SOLO [dracula's guest and other weird stories] by [Bram Stoker]

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am1033
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Post by am1033 » May 8th, 2018, 2:04 pm

Dracula's Guest and other weird stories by Bram Stoker (1847 - 1912).


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  • Text source (only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10150/10150-h/10150-h.htm
  • Type of proof-listening required (Note: please read the PL FAQ): standard



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    This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and reader (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.
    • Project Code: q3r2xyJ8
    • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Bram Stoker) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker
    • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available):
    • Number of sections (files) this project will have:
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  • Example filename draculasguestandotherweirdstories_##_stoker_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. draculasguestandotherweirdstories_01_stoker_128kb.mp3)
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    Title: ## - [Section title]
    Album: Dracula's Guest and other weird stories


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Post by TriciaG » May 8th, 2018, 5:52 pm

Welcome!

Please, PLEASE, before embarking on a solo, do two things:

(1) We do STRONGLY encourage a one-minute test (LINK) to check your technical settings. It's not an audition, but to make sure you're exporting at the correct bit rate, have your recording in mono, etc. It would be a shame to record a whole section, only to have to scrap it and redo it because of some simple setting that is incorrect.

(2) Claim, record, and get OK'd at least one section in a group project. This is to make sure you know what you're getting into. Recording a whole book isn't as easy as it seems. It isn't simply sitting down and recording. There's editing to do - and that often can take up to 5 times as long as recording does. In my experience, a ballpark estimate of 95% of brand new readers who start with a solo end up quitting before finishing. Please test the waters first before jumping in. :) Not only that, you're basically alone in a solo: you are the coordinator, and unless you have a very friendly DPL, you won't get much encouragement while doing your solo.

P.S. This is already recorded as a group project. That's not to say you cannot do it, but some people prefer not to record something that's already been recorded, so I thought I'd mention it.
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Post by TriciaG » May 10th, 2018, 5:59 am

Hello again!

I see you posted one of these stories in the Short Horror & Ghost Story Collection. That's fine, except for two things:

1) You cannot use the same recording in two projects. So if you are still planning on doing this as a solo project, you cannot use that recording in this project.

2) Your tech specs are incorrect on the recording you submitted.
- Bit rate is variable; it needs to be 128 kbps constant
- Sample rate is 48,000 Hz; needs to be 44,100 Hz
- Also, you have a lot of background noise that will need to be addressed.

This is why we ask you to do the 1-minute test. It is possible that the recording you just made cannot be cleaned up easily, so you may have to re-record it after adjusting your settings. :(

Please post that story link over in the Listeners & Editors Wanted forum, and someone will work with you to get the settings fixed up. Include what software you're using (is it Audacity?) and what kind of microphone you're using.

Thanks!
Fiction, open sections mostly adventure in Australia: It Is Never too Late to Mend
Irish Home Rule Arguments: Handbook on Home Rule
Sci-Fi removing memories: Dr. Heidenhoff's Process

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Post by TriciaG » May 11th, 2018, 5:18 pm

Moving this to book suggestions to keep the Launch Pad tidy. Feel free to post any additional questions you may have. :)
Fiction, open sections mostly adventure in Australia: It Is Never too Late to Mend
Irish Home Rule Arguments: Handbook on Home Rule
Sci-Fi removing memories: Dr. Heidenhoff's Process

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