Kitty wrote: ↑
January 19th, 2020, 1:54 am
ok Shanna, I had a listen to your story now and it was SO funny. I was on to that guy from Maine after his second con.
A very entertaining story. And you have read it very nicely, very fluently and agreeably to listen to.
The only thing I may mention in your reading style is that compared to the previous reader Dan, your pauses in between sentences could actually be a tiny bit longer sometimes. It does have a bit of a rushed feeling in some parts. Leaving a second of silence in between sentences, or at least when a new paragraph starts, would make it easier on a listener to follow, so they can collect their thoughts and assimilate what is being said. I don't mean pauses over 2 seconds, that's too much (as I mentioned in my previous feedback to Dan), but a tiny bit more would be optimal. That said, you don't need to correct any pauses here, it's fine, but I mentioned it for your further recordings as a sort of suggestion
Gotcha! I read your suggestions to Dan and I understand.
I have a few notes to correct though. But don't worry, you don't have to re-record it all again ! Please don't do that, it's too much work - I mention it because we had some new readers re-record an entire section just for one error in a sentence - this is not encouraged ! Best to learn editing from the start.
That's what I need to learn for sure.
So here is what you need to edit:
> the whole section could use a round of noise-cleaning
as there is some background hum. Are you using Audacity ? It's easy to noiseclean, if you need help with that, I can give you a step-by-step
I did the noise cleaning as you suggested.
> your volume
is just on the lower accepted range at about 86 dB. But the intro is way softer than the rest. I would suggest highlighting the intro part and amplifying it by 9 dB
Help! I don't know how to accomplish this.
> from 0:00-0:05
: with 5 seconds the intro silence
is way too long, people will start to think there is no audio at all in the file. We recommend 0.5-1 second maximum
before starting the intro disclaimer
> at 0:38
: for the author please say "by
J. D. Ellsworth"
> at 3:16
: (p. 26) "whose strict prohibition principles deprived
them of the gracious influence" - you say "derived
" which is a change of meaning. So here I would suggest re-recording the short part of the sentence. Record it in another window, then copy/paste it over to the right spot. Maybe adjust the volume and noise-cleaning a bit so it sounds a bit similar to the rest of the sentence
Wow. Can't believe I did that, it's fixed now.
> at 5:25
: (p. 27) "I wouldn't dare (cough
) to take water (cough
)" - our policy is actually to read what the author wrote
and not "act it out". We do that in our drama section if you are interested in playing a role. I'm sure you would fit right in there.
But in prose texts it's usually not done.
Got it. I fixed the coughs. I would love to try the drama section out! I'll take a look thanks so much for the suggestion. I hope I fit in!
> at 7:10
: "end of the Black Cat..." etc
. you can cut all of this out
, as it's actually only suppose to be said at the end of the very last section of the book. (which I noted in the first post) So only the reader of Section 8 has to say it in this case
thanks, a great start. These small PL notes are actually really easy to correct, so don't worry.
If you need any help, please ask.