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Lawnmower Effect

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Lawnmower Effect

Post: # 426Post MarcoM
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:13 am

Hi Dana,
I am not yet able to even out the sound of my recording through either compression or limiting or a combination of both.
In the attached chapter I recorded, there are parts of the reading where excitement is naturally higher, so there peaks really stand out.
The problem is that, no matter how I set compressor and limiter, the result is a perfect "lawnmower" effect.
My input level for recording was set at around -18dBs with peaks at around -3dBs.

My desidered final amplitude should be at -18LUFS and True Peak at -1dB but, to achieve that, my processing always results into a lawnmower effect.

Would you please help me? Thank you so much in advance. Here follows the link to my recording



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Post: # 427Post Dana
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:20 am

Hey Marco, I think your audio sounds great. Using compression will make your dynamics worse as well as help add the lawnmower effect you are speaking of. The fact that you also use a condenser mic, makes everything even worse, as it is very hard to control the peaks. One of the best ways to control the dynamics of your audio, is to use a peak limiter, instead of a brick limiter. Brick limiters are notorious for producing the lawn mover effect as well. I just bought a new dynamic headset mic. I have three more coming tomorrow. They are the same mic, but do not have the headphones attached. I will do a quick video for you using this new mic and show you how I avoid this issue, using a dynamic mic, peak limiter, a gate and Reaper. BRB.
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Post: # 428Post MarcoM
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:00 am

Thank you my friend for your words.
After sending you my post yesterday I remembered that time ago you uploaded a video on your Youtube channel regarding Loudness Range and how to fix it in Reaper.
So...I followed your hints and instruction and, with the help of Trileveler plugin I came up with the following final result which, in my opinion, seems, very very good. This file would meet the requirements of the organization for which I am currently reading audiobooks.
This chapter involves a dialoguie between a man and an "evil" God...the God of Money...so some sort of "Demon". Therefore I adjusted my voice in the parts of the dialogue pertaining to the demon, so that voice could seems like the one coming from an evil entity....

What do you think about the result?


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Post: # 429Post Dana
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:52 am

That audio is FANTASTIC! That is how you get $480.00 per finished hour Brother. That is how you get locked into an author that wants you to record part 2,3 and 4! Did you use the pitch shiftier? Reaper has three now with the latest update. I was playing around with it this morning after listening to your clip.


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Post: # 430Post MarcoM
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:39 am

Hi Dana,
you cannot even imagine how much happy I am after reading your comments!
I hope I succeeded to finally come up with my "perfect" pst-production chain of effects and operations.
I wish I could get inside this business my friend but it seems it is not yet easily available for me. I'd love it was. :-((((((

Anyway, your recording is very nice and the Troll voice is really appropriate! Amazing!

Yes, I used a Pitch Shifter plugin in Adobe Audition and some Delay and after playing quite a bit with settings that was the result.

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Post: # 432Post thestorygirl
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:40 pm

What a mesmerizing performance!
I've got to believe that keeping on working hard in the "small" areas will lead to open doors eventually. I am finding that in my life. Please do not give up!

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Post: # 433Post MarcoM
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:05 pm

Thank you so much thestorygirl.
Your words make me blush ....
Yes...I Will not give up...I Will never do that...and your words are a strong encouragement for me.
Thank you from my heart.

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Post: # 434Post MarcoM
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:41 pm

Hi Dana, Hi thestorygirl,

well I just would like to know from you experienced people with well-trained ears which one of the two short clips I am enclosing here you do prefer.
I applied two slightly different post-production fx chains to these files, which are taken from a recording I made.
I am really looking forward to hearing your comments, suggestions and whatever else you feel like to write. Thank you !!

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Post: # 437Post Dana
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:18 am

I think they both sound good. I still do not recommend using compression, with your voice, you do not need it. All you gained by using compression was 4/10s of 1db as well as 0.06db closer LRA.
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Post: # 438Post MarcoM
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:25 am

Thank you my friend

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