Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cleaning up speech or lecture in Audacity

Something I learned today: I had an audio recording of a lecture for a class I had taken which was very poor in quality. I wanted it to sound better so I did some digging on audio cleanups for voice. What I ended up finding was a neat little feature in Audacity

Here is how to make it sound better:

Install Audacity and the LAME plugin for MP3s

Import the audio file in question

File > Apply Chain > CleanSpeech > Apply to Current Project

This will do a bunch of things. It will remove long pauses, clean up the range for human speech. It doesn't seem to remove echoing, but it is much better to listen to after running this quick plugin.

I had a hard time finding this, so I figure giving something back to the Google cause would be nice.

The original posting can be found HERE. The author goes into a little more detail on what it actually does.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Daylight saving

Today we fall back an hour. It is such a strange phenomenon, that of DST. We simultaneously change our clocks twice a year with the worry being that someone forgot to change theirs. I find it amazing that the world continues mostly unaffected by this change. Since it was originally done for farmers, in a society were less a percentage of people are farmers, why is it done anymore?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thanksgiving blend at Starbucks

Just wanted to post that I had it this morning, Thanksgiving blend that is, and it tasted like a burrito. Adds a whole new meaning to the term "coffee beans"

That is all.

EDIT 2011-11-2
I got it again today lol