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Why do my recordings fade out or sound as if they were made in a cave?

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Why do my recordings fade out or sound as if they were made in a cave?

Post: # 142Post Dana
Wed May 23, 2018 6:13 am

Why do my recordings fade out or sound as if they were made in a cave?
This issue can occur on newer Windows machines and can occasionally occur on newer Mac computers. These and other symptoms can also occur on other machines if the sound device is applying an effect or a corrective enhancement. If the recording is fading out after a few seconds, look for a "Noise Suppression" setting you can turn off in the Recording side of the sound device settings. If the recording sounds like it was made in a tunnel, look for an "Echo Cancellation" setting you can turn off. If there is no echo cancellation setting or it does not help, look for "Environment" sound effects in the Playback side of the sound device settings - these will affect recordings of computer playback and sometimes other recordings too.

To change settings on Windows:

1. Right-click over the Speaker icon by the system clock then choose Recording Devices to open the Recording tab of "Sound".
2. Right-click over Microphone (or whatever device you are recording from) and choose Properties.
3. There will probably be an Enhancements tab where you can disable all or selected "Sound Effects" - if needs be, also look in the Levels or Custom tabs.

You may also need to change or disable environment settings. To check settings:

1. Click the Playback tab in the main window of "Sound".
2. Right-click over Speakers.
3. Choose Properties.
4. Click the Enhancements tab.

If there are no settings to change, or on older versions of Windows, go to the "Sound" or similar section of the Windows Control Panel and look for a custom control panel for your sound device. TURN ALL AUDIO ENHANCEMENTS OFF! Check out the video below to see how this will affect your audio. It also deals with issues concerning using Audacity. If you want to be professional, use professional gear! I have no desire to keep beating a dead horse. Their dead, they will not respond. You can not reason with them. smash


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