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Post by lynies » August 12th, 2017, 5:14 pm

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Post by philchenevert » August 12th, 2017, 6:03 pm

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Post by loon » August 13th, 2017, 5:59 am

lynies / Caitlin

Section 7 - "The Wheat-Field" - PL OK

"Checker" reports your recording has some DC bias so I zoomed in on the silence at the end of your track and looked at the waveform. Yep - the waveform spends much more of its time below zero volts than above. When I cranked my headphone volume all the way up I could hear 60 Hz hum as well.

I haven't listened to sections 21 and 33 yet but I'm betting they will be the same.

Note that both of these audio flaws are much quieter than your voice so they aren't affecting the intelligibility of your recording. You can fix these (slight) problems in future recordings pretty easily, so even though it's not strictly necessary, why not? I'll describe the fixes in Audacity - if you use some other audio editing program it probably has similarly-named functions.

To fix the DC bias in Audacity you can use the "Normalize" effect or the "High Pass Filter" effect - I prefer the latter. In my copy of Audacity the high pass filter is in the Plug-Ins submenu at the bottom of the Effects list. Setting the frequency box in the high pass filter to 15 or 20 Hz will get rid of that DC and some other very low frequency stuff.

The Audacity "Notch Filter" effect can be used to reduce 60 Hz hum - set the notch frequency to 60.0 and the 'Q' to some moderately high number such as 10. Since the notch filter is working with frequencies you can hear it shouldn't be used willy-nilly. In this case, however, using the notch filter gives a small improvement. Hum in recordings usually comes from the computer power supply, so if you're using a laptop to record you can try running off battery power during the recoding step and plug your computer back into the AC outlet once your track is recorded.

The dog wants his morning walk so I'll get to your other two sections in a little while.
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Post by loon » August 13th, 2017, 7:09 am

Phil -
I'm confused about the state of the Magic Window. Has it been rearranged?

lynies read "At the Little Boy's Home" as section 21. I see it's now #14 in the Magic Window. This section is after "The Quacky Duck" in the Gutenberg eBook. "The Qucaky Duck" has been read by realisticspeakers as section 20 (on June 26th) and I marked it as PL OK (on June 28th). Now "The Quacky Duck" is listed as section 21 "ready for PL".
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Post by loon » August 13th, 2017, 7:23 am

Phil -
I keep local copies of each section as it comes in until the book is made public at librivox.org. From the filenames and what each reader announces the section to be -

"Little John Bottlejohn" should be section 14 (PL OK)
"A Fortune" should be section 15 (needs fixes)
"The Stars" should be section 16 (PL OK)
"Buttercup Gold" should be section 17 (PL OK)
"The Patient Cat" should be section 18 (PL OK)
"Alice's Supper" should be section 19 (PL OK)
"The Quacky Duck" should be section 20 (PL OK)
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Post by philchenevert » August 13th, 2017, 7:44 am

loon wrote:Phil -
I keep local copies of each section as it comes in until the book is made public at librivox.org. From the filenames and what each reader announces the section to be -

"Little John Bottlejohn" should be section 14 (PL OK)
"A Fortune" should be section 15 (needs fixes)
"The Stars" should be section 16 (PL OK)
"Buttercup Gold" should be section 17 (PL OK)
"The Patient Cat" should be section 18 (PL OK)
"Alice's Supper" should be section 19 (PL OK)
"The Quacky Duck" should be section 20 (PL OK)
I do not know what happened. The sections are very touchy and can be 'moved' my mistake perhaps that hppened. I will try to fix all of this today. Thanks for the help.
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Post by loon » August 13th, 2017, 8:04 am

lynies / Caitlin -
Section 21 (but it's currently listed as 14 in the Magic Window) - "At the Little Boy's Home" - I'd like to see some fixes.

Your background noise is worse than in "The Wheat Field" - I'm hearing what I think is your computer fan - are your computer and mic sitting on the same table? The computer can shake the desktop and that can shake the mic if they are all touching. Fortunately, you can do a bit of processing to make the recording quite a bit cleaner.

I opened your section in Audacity and ran the high pass filter (frequency = 20.0, rolloff = 6dB/octave) to reduce the DC offset and low frequency stuff.
I then ran a notch filter (frequency = 60.0, Q = 10).
There was still a spike of noise at 120 Hz (two times North American AC frequency) so I ran the notch filter once more (frequency = 60.0, Q = 10).
I saved this as a new .mp3 and switched back and forth listening to the original and my version. With headphones at a loud-but-not-uncomfortable volume I could hear low rumbly-grumbly noise between words in the original vs. quite a bit less of that in my edited version.

Can you please run the fixes I've suggested and upload the section again (perhaps after the chapter numbering in the Magic Window is restored)? Your reading itself is just fine and will be an easy PL OK after you've cleaned up the noise a bit. Thanks!

By the way, "Checker" reports the overall section volume as 90.2 dB in your original and 89.7 dB after the rumbles are removed. Both of those numbers are near the center of the LibriVox acceptable range.
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Post by loon » August 13th, 2017, 8:14 am

Section 33 - "The Burning House" - PL OK

The noise in this section is much like in your recording of "The Wheat Field" and much quieter than in "At the Little Boy's Home" - you must have recorded the middle one on a different day, eh?

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Post by philchenevert » August 13th, 2017, 8:31 am

Rich. Is the Magic Window fixed now? I think it is OK but another pair of eyes is better. :D
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Post by philchenevert » August 13th, 2017, 8:36 am

Lynies / Caitlin -
Section 21 (but it's currently listed as 14 in the Magic Window) - "At the Little Boy's Home" - I'd like to see some fixes.

Your background noise is worse than in "The Wheat Field" - I'm hearing what I think is your computer fan - are your computer and mic sitting on the same table? The computer can shake the desktop and that can shake the mic if they are all touching. Fortunately, you can do a bit of processing to make the recording quite a bit cleaner.
Hi Caitlin - would you like a little video showing you how to reduce that annoying hum ? What Loon says is right but sometimes a little video can make things clearer. I listen by the way and you do indeed have a wonderful reading voice.
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Post by loon » August 13th, 2017, 8:36 am

philchenevert wrote:Rich. Is the Magic Window fixed now? I think it is OK but another pair of eyes is better. :D
It looks good to me.
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Post by PatsyAnn » August 16th, 2017, 8:37 am

Hi Phil,
Here is Section 09
https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenevert/thepigbrother_09_richards_128kb.mp3
Time: 3.49
Hope it's OK.
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Post by loon » August 16th, 2017, 8:54 am

Pat -
I'll be home in ~6 hours and will proof listen then. Thanks!
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Post by loon » August 16th, 2017, 4:00 pm

PatsyAnn wrote:Hi Phil,
Here is Section 09
https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenevert/thepigbrother_09_richards_128kb.mp3
Time: 3.49
Hope it's OK.
Pat, you had an extra "The Pig Brother, and Other Fables and Stories, by Laura E. Richards" at the beginning of your recording. Then you doubled back and read the normal intro. This isn't anything serious - you got all the important information in. The rest of your recording is just fine as well.

Section 09 - "The Apron String" - PL OK

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