Voice Narration and Recorder don't record at the same level (Camtasia 9.0.1 Windows)

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I have noticed that in Camtasia 9.0.1 for Windows, the audio level in recordings made with the Voice Narration feature are significantly lower than in recordings made with the Camtasia Recorder, given exactly the same input, mic, and level setting (100%).

Has anyone else noticed this level disparity between the two recording UIs? Any hints or resolutions? Any reason that this behavior would be a feature rather than a bug?

I'm running Windows 10 Pro (but not Anniversary Edition, an earlier build) on a Lenovo T440 laptop. I see the effect using both the on-the-laptop and on-the-docking-station USB ports. Oh, right, this level disparity is replicable with both a Blue Snowball and an Audio Technica AT2020USB PLUS mic.

I'm finding this issue slows me down in making finished videos. It makes Voice Narration not particularly usable (can't match the same audio properties/background noise level is relatively higher), and I have to go back to the Recorder every time I want to do a short audio snippet to fix some problem in my original voice-over. Many more steps.
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kayakman, Champion

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I can't reproduce your issue

I work off a Lenovo T430 laptop, Win 10 Pro Anniversaty, , using an AT 2020 USB mic

for me, in CS9, the levels between Recorder capture and voice narration captures are virtually indistinguishable in the project, and in produced video

I will note that the level disparity was a major issue when I used CS8

maybe contact tech support
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Hi there

The only explanation I can think of is that the voice narration recorder is part of the Camtasia Editor application and the voice recording at the time you are screencasting is handled by the Camtasia Recording application.

Sorry, but aside from just launching the screen recorder again to record the fixes, I don't have a recommendation.

I did see a screencast once that suggested having a "dog clicker" nearby. I've followed that approach myself. What I do is to have it under my left hand as I'm recording the screencast. When you stumble, click the dog clicker. Then regroup and repeat what you stumbled over. Then during the editing process you look at the audio waveform to quickly find the spikes where you clicked. That helps with locating the bad spots so you may chop them out of the recording.

Cheers... Rick :)
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one possible workaround would be to use Recorder for voice narration ...

https://www.screencast.com/t/OUERpVCK
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Thanks, kayakman, for both the screencast about a workaround with the Recorder (lots of good ideas in there!) and (especially) for the repro attempt with very similar setup. Knowing this, I agree that the next step would be Tech Support as it seems to be not a generic Camtasia 9.0.1 software problem but rather something different about our respective hardware/software environments.

And thanks Rick. I don't have a dog clicker but have just been tapping on the mic to make spikes. Less elegant, I admit, but I'm new at this and still building up my toolchest!
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I have the same issue using the Mac version (Camtasia 3.0.4). My Voice Narration is significantly lower than my regular recording. It stinks because I don't have the best studio, so to get rid of some of theĀ echo, I'm always adding a Noise Removal effect to my audio and bumping the Sensitivity up to 10, but when I need to add the same effect to my Voice Narrations, it all but silencesĀ them. It seems to have a much more dramatic effect on the Voice Narrations than on the regular recordings--so double whammy: lower volume and challenging audio effects.