Why is my audio so quiet now? the only difference is I added a clap

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So this was recorded in garageband and then loaded into Audacity, both are spoken word files. The left audio was recorded with the exact same settings and set up and is zoomed in roughly the same amount as the left. On the left, the ONLY difference is that the client wanted me to add a clap when I mess up my takes so they can edit it out.

I've turned off normalize, I've turned off compression and squeeze, and no matter what I do, the file is super quiet and I have to amplify it by like 20 db to get it to be normal. Can I fix this so it exports like normal and allows clipping from the clap or do I have to amplify in Audacity after the fact?

Thanks!
 

Tadpui

Well-known member
This would be the exact effect of normalization. I agree, somewhere in the signal chain is some sort of automatic gain or normalization process.

This article makes it sound like Garage Band automatically normalizes on export, and that behavior can be turned off:

 
This would be the exact effect of normalization. I agree, somewhere in the signal chain is some sort of automatic gain or normalization process.

This article makes it sound like Garage Band automatically normalizes on export, and that behavior can be turned off:

I've already tried turning it off, it makes no difference :( (or negligible difference)
 

keith.rogers

Bobby'); DROP TABLE USER
Is this OS X GarageBand?

If you are turning off everything in GB, you might as well record in Audacity, if you are familiar with it. (Looks like an Audacity screen capture.)

p.s. you don’t have to put your hands right in front of the mic when you clap!
 

rob aylestone

Well-known member
With that dynamic range, the music HAS to be quieter, to fix it, just edit the clap transient and renormalise. There might be a noise implication but if this has to be recorded it’s an ideal use for a limiter
 
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