Sunday, October 18, 2009

Beating the cold... WITH STICKS!

I'm about done with my case of the Ick. Likewise, it's about done with me, so that works out well. And now that my voice has come back -- such as it is -- it's time to return to a little more LibriVox goodness. In this particular instance, that means reading Chapter 6 of A General Historie of the Pyrates, Vol. 1. YARR MATEY! It be a book datin' from 1724 an' be widely credited ter Daniel Defoe, though nowadays that be contested.

I was so set to read the chapters about Anne Bonny and Mary Read, but alas, somebody beat me to 'em. So I'm having to be content with Charles Vane (indirectly connected to them through "Calico Jack" Rackham, once a member of his crew).

Still trying to figure out the best way to get the best possible sound out of a game headset, a shareware recording program, and a single voice & diction class taken 20+ years ago. Like most amateurs, I have problems with plosives and sibilance, and I keep trying to minimize them by positioning the headset mic in various places. But putting the mic up above my nose where I can't accidentally breathe on it means the finished recording is really quiet, and the sound has to be boosted artificially, leaving it with some weird artifacts. (Yeah, I know, whine whine whine.) If you have any suggestions, they would be most appreciated.


Scarehaircare said...

What about a semi-permeable barrier that will modulate the sound just a bit? Might have to experiment. Not a face maskm, just something between you and the mic.

Soozcat said...

Hmm. It would have to be literally a face mask, in that I'm working with a headset and not a stand-alone mic.