Feedback on the Acon trial so far

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KVRer
4 posts since 5 May, 2021

Post Tue May 04, 2021 5:56 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm a lecturer who has started teaching online courses due to COVID-19. I started doing very basic video editing on my lectures to polish them up before release. However, I've noticed that, from a production perspective, improving audio quality is the next big gain, much more so than video quality.

Because of this, I've started trials for a bunch of different restoration programmes including Acon Digital's acoustica. I think that I like the plugins; however, it can be hard to tell because of the audio cutting in and out as a feature of the plugin design. That fact does make A/B comparisons harder for my untrained ears because, as a maths lecturer, I'll speak for a sentence or two, then write a bit, then go back to speaking and so forth.

The developers might want to keep this in mind: as a lecturer trialing the product, I'd prefer a 14 trial with full functionality than a 30 day trial without the ability to save. I totally get why this is more difficult to implement without people pirating your software. However, if there were an option to pay a non-refundable deposit to use the trial with the ability to save, that would be very helpful. Then I could just go about editing my lectures and see how it goes.

I'll have a couple questions on how to get the most out of the software, which I'll put in another post.

But for now, I'll point out some things I have liked about Acoustica: Extract Dialogue works. Deverberate 2 is a bit tricky to tune but seems to remove more reverb than the more expensive Accusonus plugin. The spectral display is new to me (as is everything related to audio processing) but I already find it helpful. You've already knocked some of the other candidates off the list.

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KVRian
1148 posts since 1 Jan, 2005 from Norway

Post Tue May 11, 2021 1:22 am

Hi!
DeliciousRoastPotato wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 5:56 pm
I'm a lecturer who has started teaching online courses due to COVID-19. I started doing very basic video editing on my lectures to polish them up before release. However, I've noticed that, from a production perspective, improving audio quality is the next big gain, much more so than video quality.

Because of this, I've started trials for a bunch of different restoration programmes including Acon Digital's acoustica. I think that I like the plugins; however, it can be hard to tell because of the audio cutting in and out as a feature of the plugin design. That fact does make A/B comparisons harder for my untrained ears because, as a maths lecturer, I'll speak for a sentence or two, then write a bit, then go back to speaking and so forth.

The developers might want to keep this in mind: as a lecturer trialing the product, I'd prefer a 14 trial with full functionality than a 30 day trial without the ability to save. I totally get why this is more difficult to implement without people pirating your software. However, if there were an option to pay a non-refundable deposit to use the trial with the ability to save, that would be very helpful. Then I could just go about editing my lectures and see how it goes.
Thanks for testing out Acoustica! Please be aware that you can use Acoustica for 30 days free of charge and that the internal tools don't mute the audio like the plug-ins do. Please use the Enhancement menu instead of the Plug-ins menu. Unfortunately, DeVerberate 2 isn't part of Acoustica, so this will have the occasional muting.
DeliciousRoastPotato wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 5:56 pm
I'll have a couple questions on how to get the most out of the software, which I'll put in another post.

But for now, I'll point out some things I have liked about Acoustica: Extract Dialogue works. Deverberate 2 is a bit tricky to tune but seems to remove more reverb than the more expensive Accusonus plugin. The spectral display is new to me (as is everything related to audio processing) but I already find it helpful. You've already knocked some of the other candidates off the list.
Thanks, glad to hear that you could improve your audio with Acoustica.

Best,
Stian

KVRer

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4 posts since 5 May, 2021

Post Tue May 18, 2021 10:07 pm

The feedback to use the internal tool is helpful. Thanks!

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KVRian
1148 posts since 1 Jan, 2005 from Norway

Post Tue May 18, 2021 11:03 pm

DeliciousRoastPotato wrote:
Tue May 18, 2021 10:07 pm
The feedback to use the internal tool is helpful. Thanks!
Thanks, good to hear!

Best,
Stian

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