Rehearsing we wanted to send recordings to someone to get their
feedback, so one of us got out a macbook and recorded us playing a set
in Garage Band. Listening back, it sounded terrible. The levels were
fine, no digital clipping, and Garage Band said it wasn't applying any
effects, but it was just all weird and phasey sounding. Then I tried
my mine, in Audacity, and it was all wrong in exactly the same way.
We were about ready to give up on the macs and use a phone instead
when we found the magic setting:
It's "use ambient noise reduction," and while I'm sure it's great for
videochat it's not at all what you want when you're recording.
- With "ambient noise reduction":
- Without "ambient noise reduction":
There are actually parts of the recording where it's an interesting
sort of electronicy effect that I could like in a way, and the mic is
still not all that good, but I'm much happier with the clean
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