Does my voicebank need cleaning?

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  1. kimchi-tan

    kimchi-tan Your local Mikotard Global Mod Defender of Defoko

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    When it comes to cleaning samples, there seems to be one side saying that it's best left untouched while there's another side saying that cleaning improves the quality but then again it seems to depend case by case. I record using my smartphone (a Samsung Galaxy V). Here's a sample. Would it need cleaning or is it okay as it is?
     
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  3. Velvet

    Velvet Ruko's Ruffians Defender of Defoko

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    I don't think the sample is "dirty" enough to need cleaning; cleaning it may make it sound a little better and a little easier for UTAU to handle, but the sample at least seems clear enough
     
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    Piia Ritsu's Renegades Defender of Defoko

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    I think that it sounds really clear.
    There are a few 'breath-y' sounds though (I think that may need a bit of cleaning[?])
    Why am I criticizing your work I'm no pro at UTAU like you
    But overall it's a good recording.
     
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    kimchi-tan Your local Mikotard Global Mod Defender of Defoko

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    The breath at the end can easily removed with cutoff :wink:
     
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    Piia Ritsu's Renegades Defender of Defoko

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    Then that must be the only clean-up you need :sing::wink:
     
  7. heta-tan

    heta-tan Genderless Goon Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    I agree with Velvet, the recording isn't muffled or anything that you'd have to clean up.
    Personally if you were going to clean it, I wouldn't go heavy-handed since it's already pretty clear.
     
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    수연 <Suyeon> Your friendly neighborhood koreaboo trash Supporter Defender of Defoko

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    Cleaning a sample is only necessary if there's audible ambient/white/pink/brown noise in the silence of the sample (a good pair of headphones or earphones are your best bet for listening for it). If there is, then you would just use the generate silence tool in audacity during the silent areas. I don't recommend using the noise removal functions present in audacity and some daws since it often results in artifacts that UTAU picks up.
     
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    There are some instances in the recording where there is breath / a rumble. This will come up in utau, as I have the same issue due to cars in my recordings. The sample is overall clean but that will come up in utau
    . You could remove the low frequencies but there's some in the high region that you cant exactly get rid of it without destroying your samples. Best bet would re-record it and not breath into the mic, touch it, have a low rumble etc. If not it's fine, but will come up when it runs through utau.
     
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