead of it being behind you. And have a look at this suggestion, if your mic accomodates it:
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Post by Peter Why » April 29th, 2007, 10:58 am

It may be a bit retrograde, but, if you have a soundcard, use an electrec or dynamic microphone that plugs into it. I do my recording on my older computer, which has a Soundblaster card, with a Yoga condenser mike. I have to have my mouth within a couple of inches of the mike (to one side, pointing diagonally at me, to avoid plosives), but the short range can be an advantage.

I did buy a USB mike to go with my newer computer, but it is so sensitive that I would have to build a soudproof bucket for it, just to avoid picking up computer noise.

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