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Post by njgorgen » August 26th, 2018, 6:10 pm

Hi! I am a newbie and just want to know if my 1minute test was OK. I found it in the forum after I posted it but haven't found anything since. Forum name is njgorgen. Anxious to get started. Thanks for your help!

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Post by smijen » August 26th, 2018, 6:54 pm

njgorgen wrote:
August 26th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Hi! I am a newbie and just want to know if my 1minute test was OK. I found it in the forum after I posted it but haven't found anything since. Forum name is njgorgen. Anxious to get started. Thanks for your help!
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Post by Nichalia » February 27th, 2019, 2:19 am

5Tommy00 wrote:
April 30th, 2018, 4:55 pm
I cannot get my recording volume up to specifications. I have increased it on Audacity, increased the gain on my interface to the point of clipping, did a live chat with Focusrite (the maker of my interface) who said to contact the maker of my software, searched FAQs on Audacity's website, increased the recording level on my PC (HP laptop with Windows 10), read "Recording for Newbies", and swore (that doesn't usually help, but sometimes it makes you feel better, especially if accompanied with the slamming of a door) and still cannot get the recording volume required. I can't get Checker to test it because it comes in too low. Can you say 'frustration'? Anyone got any ideas?

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test.mp3
Did you get it fixed? All good now?

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Post by gibhere2 » April 14th, 2019, 3:58 pm

Nichalia wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:19 am
5Tommy00 wrote:
April 30th, 2018, 4:55 pm
I cannot get my recording volume up to specifications. I have increased it on Audacity, increased the gain on my interface to the point of clipping, did a live chat with Focusrite (the maker of my interface) who said to contact the maker of my software, searched FAQs on Audacity's website, increased the recording level on my PC (HP laptop with Windows 10), read "Recording for Newbies", and swore (that doesn't usually help, but sometimes it makes you feel better, especially if accompanied with the slamming of a door) and still cannot get the recording volume required. I can't get Checker to test it because it comes in too low. Can you say 'frustration'? Anyone got any ideas?

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test.mp3
I know this is an old post but looks like there are no real answers. I was having that trouble too. If you are using audacity to record, use the leveler effect first. That will boost the sound up several dBs. Then you can increase a little using the "amplify" effect without clipping if you are still coming up a little short.
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Post by Nichalia » April 15th, 2019, 7:52 am

gibhere2 wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Nichalia wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 2:19 am
5Tommy00 wrote:
April 30th, 2018, 4:55 pm
I cannot get my recording volume up to specifications. I have increased it on Audacity, increased the gain on my interface to the point of clipping, did a live chat with Focusrite (the maker of my interface) who said to contact the maker of my software, searched FAQs on Audacity's website, increased the recording level on my PC (HP laptop with Windows 10), read "Recording for Newbies", and swore (that doesn't usually help, but sometimes it makes you feel better, especially if accompanied with the slamming of a door) and still cannot get the recording volume required. I can't get Checker to test it because it comes in too low. Can you say 'frustration'? Anyone got any ideas?

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test.mp3
I know this is an old post but looks like there are no real answers. I was having that trouble too. If you are using audacity to record, use the leveler effect first. That will boost the sound up several dBs. Then you can increase a little using the "amplify" effect without clipping if you are still coming up a little short.
That's a nice suggestion! :)

I also use a Focusrite (Scarlett 2i2), and often use Audacity to record. I'm sure we can help you get it all set up! What kind of mic are you using?

Try these steps:

1) Make sure that you have the interface (Scarlett, or whatever you use) selected in the drop-down at the top for the mic and output (as long as your mic and headphones connect to it!) You'll also want to choose "mono" (your sample is recorded in stereo). So from left to right: Core Audio, <name of your interface>, Mono, <name of your interface>.

2) Hit record, and start talking. Look for the levels on the screen, to watch your loudness. Keep talking and change the gain on your interface until you see the levels on Audacity bouncing around 12. A little more or less is perfectly fine. Like you said, clipping (the meter going to zero, which turns red) is bad -- if you are clipping, turn the gain down a bit. You can always increase loudness a little bit, but there's no real way to fix clipped audio.

3) Once you're at an ok level, don't touch your gain anymore. Record your test, plus the 5 seconds of silence at the end.

4) Export it as MP3, just go ahead and do it. Don't close Audacity, though, because we're not done. Run that MP3 through the Checker. Click on "Information" to see the details... Look at the Volume. Whatever the number is there, you can compare it to 89 to find out how much you need to change your volume. Changing volume in Audacity is called "Amplify." For example, if you see it says your Volume is 90, then we'd need to Amplify it by -1 (turn it down 1). If it says 85, then we need to Amplify it by 4. You do this by highlighting the whole track that you want to amplify, then Effects -> Amplify and type into the box how much you want to amplify.

Example: Your test one is actually at 70.4 dB "volume" in the tracker. Since the goal is 89 db, that means we would need to increase it by 18.6 db (89-70.4=18.6).

There are other things you can do to help your audio, too, but please do let us know if you try again, and how it goes!

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Post by TriciaG » April 18th, 2019, 4:08 pm

There are some posts that are all quotes. I cannot tell if someone is having a problem or not (or even who wrote what). Please don't use the quote button on a post unless you're actually quoting another post, and write YOUR response after the last /quote coding tag. (I usually just use the Post Reply button on the very top and bottom of a thread, unless I specifically want to quote someone.)

With that said, is everyone set, or are there unresolved problems?
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