One of the hazards of having a recording studio in your house is the ongoing struggle to reduce or remove the background noises made by your family members or your appliances or even your neighbors mowing their lawns.  You Cannot rely on a Noise Reduction feature in your recording software.  Doing that only makes your audio sound like your speaking from the bottom of a tin can.  That feature was mainly designed for news reporters or announcers reporting from a concert or some other loud event.

So, here I was working on my first audiobook, “The Spartans: 300 Quotes, Facts, and Sayings of History’s Greatest Warriors” and I’ve discovered the quietest time of day in the house, my dogs have settled down and aren’t clickety-clacking their paws on my hard wood floors outside my guest room.  I’m still new to all of this and I’m proceeding very carefully from one quote to the next in a meticulous fashion matching each quote to ACX’s audio requirements.

I’m a few days into recording and so far everything’s been great.  I had just returned from the kitchen with some water and recorded another quote for editing.  I was somewhere around quote number 35 and when I went to check the noise floor contrast I found it was way too loud.  It was all over the scale in fact…

“What with this?”, I thought, “There’s nothing going on.”  I recorded another take.  Checked the contrast again.  Way wrong.  All wrong.  Too loud.  Can’t edit this…  Confusion crowding my thoughts…  Why is this Happening?!

I start looking around and can’t see anything or hear anything.  I’m getting a little busted and disgusted at this point right?  What the Hell?  I’ve got 270 some odd quotes left!!!!  Noo!!!!

Then I see my cat, Fireball, was under the bed.  Purring like there was no tomorrow…

“Really?”, I thought, “Can it be that simple?”  I grabbed her and put her out of the guest room and recorded my quote.  Checked it quickly, curious now…

Perfect!

Turns out her purring was in range that completely ruined the acoustics even though I couldn’t hear it.  Truly amazing…

So, if your recording set-up is in your house keep your cats out and save yourself some grief!  😉

Talk soon, friends…  Be well!

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