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Automate pre-processing of sound (noise reduction, compressor, limiter)

I use Audacity to pre-process sound before mixing the takes. I have found good settings for the relevant effects (noise reduction at 24 dB, compressor at 6:1, soft limiter at -10 dB) and the rest is ...
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Does microphone recording volume has anything to do with background noise?

I am using a condenser mic with a Mac Book Pro. There are some noise outside the room. Which one is better recording volume? 50% or 100% to get less noise after final production? I will apply ...
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Difference between gain and normalization whole track in Audacity

In Audacity there is a gain slider on left side of a track. To increase volume i can use either gain or Normalize the whole track to a certain level. Is there any technical difference in terms of ...
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Whats the difference between high pass filter and cutting in EQ (filter curve) in Audacity?

For example i want to set a High pass filer with 100Hz with roll off by 6db. If in my Filter curve i start to roll off by 6db from 100Hz to below. Is there any technical difference between these two ...
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Automatic noise reduction with results like Audacity

I like Audacity because of its noise reduction. With a recording done in studio, a noise profile, and reduction at 16 dB (with sensitivity 6.00 and 3 frequency smoothing bands), I get a perfect result ...
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Scripting crashes Audacity

I want to script Audacity for routine tasks (compression, limiting, loudness normalization). I followed these instructions and used this pipe-test script. The result is OK: $ python3 pipe_test.py ...
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Remove alternating low sound and combine alternating high waves, there is no overlap, easy audio file [duplicate]

There is low waves after high waves in my audio. The two are alternating (high then low then high then low, etc.). I have no experience in audio software. I only use basic stuff in iMovie. I would ...
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Isolate hoots seen in spectrogram

I have an audio file of an owl hooting. The hoots are barely audible. If I look at the spectrogram in Audacity I can see them. They are the blips at 0.5k How can I isolate these? Edit: High pass 400, ...
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Any ideas on copying this voice effect?

Trying to copy the effects from this video: mainly the ones at: 0:30 - 0:40 2:12 - 2:42 5:31 - 5:47 I'm only really able to use Audacity and Adobe Audition so ...
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Isolating acoustic events in spectrogram in audacity [duplicate]

What is the best way to isolate individual acoustic events in the spectrogram view of an audio file in audacity? I have some recordings of conversations I need to analyze but the microphone was placed ...
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What are the audio settings that affect distortion on abrupt stop?

I tried to use in my Unity game a sound I found on the internet that I slightly changed through Audacity. But I ran into a problem: when I close my game and the sound abruptly stops, there's a ...
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The illusion of 3D sound in Audacity

I am looking for a way to make audio sound like it's above your head and then below your head in Audacity. Is there a way to accomplish this?
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Help with evil character voice effect

So i am creating this character for an animated series and i am in charge for its voice he is an evil character cunning and perverse i was thinking to make him sound like The Darkness 2 for reference ...
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How can I reduce noise on vocal track using Audacity

I extracted vocal-only from a song using AI online service and this is the result. Speechless Vocal Only As you can see, there is still noise in this track especially on the lyrics "Whenever they try"....
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Start recording with delay and stop early

I'm new to audacity (and recording) and mostly love it. But there is one problem I face when I record myself reading. I tend to make pauses quite often, so I interrupt the recording with space and ...
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How can you make a “playing in another room and it's raining” type sound?

How can you make a "playing in another room and it's raining" type sound given an mp3 and preferably with something like audacity or a free tool like that. Something like this:
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Creating single channel sound (left or right) with no audio bleed into the other channel

Noob to sound engineering and not sure if this is a hardware/software query. I am trying to create a audio stream that plays a sound out of just the left channel. Eventually I want to create audio ...
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How to replicate specific sound effect

so I would like to know how to replicate this specific sound effect that plays in this video. I would like to note that I am attempting to use Audacity to replicate said sound effect. The sound effect ...
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Audacity: Show track names in compact view

My Problem I am using audacity to merge multiple short audio files to a log one, with some overlaps. The tracks disaply their waveform, which is not important to me, but without their name (that ...
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Center waveform amplitude to 0?

I would like the top track of audio to vertically center around 0db like the track below it in audacity. For some reason it is skewered to to positive side. I don't know how this happened.
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How to get the original background noise in between each piece of the recording in Audacity?

I have about 100 separate pieces of speech, each selected as the best one and cut out from the recordings where I recorded each piece about 5 times to get 1 good. Now, the problem is that each piece ...
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Audacity and loop: Loop doesn't work properly upon exporting from Audacity

I've looped a gunfire sound on Audacity and it loops okay when playing in Audacity. However when I export to wav or mp3 and play it, it doesn't properly loop. This is also the case in the game engine ...
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Macro to automatically record event (Audacity or alternative)

I am currently using Audacity to record (gasp) church meetings, but this question could apply to any other event or concert that occurs on a recurring schedule. I love the timer record option under ...
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Can I change pronunciation in Audacity?

I made 4 different character voices for my animation, only by manipulating my casual voice in Audacity, with RoVee plgin / effect, by changing the formant and the pitch of my voice in 4 different ways....
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Which effects can I use to mask my voice in Audacity, yet keep it a plausible male voice?

I'm making a voice-over for my animation, and since my voice sounds horrible, I'm embarrassed to even think that it would be reverse-engineered and heard by thousands of people on YouTube. I'm using ...
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Is it possible to manipulate a character voice back to the original recording?

I have to create 3 original character voices, for my animation. Question: If I just record my casual voice, and manipulate it in three different ways with Audacity, would it be possible for someone ...
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Normalize audio above a sound level in audacity

I'm trying to figure out a way to manage background noise in audio without having to resort to noise reduction. I'm using audacity to post-process spoken audio. The levels are pretty low, with peaks ...
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Sound noise reduction

I'm currently working on an engine record and I try to remove an "air" sound with Audacity. I've tried high pass filter and then noise reduction, here the original sample and the edited sample. But I ...
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Can I output sound from a MiniNova into a combo audio jack, and record it with Audacity?

I have a Novation MiniNova and I want to try and record the sounds I play on it. Since it seems to be able to output sound into any aux input, is it possible to output it into a "combo" audio jack and ...
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How do you shift a selection in Audacity?

When you've selected a slice of track in Audacity, how do you shift the selection window without shifting the content? I'm trying to preview the playback of specific slices of audio in exact lengths, ...
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Why does my voice over sound like it's been reduced in quality when I Compress it?

I'm recording audio for a video essay with Audacity and a Blue Yeti microphone. The microphone is held by a stand and it's got a pop filter. I've watched a few YouTube tutorials like this one on ...
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Logically ANDing two tracks together

I have two audio tracks, X and Y, which are similar, but both have things added to them. I want to take X and Y, and produce a new track Z with only the lower value of every frequency of each track ...
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Windows tool to extract the tonal centre of an audio track

Essentially I want to accurately measure the key that a piece of a cappella music is performed in, to analyze the portions of the piece that are responsible for the tonal centre dropping. The ideal ...
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How to Procedurally Change Selection in Audacity Chain (Macro) | Normalize Long Track in Chunks

Is there a way to procedurally change the audio selection within an Audacity Chain? Background: I work on the raw footage for very long GDC-style talks, where my primary goal is just to increase the ...
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Adobe Audition / Audacity: If I sum all the bins of a FFT (rectangular window), do I always get RMS Amplitude?

First I use Audacity to perform an FFT of an audio clip with a rectangular window. Then I sum all the FFT bin values. Since the FFT bins are expressed in dB, I perform the "decibel sum" like this: ...
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Creating different yet genuine human-sounding voices in Audacity. Is it Possible?

I would like to create a few voice characters for an animation in Audacity, editing recordings of my own voice, however the final voices should sound completely different than my voice, and yet like ...
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Batch amplify and trim (possibly with Audacity)

I have a couple hundred small voice clips used for teaching correct pronunciation of words. Some of the recordings are quieter than others and most have some silence (not true silence) at the ...
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Remove vocals by combining multiple sources of the same background music? (cancel out differences)

Let's assume the same background music is used at different places in the same video and also in different videos (e.g. documentary series). AudaCity has a vocal removal plugin that works well ...
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How to remove anything but speech from 8 hours long file in audacity?

File: 8 hours long. Task: Let's say I recorded my training shift at work. I want to remove anything but human speech from 8-hour long file, in order to create checklists/flow diagrams based on what ...
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Properly cut and merge in Audacity

I'm trying to trim a part of a song in Audacity and merge the other two parts together, but right where I cut it you can hear a sudden difference in the tempo and audio. Is there a method or some sort ...
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Emphasize background conversation to understand what someone in the background is saying?

How to get background conversation in a sound record? To understand what someone in the background is saying during : 1) a recorded phone call. 2) In a noisy cafe. How would one go about it using ...
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Methods for decreasing exported .wav file size

I am working on sound project using Audacity. Are there any methods for decreasing the exported .wav file size without damaging the sound quality? e.g. combining all track to a single one and then ...
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What frequency / quality for voice clips?

I am looking at making some voice clips for teaching languages. I am using Audacity, but am not sure what settings to use. Many people recommend 44,100Hz for regular music recordings. Is this also the ...
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Repair bad Ogg Vorbis export from Audacity?

I have a voice recording that I made in Audacity and then exported as Ogg Vorbis format. I just listened to it for the first time, and it contains what I can only describe as skips — a word or two ...
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How can I correct loud audio with noisy high peaks?

Accidentally, the song was recorder without hardware filter, and it become too loud and distorted on high peaks (you can see and hear noise on high peaks): example audio file is here. Is that ...
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What is the difference between Audacity's dB and MP3Gain's dB?

I've read that Audacity can also do MP3Gain's job to normalize multiple tracks, but while in MP3Gain the target volume is something like 89.0 dB or 95.0 dB in Audacity the maximum is 0 and it goes ...
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Using Audacity, how do I split out separate speakers from a single track to multiple tracks?

I have a single file containing a speaker and callers. Assuming that I can discretely select each voice, how can I use Audacity to split the callers and the speaker into two separate tracks?
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Why is exporting a .wav file as .m4a creating a sync issue in audacity?

Edit: it's 0.0330s delay, not half a second sorry. ALso the problem occurs when converting the wav to .m4a in ffmpeg using the basic ffmpeg -i input.wav output.m4a, and I used the newest release of ...
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Does amplification and De-amplification of a recording affect the quality?

I looked online and didn't find anything definitive, they all wanted to compare the source and changed data structures and listen for differences....which I would consider too subjective to yield any ...
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How to remove this unnecessary high waveform that prevents me from amplifying to the highest possible (but still fine) decibel?

I want to remove all these high waveform (there are about 8 in this 5 minutes track, which I bookmarked), because if I select all > effect > Amplify, It only amplify about 3.2 db, but if I exclude ...