Always sirens where I live...how to make presentation without them!

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Im trying to make a powerpoint course with audio explaining stuff. The problekm is I live downtown and there is always some kind of sirens going on like police, fire, ambulance and it makes the recordings sound bad. Is there any way to get around this? Is this an issue or not?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rbtmarshall
    maybe it would be a neat sound to have in the recording. are they so loud that you can't be understood in normal conversation?
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    • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
      Originally Posted by Rbtmarshall View Post

      maybe it would be a neat sound to have in the recording. are they so loud that you can't be understood in normal conversation?

      No they arnt that loud but you can definitely hear them in the background and no the people would not have a hard time understanding what I say....its not constant but once in while like if I do a 15 min presentation you will probably hear them a few times for sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dorne
    You could look into getting a good noise cancelling microphone. The KnowBrainer site has a really good comparison guide, rating noise cancellation and some other stuff. Add a good USB sound card and I bet you'd be able to get rid of those sirens. Just be sure to do your research... you really do get what you pay for in this area (don't buy a cheap sound card).

    Edit: My first post sounds pretty spammy. I'm not affiliated with KnowBrainer, I just recently found the site and they helped me choose a good headset
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  • Profile picture of the author markgaperl
    The way to go would be get noise cancelling headsets and use them in the room where you have the least sound. And if you don't want to buy, try and find another place where you can record your tutorial. I agree that background siren sound would be distracting and would not give a professional image. So chose an alternative which best suits you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Rodd
    What I would suggest is to modify your room just for this purpose. Soundproofing it like a studio. After all, it's in the business to invest such things. If not possible, budget-wise or you are pressed for time, why not improvise? Take advantage of the siren sounds and integrate it with your presentation. Don't let it as a nuisance/distraction, let it be a vehicle for imagination and enjoyment.

    That's the art of improvisation. You can turn things around in your favor.

    Hope this helps.

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  • A noise canceling microphone is not a bad suggestion, but what you really need is a noise barrier. (Microphone Isolator to prevent unwanted sounds in recordings) similar to this.



    You would face it away from the window. This is what I usually recommend for people in your situation. Well, besides recording the audio parts in a studio with an enclosed vocal booth.
    But if it must be at home, in the middle of the city, then do it late at night when traffic and outside noises are less likely to be as bad.

    A good sound card won't make much of a difference though. A $7000+ pro sound card is only going to make sirens sound more crisp and professional.
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    • Profile picture of the author Martin Salter
      Originally Posted by stoltingmediagroup View Post

      A noise canceling microphone is not a bad suggestion, but what you really need is a noise barrier. (Microphone Isolator to prevent unwanted sounds in recordings) similar to this.



      You would face it away from the window. This is what I usually recommend for people in your situation. Well, besides recording the audio parts in a studio with an enclosed vocal booth.
      But if it must be at home, in the middle of the city, then do it late at night when traffic and outside noises are less likely to be as bad.

      A good sound card won't make much of a difference though. A $7000+ pro sound card is only going to make sirens sound more crisp and professional.

      Some cool ideas here

      Also try this search
      https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...0in%20audacity

      You can find FREE ways to remove background noises using Audacity.

      This video covers static and fan noises

      Should also help

      Plus you could make one video with the sirens in the background and upload it, ask for feedback on your product to see if people mention the noises. If so, edit to remove and upload the newer version and they will love you for your customer support

      If they don't mention it, then you have no worries either.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Sounds like you need a porta-booth:
    Harlan Hogan - Voice overs Narrations Commercials Promos

    There are simple instructions on that page showing you how to make your own.

    It's not too hard.
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  • Profile picture of the author ViceHood
    Move. Who needs big cities anymore?
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