(audacity) stereo vs. mono/waveform vs. waveform db/combining mp3s?
- Hi, I'm putting together a storytelling podcast (something similar to
escapepod, but less snazzy).
I've found the old threads very useful, but I have two
audacity/general technical questions I haven't found answers for.
Perhaps the answers are obvious.
1)In audacity, they give you several audio displays, including
waveform and waveform db. I've never quite figured out what they mean
or what the difference between them is. I understand that you want to
avoid hitting the top line (to avoid clipping), but other than that, I
really don't know what to look for in the visuals.
Waveform db has fatter lines, with scales of 0 (top) -10, -20, -36
Waveform has thinner lines, with a scale from -1 to 1
what should you be looking for at the displays? So far, I've been
looking at gaps (silences), breathing and low overall levels. What
display do you prefer to use and why?
Second newbie question. Audacity recommends mono recording for
recording a single voice, but I see that many of the more
well-regarded podcasts are in stereo mp3. What are the advantages of
having the final product in stereo instead of mono? (I'm a little
worried that the extra load required for recording in stereo might tax
my older laptop). I'm producing one voice stories with minimal
effects, so I really have no need for stereo. But I'm wondering if it
sounds bad in cars or mp3 player headphones? (is there an
audience-motivated reason for doing it rather than a technical reason?)
I have a perception AKG 200 perception mike hooked into the mixer
with xlr and outputting to my edirol ua-1ex usb interface in two
3. Final question. A friend of mine has been producing 30-60 second
mp3s (usually 96 or 64 bit). I'd like to combine these mp3s (or at
least see how bad the result would be). Do you have any free tools to
recommend for doing that? Are there any general guidelines about what
kinds of mp3 combining
sounds passable and what would sound awful?