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audacity importing causing these issues??
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:22:26 PM »
I just got done dumping 2 shows onto my laptop.  I opened all the files in audacity to normalize then exported them to there proper place.  before putting the sd card back in the recorder [ sucks leaving the sd card at home in the lappy!!!]  and formatting it,  I actually got some time to check them out.  they both have light crackling,  like a bad connection or even a type of interference.  its not constant through ether of the shows,  but deff the same sound in each.  no real pattern.  so I went to the SD card to check the original files to see if they matched up with my files I used audacity on before setting up my gear to try and reproduce noise.   not a peep on the original files.  weird or did I do or not do something that was needed.  I don't use audacity much,  but its cut and dry on using it.  any help or input is appreciated .  thax, ed
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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 07:52:31 PM »
I use V2.1.0, and haven't experienced any problems like that, Ed.

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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 10:03:40 PM »
I've never had an issue with Audacity introducing noise.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 10:36:31 PM »
Me neither. Weird
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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 02:54:11 PM »
maybe some peaks are going over zero after you did the normalize?

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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 05:00:27 PM »
I don't get the love for audacity. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Try buying a real DAW. Like Reaper. It's only ~$70.
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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 05:05:26 PM »
I don't get the love for audacity.

It does everything I need, and I know how to use it.  That's my two cents.  I'm sure people who are more sophisticated and require more functionality may be limited by it, in which case another option may be more useful.

That said, I don't think "buying a real DAW" will fix the issue here because there's no definitive indication (yet...maybe the OP will be able to better diagnose it and find out it was caused by Audacity) that the issue was caused by Audacity.
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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 05:34:20 PM »
maybe some peaks are going over zero after you did the normalize?

I thought of this as well — some sort of clipping was introduced somehow? Though I admit to being mystified how that could happen with Audacity's Normalize filter.

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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 05:36:06 PM »
Maybe try repeating the process the same way you did the first time and see if you get the same result.
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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 05:53:12 PM »
I don't get the love for audacity. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Try buying a real DAW. Like Reaper. It's only ~$70.

Don't know where you got off on the wrong foot with Audacity, but you are waaaay off base noahbickart.

I suppose as we get older, it's harder to learn new things, but I would encourage you to revisit it.

It's super-powerful, and since it can take in all kinds of VST plug-ins, you really don't need to kill yourself on the steep Reaper learning curve.

Limit yourself to V2.1.0 and you will be all set.  :coolguy:

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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 06:12:12 PM »
Did you save as MP3 type file and normalize to >-1.0? If so, you may be experiencing inter sample peaks (where the peak of the waveform actually can extend past clipping).

Can you post a sample of the normalized file?

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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2019, 06:45:23 PM »
Thanks all for the responses.  Figured the f'ing thing out.  After going back and forth from the SD card to the saved file I realized I was going from my old laptop to my new laptop, where the saved file was,   and figured it was the new laptop as I haven't really used the new lappy other than downloading a few programs that r needed.   Here it's the dam head phone jack on the new laptop!!!  No biggie as it is new, but cheap as shxx,  and when I put it to use in the playback system it will be going through a dac/headphone amp.  U think I would of "caught " the sound as a bad phone jack as the sound of a bad one is unmistakable,   but this was something way different.   It is very light sounding like real soft cracking/popping but not over powering the recording and can't be reproduced or made worse sounding by "messing" with the headphone jack while music is playing.  Nice to figure it out as it was driving me nuts.  Ed
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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2019, 06:50:38 PM »
Thanks all for the responses.  Figured the f'ing thing out.  After going back and forth from the SD card to the saved file I realized I was going from my old laptop to my new laptop, where the saved file was,   and figured it was the new laptop as I haven't really used the new lappy other than downloading a few programs that r needed.   Here it's the dam head phone jack on the new laptop!!!  No biggie as it is new, but cheap as shxx,  and when I put it to use in the playback system it will be going through a dac/headphone amp.  U think I would of "caught " the sound as a bad phone jack as the sound of a bad one is unmistakable,   but this was something way different.   It is very light sounding like real soft cracking/popping but not over powering the recording and can't be reproduced or made worse sounding by "messing" with the headphone jack while music is playing.  Nice to figure it out as it was driving me nuts.  Ed

Yay happy (?) ending!

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Re: audacity importing causing these issues??
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2019, 07:07:11 PM »
Thanks all for the responses.  Figured the f'ing thing out.  After going back and forth from the SD card to the saved file I realized I was going from my old laptop to my new laptop, where the saved file was,   and figured it was the new laptop as I haven't really used the new lappy other than downloading a few programs that r needed.   Here it's the dam head phone jack on the new laptop!!!  No biggie as it is new, but cheap as shxx,  and when I put it to use in the playback system it will be going through a dac/headphone amp.  U think I would of "caught " the sound as a bad phone jack as the sound of a bad one is unmistakable,   but this was something way different.   It is very light sounding like real soft cracking/popping but not over powering the recording and can't be reproduced or made worse sounding by "messing" with the headphone jack while music is playing.  Nice to figure it out as it was driving me nuts.  Ed

Yay happy (?) ending!
Yep, happy ending.  Laptop still worth what was paid for it.  I was more concerned by sound that it was a mic thing or cable thing, or a recorder thing because the noise is more digital sounding than bad headphone jack,  plus I've been running a new set of b9audio hypers with mic cables that haven't been used in quite sometime, into a mixpre3 using phantom power that hasn't been used till now,  so had my fingers crossed i didn't have to diagnose the bad sound from the recording gear end of it.  That would of made thing a very unhappy ending!!!
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