Camtasia 8.0 Audio Harsh, Less Forgiving Than Previous Versions?

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Today I rendered AVI sub-clips towards end project and the audio (44.1K 16 bit mono) sounded rather harsh as compared to previous versions. The volume on my system was the same as always, the volume slider in Camtasia was mid-way up.

I have a deadline tomorrow, so I will reduce all of the project WAV tracks and re-render the clips at reduced levels as it seems less forgiving now.

NOTE: I have always (10 yrs) produced the audio in SoundForge and then imported them. Very familiar with how they are supposed to sound like. Just seems needlessly brittle using version 8.0 IMHO; anybody else find this? Thanks
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You sound more accomplished at this than me, but, I did see a post or one of the Camtasia videos where they suggested much higher values than the 44.1 setting...something up in the mid 100s perhaps?
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Thanks for reply. 16 bit - 44.1K is CD quality already.To make it the best it can be, I keep the work at this level until the final rendering which has to be something lesser, like 22,050K WAV or 44.1K as mp3.

I'm re-rendering it now with the Volume Down 1 click as that was the fastest way to see if there is a difference.

I work hard to have clean audio and it pays off. This sounds like a stage in the software is just a bit too hot and it makes the sound harsh.
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Testing today reveals that CS 7.1 renders with the expected clean audio. I will be porting my rendered CS 8.0 AVI sub-clips over to run through CS 7.1 until this situation improves.

EDIT: I must confess some of these WAV clips sound harsh thru 7.1. Yet they sound fine in SoundForge.

The only changes in recording here is a desktop mic stand on the RH side of desk instead of a floor mic stand on the LH side (used for years). It may have changed the distance or axis to mic to cause this issue.

Will apply level and/or corrections to WAV and advise.
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I re-recorded 1 clip and applied a process to all WAVs. Can live with it. I've got to get used to the new mic setup because it introduced a harshness you can't see because it doesn't register on the level meters. (just the ears)

All good now.

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