Noise floor vs Noise floor when speaking

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by wuhan_87, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. wuhan_87

    wuhan_87 Active Member

    Feb 5, 2019

    Is there any reason why my noise floor would differ while speaking vs when just recording the tone of the room?

    My recorded noise floor seems to be lower when speaking; -85 and higher when I just sample the "tone" of the room, it's at -60. Is that because my voice is blocking most of the noise floor?

    Sorry if this question seems basic, total newbie at this.

    Cheers! :)
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    signal masks noise.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    It's not easy to be of help when you have said nothing about the room in which you are recording, the equipment you are using or the method by which you are determining the noise floor.

    Check that you do not have AGC (automatic gain control) turned on somewhere in your signal chain and that you are not using any other form of compression.
  4. Makzimia

    Makzimia The Minstrel Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    Keighley, England
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    I want to add to Boswell’s question. What are you trying to achieve?. Do you want the room noise?. If not, use a gate to eliminate all noise and go from there. If you want a true recording, with room and voice, use nothing in the chain other than mic, and make sure you just set the level of its input to desired level.


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