Audacity offers a powerful and free de-clicker plugin for removing unwanted mouth sounds and clicks that show up in your audio recording. This de-clicker plugin has become part of my post-production process for everything I record. Sticky mouth sounds in our recordings can quickly become annoying to the listener. There have been instances where I have stopped watching a video simply because the dry mouth sounds were so prominent. So let’s see what Audacity’s de-clicker plugin can do to eliminate those pesky sounds.
Welcome to episode 18 of the Audacity Bootcamp podcast. Are you thinking about starting a podcast? What kind of hardware and software will you need and how much is it going to cost? Do I need to sink hundreds of dollars into microphones and other hardware? Do I need to spend thousands of dollars on a studio quality room? How about software training? Am I facing a huge expenditure for software training? These are great questions that need to be asked when taking on any new project and podcasting is no exception. It’s also the subject of this podcast episode. Links to things I talk about in this episode:
Today I released a new episode of the Audacity Bootcamp podcast. I’ve decided to revert the name of the podcast back to the Audacity Bootcamp and I explain a few reasons why in this episode. I also talk about my minimalist approach to recording and editing audio for my podcast and for my videos, and the new version of Audacity (3.0.4) that’s been released.
Podcasting doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re just getting started in podcasting, you don’t have to sink a lot of cash into what you’re doing. You can get inexpensive hardware and Audacity is free. The most important part of your podcast is the room you record in. You can get great audio with inexpensive gear if your initial recording is free of echo and room noise. That’s not hard to achieve. Some blankets, pillows, moving blankets, and closed curtains will add immeasurably to the quality of the audio in your podcast. I’ll be talking more about that in the next episode.
Welcome to this inaugural video of the newly rebranded First Person Audio YouTube channel. This is the channel formerly known as The Audacity Bootcamp. In this video I do a short review of the Pixel Professional Lavalier Lapel Microphone for iPhone/iPad. I’m always on the lookout for a good lapel mic and when I come across one that was made for the iPhone and/or iPad, my interest was peaked.
This Pixel lavalier mic is a high quality mic with metal construction and a braided cord. I bought the one with the 9 foot cord. It actually says 9.8 feet. I demo this mic plugged into my iPhone 11. Something’s going on with my iPhone because I’m hearing a little bit of static every now and then. It isn’t coming from the mic because I can hear it on recordings with no mic attached. The quality of this mic will be very obvious once I unplug it and talk to you using the mic on my iPhone. Other than loudness leveling and cleaning up a few mouth sounds, I did no post production on the audio to give you a good sample of what it sounds like out of the box.
It’s time for a facelift of The Audacity Bootcamp! So I’m going to give it one. I’ll be changing the name of The Audacity Bootcamp to First Person Audio over the next week to 10 days. All of the existing content will remain as well as the current subscriptions to my YouTube channel. If I do this right, you won’t have to do anything and it will be transparent to you. It will all just magically change.
This re-branding is going to affect everything currently touched by The Audacity Bootcamp with the exception of my course on Udemy. That course is going to remain as-is. The new name will impact the website, podcast, Twitter, and The Audacity Bootcamp Facebook page.
Re-branding like this will allow me more freedom to touch on other topics in my videos and podcasts, while keeping Audacity as a core element to what I do. Once the changes are made, it’ll be back to business as usual.
In this video I do a short comparison of the Rode NT1 and the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ condenser mics. Both of these mics are excellent and the differences in sound and quality are small. So I advise using headphones or earbuds to hear the difference. I refer to the shock mount I use on my AT2020USB+ and the pop filter as 2 different items I purchased but they’re part of the same package. See the link below.
Here’s what I discovered after doing this test. 1) The AT2020USB+ has more of an upper end presence and slightly more bass. This is reflected in the frequency response curve for the mic. 2) The Rode NT1 has a flatter frequency response curve and that resulted in slightly more clarity than the AT2020USB+ overall. But these differences are slight. If you’re looking for a good condenser mic for podcasting or voiceover/audiobook narration, either one of these mics is a good choice that will be easy on your pocketbook.
The shock mount I mention in this video will set you back about $12 and does fit the ElectroVoice RE20, among several other models. This is a great deal considering the massive shock mount offered by EV will set you back about $100. And this shock mount will hold any mic it’s designed for securely. Here are my links to the products mentioned in this video:
This is another shock mount I own but didn’t mention in this video. If you’re looking for another good shock mount for an RE20 mic that doesn’t include the pop filter above, this may be what you’re looking for: