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  • Angela Serrano #830202147
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    Hi Roberto!

    We'd be happy to listen to it. Can you share a Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive or other cloud service's link? Make sure you set the sharing preferences to everyone so we can listen to it and give you our feedback!

    Thanks :)

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  • Roberto Bruckstein #1176156264
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    Here is the link to Dropbox: 

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ufo8k57jn3qi9o2/Voice%20Bunny%20Roberto%20Bruckstein%20test.wav?dl=0

    Thank you for any feedback.

     

    Roberto

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  • Angela Serrano #830202147
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    Hi Roberto!

    Thanks for sharing. So let me mention what I listen on your recording:

    1. I agree with our QC agent that there are a lot of mouth noises throughout the entire recording. It's important to edit them out properly and to make sure you are recording to avoid them as much as possible. We have an article on how you can reduce mouth noises! You can read it here: https://goo.gl/ZEb7CA

    2. The recording sounds very very filtered. It's clear you're using a noise reduction plug-in of some sort that is damaging the integrity of the recording in an important degree. This is way more noticeable during the moments where you breathe as the sound of the breath is present, but the plugin tries to filter it out as noise.

    3. There is a lot of ambience and room echo. This is, to some extent, controlled with the extreme noise reduction filtering, but it is still present and noticeable. This shows that the noise reduction filtering you're using is not serving its purpose of de-noising accurately.

    4. The edits are very harsh. The fades and cuts are too strong and unnatural. Due to the noise and echo present in the recording, the edits of the recording sound way stronger than they should be. The blank spaces sound completely noiseless whereas the rest of the recording has the problems I mentioned above. Fades and edits should be added to make sure the transitions between sections are smooth and clean.

    Can you let me know how you're recording and/or editing? Like what microphone, DAW and plugins you're using?

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  • Sebastian Torres #4601531158
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    Hi Roberto!

    I agree with Angela in that noise reduction software is negatively affecting the quality of your audio. It shouldn't be needed if you're recording with professional equipment. 

    For mouth clicks, you can also try recording a bit further away or at an angle so the mic picks less of those noises. 

     

    Hope that helps,

    -Seb

     

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  • Roberto Bruckstein #1176156264
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    Angela, Seb,

     
    Thank you very much for this detailed feedback, I really appreciate it. I needed it.
     
    I will make a new recording with minimal filtering.
     
    I use Audacity on a Mac with the Apogee USB mic and the Pyle PSMRS08 Compact Microphone Isolation Shield, Studio Mic Sound Dampening Foam Reflector. I use a large structure with heavy blankets behind me to dampen the noise. The room itself is carpeted and has heavy curtains and a large bed with a thick bedspread. I am surprised there is noise and echo. Eventually I will get a booth.
     
    I allow 3 seconds before recording my voice to use as baseline to get the noise profile for noise reduction, which is set at 24db with sensitivity at 6. I then normalize to minus 3db. I believe for this recording I did some equalization to boost bass and treble. I may have removed it after reading the instructions again. I also removed noise blips.
     
    I didn’t do any fades and cuts so I am not sure what caused that impression.
     
    Please listen to the demos on my website www.robertovo.com and let me know what you think of some of those. They were done with different equipment.
     
    I have printed Tip #6 and will follow the advice.
     
    Thanks See for the additional mouth clicks reduction ideas.
     
    Thank you again for your help. Let me know if you need any other information to help diagnose the situation.
     
    Ciao.
     
     
    Roberto
     
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  • Roberto Bruckstein #1176156264
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    Hi Angela,

     
    I would like to ask you if you could respond to my latest comment and also tell me what am I allowed to do with the recording once done. Is it ok to do noise reduction? what about normalizing? Anything else?
     
    Thank you.
     
    Roberto
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  • Angela Serrano #830202147
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    Hi Roberto

    I'm sorry for the delay. I wasn't available during the weekend and had to attend some things yesterday.

    Please share the specific recordings you'd like us to review. As you have many on your website, I wouldn't be able what you'd like to me take a listen to.

    We recommend you stay away from noise reduction plugins as much as possible. When they're not used properly, they can and will damage your recording. This is especially the case with inbuilt plugins like the one Audacity has which are very basic and do not allow you to really personalize the levels and amount of noise reduction. Keep in mind that Audacity is a very basic software and so are its processes. 

    Also, now that you mention it, most of the problems can be coming from your microphone. USB mics are not recommended for professional voice over applications given that the quality of their components tends to be of a significant less quality than having separate hardware. This creates noise and other problems that you may not encounter with having a mid-high quality microphone and interface. You can learn more about microphones and what happens with USB mics in our webinar recap on Microphones here: https://goo.gl/igCO8X 

    If you didn't make any edits to the recording, the issues could've come from the noise reduction plugin. It's so harsh it's just removing all the noise from the blank spaces. 

    Hope this helped!

     

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