Notes from the Audio Trenches

Hello there! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and Mother’s Day if you celebrate. Mine was pretty great. I got to see several of my people, AND my roses are finally starting to bloom.

I had a bit of a snag while working on the final audio edit of the nonfiction project. I was on the 11th chapter of the post-mastering check when I detected this weird, sort of knocking sound in the background. I hadn’t heard it on any of the other files before then, but when I went back to check them again (this time with the volume cranked), I heard it.

I spent a couple of days trying to figure out what caused it, and of course, dying inside because I thought it was a mic problem. A mic problem would mean I might have to start all over again from scratch. As previously stated, I am very slow with the audio production, so this was not a desirable outcome.

Words cannot adequately convey how much I do not want to start all over again.

After the panicking and several unnecessary adjustments to my recording setup, I have 80% determined that the problem lies somewhere in my mastering chain, which is the thing I do after the recording. I went back to my cut files and mastered them again. I did make one change in my mastering chain, which may fix the issue? Assuming that it wasn’t just Audacity being quirky for a couple of days.

Sound is such a weird medium to work in. So much depends on how the equipment and the software are feeling that day. Just like mad sensitivity.

I still might have to rerecord some of it if my theory is wrong. I can tell you that at least one file that previously had the knocking issue does not currently have the knocking issue.

I can’t wait until this project is finished. I am tired, and I desperately want to work on a new thing. But I will get through it.

I have flash fiction for this week, possibly TWO pieces. Crazy, I know. If I finish the 2nd one, we’ll have one on Wednesday and the other one on Thursday.

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