13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2013 4:01 AM by Amosbadamos
Endoman99 Level 1 Level 1

I'm trying to use my USB microphone to record voice over in FCP X 10.0.7. I have a new MBP RD with 750GB SSD and 16GB Ram and Lion 10.7.5. Every time I record a voice over throught FCP X, I get a severe crackling noise in my recordings that makes the audio unsuable. So, I thought the problem was a defective microphone and I bought a new one (different model) only to realize the same problem persists! So, I decided to see if the problem was with FCPX vs. my microphone and I realized that if I do the audiorecording with the Quicktime program in my computer then the audio is clean! But if I do it through FCPX then the audio is crackling like crazy! This makes the record audio button for voiceovers in FCP totally ususable for me. I do a lot of voiceovers for my educational videos and this is a critical feature I can't bypass. I can't record in Quictime either. I want to be able to record audio while I'm watching the edit live in order to add it to it. I've tried recording with or without the video running and it's the same problem. Please help me!!


MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
Solved by furrytoes on Mar 18, 2013 4:01 AM Solved

I use  the Blue Yeti USB mic - which I think is a reasonably nice quality mic - http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S

(There's quite a few Amazon reviews to go with that opinion)

 

But I haven't used this mic with FCPX.

I have used it in Logic Pro - and it records fine.

I've heard of a few other crackly-type audio issues with FCPX - which sound like CPU/bandwidth issues - the kind you get in Logic Pro when you overload the CPU (though at least this can be managed)

Reply by BenB on Mar 17, 2013 2:02 PM Helpful

I do professional level work, and am a composer and record instruments and singing voices, too.  So USB is out of the question for me.  For the majority of the VO talent I work with, and my own VO work, I use a Sennheiser e835 mic via a PreSonus Firestudio Project.  My output is via an AJA KONA LHi.

 

What specific brand and model of mic are you using?  Most companies have software preamp controls for them.  We could probably track one down for you to tone down that USB.  Also, be sure you're not right up on that mic, don't get closer than 6 inches.

 

Here's some references for VO work with FCP X, also.

http://www.fcproxuniversity.com/FCPro_X_University/Blog_Archive/Entries/2011/9/2 2_Voice_Over_Work_In_Final_Cut_Pro_X.0.1_2_%28and_some_recording_tricks%29update d_11_11_12.html

 

http://www.macprovideo.com/hub/final-cut/fcp-x-voice-over-editing-short-takes

 

http://www.macprovideo.com/hub/final-cut/fcp-x-voice-over-editing-long-projects

Reply by BenB on Mar 17, 2013 2:17 PM Helpful

Ah, that's a pretty cheap mic.  Don't know what the deal is.  Does it have a level switch on it some where?  Not sure why it is overloading inside FCP X.  There are much better quality mics aournd.  Again, I don't use USB mics, so I can't name a specific brand.  But I'm partial towards Audio-Technica as one of my favorite brands, and they make a nice USB mic.

http://www.sweetwater.com/c981--USB_Microphones

 

But again, I can't really name a specific model that I've actually used.

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  • PitchBlackPony Level 1 Level 1

    I'm experiencing the same sort of thing.  Also thought it was the microphone at first, turns out it is just fcpx's record audio function.  I did a test recording in an older copy of Amadeus on the same machine with the same mic and apogee one audio interface and it turned out as clean as can be.  My hunch is that version of Amadeus uses an earlier version of QT or something.  have you found any solution within fcpx?

  • Endoman99 Level 1 Level 1

    No Man... it's amazing to me that you don't see more people with the same problem... it's clearly a FCPX problem but to my big surprise, not that many people use the record Voiceover function in FCPX or else we would have seen a bigger outcry! RIght now, it's a big pain in the neck as I have to record audio separately and then download, synch, etc... seems like if there's a VoiceOver function in an application that it should work how it's intended to work! It's not your computer either... I"ve tried it on three different MBPs including the new RD and it's all the same crackling noise (overmodulations?!)

    Anyway... if you find an answer it would be nice to post it here... I'm sure others read this too and move  on!

  • BenB Level 6 Level 6

    I record VO work daily inside of FCP X and have never had problems.  Sounds like your gain levels are up too high for FCP X.  Any app that records from a mic can require you tweak the gain level coming in to it.  There is a gain control in the FCP X audio recording window.  Try pulling it down.  Also don't let the levels go up into the red on your meters during recording.

     

    You can also adjust the input gain in the Sound pane of System Preferences.

  • Endoman99 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Ben!

    I'm glad you said that because I wondered. What kind of microphone do you use? Is it a USB microphone? I've tried to reduce the gain but still have had crackling issues.. .furthermore, if I use the internal microphone it's not a problem... only if I use an external USB microphone...

  • BenB Level 6 Level 6

    I do professional level work, and am a composer and record instruments and singing voices, too.  So USB is out of the question for me.  For the majority of the VO talent I work with, and my own VO work, I use a Sennheiser e835 mic via a PreSonus Firestudio Project.  My output is via an AJA KONA LHi.

     

    What specific brand and model of mic are you using?  Most companies have software preamp controls for them.  We could probably track one down for you to tone down that USB.  Also, be sure you're not right up on that mic, don't get closer than 6 inches.

     

    Here's some references for VO work with FCP X, also.

    http://www.fcproxuniversity.com/FCPro_X_University/Blog_Archive/Entries/2011/9/2 2_Voice_Over_Work_In_Final_Cut_Pro_X.0.1_2_%28and_some_recording_tricks%29update d_11_11_12.html

     

    http://www.macprovideo.com/hub/final-cut/fcp-x-voice-over-editing-short-takes

     

    http://www.macprovideo.com/hub/final-cut/fcp-x-voice-over-editing-long-projects

  • Endoman99 Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you Ben. Great points... I'll have to read up it... I'm just using an inexpensive Logitech microphone as it's a simple speech over video for the web... but the crackling currently makes it out of controle.. by the way, I never had any issues previously in iMovie with the same microphones. If you know of a microphone I can connect directly to the computer for use in FCPX (simple set up) that's not way too professional (by expensive I mean +$400) then I would be interested in your recommendation too. Thank you!

  • BenB Level 6 Level 6

    Ah, that's a pretty cheap mic.  Don't know what the deal is.  Does it have a level switch on it some where?  Not sure why it is overloading inside FCP X.  There are much better quality mics aournd.  Again, I don't use USB mics, so I can't name a specific brand.  But I'm partial towards Audio-Technica as one of my favorite brands, and they make a nice USB mic.

    http://www.sweetwater.com/c981--USB_Microphones

     

    But again, I can't really name a specific model that I've actually used.

  • furrytoes Level 2 Level 2

    I use  the Blue Yeti USB mic - which I think is a reasonably nice quality mic - http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S

    (There's quite a few Amazon reviews to go with that opinion)

     

    But I haven't used this mic with FCPX.

    I have used it in Logic Pro - and it records fine.

    I've heard of a few other crackly-type audio issues with FCPX - which sound like CPU/bandwidth issues - the kind you get in Logic Pro when you overload the CPU (though at least this can be managed)

  • TRM69 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi,

     

    yesterday I received my Apogee MiC and today I tried Voice Over in Final Cut Pro X (FCPX).
    I have exactly the same problems with the crackles - is there any solution available yet?

     

    I have an iMac 27", 8 GB RAM, 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion

     

    Thanks for any information.

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6

    I have a USB Rode Podcaster that has worked fine with legacy versions of Final Cut.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/450171-REG/Rode_PODCASTER_Podcaster_USB_Br oadcast_Microphone.html

     

    I can report the same issue after testing in FCP X????

    This is very annoying.

     

    We should all report this to Apple Feedback.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/finalcutpro.html

     

    Al

  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6

    Update:

     

    Got mine sorted out.

     

    In my case the solution is to select Mono-Channel 1 from the Input Device options in the FCP X Record Audio window.

     

    I suspect that the static is caused by selecting Stereo-Channels 1 & 2 when using a mono mic.

     

    Al

  • TRM69 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Alchroma,

     

    thanks for reply. I tested what you suggested. It works!

    If I switch the Apogee MiC from Stereo to Mono than everything works well, no crackles anymore.

     

    That helped, thanks a lot!

  • Amosbadamos Level 1 Level 1

    I just got a mac mini with the I7 processor. At this point I haven't added any memory. I'm recording acoustic guitar with 2 Beyerdynamic mics running into a Presonus Audiobus USB. I'm getting the 'crackling' sound uning both Garage Band and Studio one software.

     

    I did not get the crackling sound when recording mono. What I want to do is pan mic one to one track and mic 2 to another track. Once that can be accomplished without any crackling sound, I want to be able to pan the individual tracks to get a good stereo sound. I'm running:

     

    mic one mono to track 1 and

    mic two mono to track 2

     

    I am not an experienced recording person. I am learning. Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated!