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Post by blueskies » January 7th, 2019, 5:00 am

Hi to all of you beautiful voices! I'm Elizabeth, living in Maine, and delighted to be part of this wonderful community as a recently retired software engineer. One of the best parts of retirement is having unlimited time to read. I believe in the power of voice, so LibriVox is probably the perfect retirement project. Although I grew up primarily in New England, as a kid I lived on both coasts, and so don't have a specific NE accent. In fact, many people have said I sound like I'm from the midwest, an area in which I've never lived, which baffles me.

I also read for the Human Voicebank. I'm taking time to read and learn on this forum and wiki, and listen to some of the catalog before starting my first project. My setup is a Blue Snowball iCE on macOS using either GarageBand or Audacity. See you in the threads.
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Post by annise » January 7th, 2019, 5:07 am

Good approach. You could do the "1 minute test" in case your setup needs tweaking (it is not an audition) and then if something comes up you'd love to read for, you could jump in, If you've not done recording and editing before I'd suggest something short first up.
As to accents - it is my theory that the only person in the world who doesn't have an accent is me. and everyone else has one. And it's great. :D


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