By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 21, 2009
Ever find that you have to rerecord something that should have been perfect because of oddball noises?
Does your studio go bump in the night?
Yea, even the humble coffee bean plays a role in such a trial, especially if the contents within its cup are as the Maxwell House slogan goes, "good til the last drop."
Know where I'm going with this? Hear about John Taylor's frustrating nightmare of an audiobook editing (and subsequent recording) session today on VOX Daily.
The Mystery of the Audio Book Feedback
By John Taylor
Anyone who does audio books knows it's the iron man triathlon of voice over.
I was reading my first, The War at the Shore, Donald Trump, Steve Wynn and the Battle For Atlantic City. I had been pushing myself to do two chapters a day. All told about 9 hours of non-stop voicing and editing.
I had recorded the audio and settled in to edit the tracks with a gigantic coffee mug filled with extra strong Costa Rican Blend to keep me going.
As the editing progressed, I started to notice a ringing on every word... UH OH... FEEDBACK!
I had absentmindedly left the headphones turned up in the booth while I recorded without the cans on. The sound from the headphones must've been just loud enough to create a tinny, ringing feedback in both chapters I had recorded. Nothing to do but unplug the headphones, go back to the booth and re-record fifty pages of War at the Shore.
After recording new tracks, I took a short break to refill my gigantic coffee mug with Costa Rican Blend and hunkered down for a marathon editing session. The audio sounded clean and I was ready to dig in. PHEW!
After about an hour, the pinging ringing feedback returned! UGH!!!!! How could the audio go bad... I reviewed the earlier part of the track that had sounded fine before... NOW IT HAD THE RINGING PINGING FEEDBACK!
In utter frustration I pounded my fist on the desk... and there was a ringing sound after I pounded. I hit the desk again... ding... I tapped the keyboard... ding. Then I tapped the gigantic coffee mug DING! That same ringing pinging note rang out.
The gigantic, now empty, coffee mug was the culprit.
When the mug was full it resonated no sound. But when empty, the shape of the mug, the quality of the ceramic and the proximity to the monitor speakers were an acoustical perfect storm that created the audio illusion of feedback.
And that is the Mystery of the Audio Book Feedback. SOLVED!
Has This Ever Happened To You?
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