I haven’t written for awhile, but I’m still alive and well. It’s not that I no longer feel the need to write, but rather I decided to redirect my attention somewhere else. There’s no point in mopping around and getting corrupted by reiterating the horrible reality. Improving the situation is what I should be doing, and that’s precisely what I did. There’s no one who will help me otherwise, in fact I know some will be glad to see me dead tomorrow.
The Behringer 302USB mixer that I ordered from Japan is finally here and I realize how foolish I was in my initial attempts to improve audio quality by going thru different microphones. My initial understanding of a mixer was that it simply mix two or more audio source together, something that I was already doing. What I misunderstood however, was the term “floor noise”. I had wrongfully assumed that certain microphone was bad, that the sound card was bad, the power supply was bad.
In the past week of experimentation, I have acquired a new understanding of what a mixer, pre-amp and clipping actually means. Before the mixer, I was simply combining the microphone recording with the background audio, and solving any clarity issue by increasing the microphone sensitivity. The outcome was of course horrible, but it had to be done to prevent any vocal drowning. The mixer however, changed everything… placing emphasis on the input line above the background audio during the mixing process. Now I can actually eliminate the floor noise, sound clear above whatever background audio that’s running and start working on my pronunciation. Equalization is something I’m still working on, but just going thru the pre-amp has allowed me to improve the headset microphone to an entirely different level. The construction noise and television while reduced, still poses an issue, so I am going to explore with a dynamic XLR mic next. I believe it should give a better performance than the dynamic USB mic I originally had.
Much as I would have preferred to avoid surging the remainders of my savings, that mindset had caused me to suffered horribly. By causing me to feel helpless amidst a set of limited options. I have decided to move ahead with a do or die approach, setting aside a budget for which I will be using to improve my current living conditions. To be honest, I’m not sure why I’m so obsessed over streaming, despite knowing that it probably will not become my full time job. I’m actually reluctant to deal with more people but some part of me doesn’t want to give up, refusing to admit defeat. Like it or not, I’m going to at least get a correct understanding of what I did wrongly before I call this a day. What I’m aiming for is not success but experience.
The Eternal Fool