[HISTORY] F. A. McKenzie, The Tragedy of Korea - availle

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Post by Expatriate » July 28th, 2019, 10:36 pm

Though I am puzzled. The wave form looks absolutely normal, and I can listen to my Audacity recording without adjusting the volume. I was mostly worried that the new microphone was produced a slight tinniness. So I will have to figure out how to address the problems you mention, since they don't show up in my recording and playback...

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Post by Availle » July 28th, 2019, 11:16 pm

I have taken a very quick look at the waveform, and while there does not seem to be any clipping in the few parts that I checked, it is indeed way too loud. In a normal, 89dB recording, the waves should be around the 0.5 mark in audacity - yours are just below 1.0. Indeed, mp3gain confirms what Larry said - 97.6dB... :?

It's best to try and reduce the mic gain from the start to avoid that the waves are clipping (which is not fixable in post processing). This might also take care of the tinny sound you mention - it is noticable but not distracting I think.


As for pronunciation of the Korean place names, that's indeed a tough call and completely up to you. Personally I tend towards using the pronunciation that is now in modern use; just because the author couldn't find a good way to write Pyoengyang doesn't mean he didn't hear/say it the same way as we do today. But as I said, whatever you choose to do.

As a side remark, I believe I read somewhere that Peking is/was the Cantonese to the Mandarin Beijing. :D And the reason that most foreigners used Peking in the first place was because they most often met Cantonese speakers (Hong Kong, Macau come to mind). Not sure about that though.
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Post by silverquill » July 29th, 2019, 9:17 am

Hey, Expat! Thanks for the interesting and enlightening discussion. :D Let's just say Westerners have always struggle with Asian names, and usually get them wrong. Even more problematic is trying to write then in non-Asian script. There is just no good way to write Korean. Is it Pusan or Busan? Or Fusan? Well, it is neither. And how to represent the different vowels? Japanese is, thankfully, a little easier to represent.

So, do the old spellings also represent old pronunciations? Or, just variant spellings? Who knows? So, carry on as best you see fit.

As to the tech issue, I think Ava's comments are helpful. Back down on the input audio gain. I'm not a sound engineer either, but do some trials until you get a good result. Feel free to send some samples if that will help.

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Post by Availle » October 2nd, 2019, 4:08 am

Expatriate - are you alright?

I'm used to you breeezing through your solos, so I'm slightly worried as there hasn't been progress over summer. :?
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Post by Expatriate » October 2nd, 2019, 4:44 am

That was the old days; life is too complicated for much breezing these days.

But I never abandon a project. Will resume ASAP.

Thanks for asking...

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Post by Expatriate » December 21st, 2019, 4:12 pm

Section 01 RE-posted (new microphone, etc.; hopefully OK):

https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/tragedyofkorea_01_mckenzie_128kb.mp3

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Post by Availle » December 21st, 2019, 6:11 pm

So glad to have you back! :clap:
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Post by Expatriate » December 21st, 2019, 6:14 pm

:o)

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Post by silverquill » December 21st, 2019, 10:43 pm

I had faith in you!
I will PL as soon as I can.
Lots of overtime this month, but the end is in sight, so time should loosen up a bit.

~Larry


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Post by Expatriate » December 23rd, 2019, 6:49 am

Just when I get rolling again, new tech problems. Very frustrating.

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Post by silverquill » December 27th, 2019, 1:30 pm

Well, I wanted to get started on these, and the reading of the first chapter is just fine.

The big problem is the volume. As soon as I opened it in Audacity, the whole screen was blue, and measuring the volume, it came to a whopping 98.5 dB. I had to amplify it down by 9dB just to listen to it. Our target is 89dB with a range of 86-92 dB. I use a little program called Checker, written for LV, to check the volume and other LV specs. You can find it here:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Newbie_Guide_to_Recording Alll of these will need the volume adjustment and uploaded again. In the mean time, I will try to get the listening done.

Interesting opening chapter. The story of the US Sherman, a converted war ship, is well-known. The mentioned Englishman was actually a Welchman, Robert Germaine Thomas, ofter referred to as the first Protestant martyr in Korea, with a fascinating aftermath. And, I've visited many of the martydome sites and memorials in Korea. Truly horrfic stories.

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Post by Expatriate » December 27th, 2019, 1:52 pm

I have no idea what's going on. On my laptop, volume is completely normal, and the volume profile looks fine (see image). I'm using the same mic and settings I always used before this summer. I have no idea what's happening. It's surreal that you're seeing/hearing something totally different from what I'm seeing/hearing.

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