COMPLETE: At the Back of the North Wind, G.MacDonald - CL/ry

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Post by Bookworm » July 30th, 2006, 5:44 pm

lyra211,

Could I claim chapters 34 & 35? I had a lot of fun with the last one.

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Post by arctura » July 30th, 2006, 5:52 pm

May I do chapter 26?

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Post by lyra211 » July 30th, 2006, 5:56 pm

Thanks very much for your recording, Bookworm!
I love your reading -- will look forward to hearing you around LibriVox. ;-)
Please feel free to take more chapters if you like, and thanks again!
Meredith

P.S. Your Old Diamond voice is indeed fantastic -- sounds very horsey and made me laugh!

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Post by lyra211 » July 30th, 2006, 6:01 pm

Bookworm: 34 & 35 are yours
arctura: have fun with 26, and welcome to LibriVox!

Meredith

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Post by lyra211 » July 30th, 2006, 6:58 pm

one more post from me tonight...

A note to potential readers:
Chapters 15-20 are once again up for grabs, so we're not actually fully subscribed as it appeared earlier tonight! Please feel free to claim chapters 15-20.

Meredith

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Post by arctura » July 31st, 2006, 5:47 am

Meredith--

Chapter 26 is sent in, and the link is http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=136FCCE0544BDE6A .
Will you critique it? The main two things I'm afraid of: Am I not loud enough, and am I slaughtering the placenames?

Arctura

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Post by lyra211 » July 31st, 2006, 6:18 am

Arctura: I got it (thanks!) and will listen and give feedback tonight.

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Post by lyra211 » July 31st, 2006, 4:10 pm

Arctura, it sounds fantastic! You're definitely loud enough (as for the place names, I'm afraid I can't help you with those -- I don't actually know how to pronounce them either! Perhaps there are Brits or Anglophiles on the list who do??)
Can I ask you to make one edit on your own?
At the end of the chapter you should say: "End of Chapter 26" and leave a few seconds of silence.
One recording issue you can probably improve in the future is the presence of pops when you say plosives, like 'p' and 't'. A couple of things you can try:
1) angle the microphone so that you're not speaking directly into it, or point it sideways at your mouth, instead of having it directly in front of you
2) since it is so marvellously loud ;-) you could put the mic farther away from you and it should still be fine, and might improve the popping situation
3) if you're feeling really ambitious, you could make yourself a pop filter out of old stockings and an embroidery frame or coat hanger, and put it between your mouth and the microphone
(for example: http://www.deansabatino.com/2005/08/21/67/ )
But anyway, these are minor issues -- you're a lovely reader, with lots of emotion in your voice, which is great. I'll look forward to hearing you around, and please take more North Wind chapters if you like!
Meredith

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Post by arctura » July 31st, 2006, 8:20 pm

Can I ask you to make one edit on your own?
At the end of the chapter you should say: "End of Chapter 26" and leave a few seconds of silence.
I've uploaded the new version via the "nifty uploader thing"-- has it come through?

Also if someone can tell me how the placenames are meant to be said I don't mind doing the chapter again, but I haven't been able to find much of a guide anywhere, so else I'll leave it.

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Post by raynr » August 1st, 2006, 3:15 pm

Yes, it worked perfectly. Your file is received :D

And don't be afraid about the placenames. If you don't know how to pronounce a name, the best solution is simply to do it as you think it should be done. You just have to awake the impression that you know what you are doing. The listener will not know that you mispronounced them and even if he knows the place, the odds are high that he begins to doubt if he is right...

Rainer
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Post by TheSouthernDandy » August 4th, 2006, 5:01 pm

Sorry for the delay. I'll probably need another go to get it right, but I'd be glad to hear some feedback before I try anything else.


Chapter 36 - 15:57 - 14966 KB

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=DD426E9B4DE0E97D
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Post by Starlite » August 4th, 2006, 6:07 pm

TheSouthernDandy wrote:Sorry for the delay. I'll probably need another go to get it right, but I'd be glad to hear some feedback before I try anything else.


Chapter 36 - 15:57 - 14966 KB

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=DD426E9B4DE0E97D
Hi Matt, I just had a quick listen to your chapter and I must say it sounded WONDERFULL. Love all the character voices with the different accents!

Two pointers though:
1. there is alot of staticy, background noise at the very start of the file which can easily be removed by silencing it. (it sounds as though you were fiddling with the mic to get it into the right position.

2. It requires more silence at the end of the chapter. You have about 3 seconds. Check the first post of this thread to find out how much silence you need to add. Hmm it says 3 seconds but I thought there was talk of leaving a bit more. But your coordinator can confirm this.

All in all a very pleasant recording! :)
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therefore, depends on unreasonable people." George Bernard Shaw

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Post by lyra211 » August 5th, 2006, 7:47 pm

Sounds great, Matt!
(although the above comments are a couple of things to pay attention to...)
I particularly liked your accents -- they really brought the characters to life! Wish I could do convincing British accents like yours. ;-)
Thanks for the recording, and looking forward to hearing your next one.

In other news, my third and final chapter is done and uploaded. Yay!
Meredith

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Post by TheSouthernDandy » August 13th, 2006, 11:07 pm

Thanks! I had a hard time switching between accents on the fly like that, so I'm glad you guys thought it worked okay. Hopefully it adds something for the better and makes the long dialogue easier to understand. I'll make the suggested changes to and resubmit 36 when I finish 37.
Matt

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Post by MermaidMaddie » August 14th, 2006, 3:34 pm

I'd like to do Chapter 15, the Mews, since it's a short one :)
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