Recording on Audacity
Thread poster: Mandy K

Mandy K
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Nov 14, 2013

hi all,

i am recording a text using Audacity on my laptop but in the background you can clearly hear a buzzing sound. how can I clear it out?

is there a better software you can recommend? thank you


 

Orrin Cummins  Identity Verified
Japan
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The problem is probably not Audacity Nov 14, 2013

In all likelihood, the buzzing is caused by your microphone. Are you using the one built-in to your laptop? You might want to look into buying a reasonably priced headset with a good mic, or else something like this (which is what I use to record voice, then transfer the files via USB to my laptop and import into Audacity):

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb09/articles/line6backtrack.htm

You can probably find a much cheaper version of the above with a similar-quality mic but without the guitar inputs, too.


 

Rolf Keller
Germany
Local time: 14:39
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Electronic ... Nov 15, 2013

Orrin Cummins wrote:

The problem is probably not Audacity


Agreed.

In all likelihood, the buzzing is caused by your microphone.


Either the sound is picked-up by the built-in microphone (acoustically from the running harddisk), or it is induced by the laptop's poor built-in electronic circuits.

In the latter case an external microphone is worth a try. If necessary an external amplifier might help. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.icon_smile.gif


 

Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
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Smartphone Nov 15, 2013

If you have a smartphone, you may find it can act as a decent recorder, possibly with an extra app. You can then edit the resulting raw audio file in Audacity on your PC if you want. Another good editing software is Reaper. I like it better than Audacity because it allows for non-destructive editing.

Otherwise, get yourself a USB microphone, as suggested, or a dedicated digital recorder like the Zoom H1 or equivalent.


 

Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
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In Audacity Nov 16, 2013

Effect > Noise Removal

 

PAS  Identity Verified
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May not necessarily work Nov 18, 2013

Lincoln Hui wrote:

Effect > Noise Removal


Noise removal is a tool to eliminate hiss from a recording, not buzz.
Buzz can be reduced by equalisation, but that requires a little experience to do and is a waste of time in a situation where the recording is just a work aid.


 

Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:39
Finnish to French
Real solution: not to use laptop's internal microphone Nov 18, 2013

PAS wrote:
Noise removal is a tool to eliminate hiss from a recording, not buzz.
Buzz can be reduced by equalisation, but that requires a little experience to do and is a waste of time in a situation where the recording is just a work aid.

The original poster didn't say the recording would be just a work aid, but I agree any editing (whether noise removal, equalization etc.) is not the solution here. The solution is not to use the internal microphone of a laptop, which is the worse possible way to record.


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Noise removal could work... Nov 18, 2013

Dominique Pivard wrote:
PAS wrote:
Noise removal is a tool to eliminate hiss from a recording, not buzz.

The original poster didn't say the recording would be just a work aid, but I agree any editing (whether noise removal, equalization etc.) is not the solution here.


I agree that using a dedicated microphone would be a good solution, but I also know that Audacity's capacity for noise removal is fairly good. If you remove too much buzz, the voice sound may become metalic (as if you're talking with a can in front of your mouth), but it can remove the buzz, and sometimes removing the buzz just a little bit can be a big improvement. Speaking from experience.


 


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