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Old 12-30-2014, 11:33 AM   #31 (permalink)
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In addition to Rez's suggestions, here's a simple layout:

Condenser Mic to M-Audio Fast Track (using an XLR cord) to Audacity on your PC/Mac.



I use the M-Audio, and for microphones, an XLR input has a better input gain than using the 1/4" inputs on the unit. So, for under, or around $200 you'll have a whole world of recording opened up to you. Keep in mind that there will be some latency, and I always have to deal with that by trimming each track after recording. Also, you could always go cheaper on those two pieces of equipment, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:45 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Thanks for making that. And about latency, just adjust the latency compensation, and you can get pretty darn close to perfect with a small chain like pictured. Doesnt hurt to change delay compensation for a cue mix also if you even use one.
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Old 12-30-2014, 12:08 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Thanks for making that. And about latency, just adjust the latency compensation, and you can get pretty darn close to perfect with a small chain like pictured. Doesnt hurt to change delay compensation for a cue mix also if you even use one.
No problemo. I need to step away from the tedious stuff at work once in a while. Keeps me sane. As far as the latency issue, I never knew Audacity had a fix. Well fuck me running, here it is:

Latency Test - Audacity Manual
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So I did a recording today with several tracks. I did them via USB mic into Audacity. On all of the tracks there's a hiss, kind of like a room noise. I recorded this in a tunnel so I did want the echoes and stuff to some degree, but the hiss sort of takes over, especially with like 6 tracks playing the same noise. Is there anything I could do to cut that out or is it there to stay?
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So I did a recording today with several tracks. I did them via USB mic into Audacity. On all of the tracks there's a hiss, kind of like a room noise. I recorded this in a tunnel so I did want the echoes and stuff to some degree, but the hiss sort of takes over, especially with like 6 tracks playing the same noise. Is there anything I could do to cut that out or is it there to stay?
It is probably a condenser mic and you need to just turn the preamp gain down so you can still record what you want close to the mic but not pickup hiss. Working with a very sensitive condensor mic can be hard in a home situation.
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Thanks to Rez and Plankton for the tips. I'm looking into the setup now.
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So I did a recording today with several tracks. I did them via USB mic into Audacity. On all of the tracks there's a hiss, kind of like a room noise. I recorded this in a tunnel so I did want the echoes and stuff to some degree, but the hiss sort of takes over, especially with like 6 tracks playing the same noise. Is there anything I could do to cut that out or is it there to stay?


Other than using the method above for each track, here's another solution that looks like it might be a better way to go, but it is a bit more complicated:

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My method for hiss/hum/frequency filtering:

1. First, be sure to uncheck "Select all audio in project, if none selected" from "Edit > Preferences > Tracks" menu.
2. Select the original track (click on track control panel) and duplicate it (Edit > Duplicate).
3. Do the same with the duplicate track. Now we have 3 tracks (the original one and 2 diplicates, lets call them 1st and 2nd).
4. Select the 2nd duplicate and invert its data (Effect > Invert).
5. Select the 1st duplicate and use "Effect > Equalization..." to:
5.1. Cut high frequencies, where the hiss noise is;
5.2. Cut low frequencies, where the hum noise is;
5.3. Or to cut some specific frequency you'd like to remove.
6. Select the both duplicate tracks (select the 1st one, hold the shift key and then select the 2nd one). Mix and render them (Tracks > Mix and Render).
7. Use the "Envelope Tool" (Press F2 key) to compress the "healthy" sound to the level of the noise. Now we have the "noise profile" with inverted data.
8. Mix and render the original track with the "noise profile".
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Audacity Forum • View topic - How to remove "hiss" and "hum"?
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Thanks to Rez and Plankton for the tips. I'm looking into the setup now.
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Sometimes without higher end sound card usb mics can just be a little noisy too.
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Other than using the method above for each track, here's another solution that looks like it might be a better way to go, but it is a bit more complicated:



Taken from here:
Audacity Forum • View topic - How to remove "hiss" and "hum"?
Thanks man, I'll give that a shot when I get back home and let y'all know how it goes. I use a dirt cheap mic, ftr.
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