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Post by melissabuell » October 29th, 2020, 10:50 am

philchenevert wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 10:37 am
melissabuell wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 8:19 am
Hi!
May I please claim #26 The First New England Christmas?

Thanks!
-Melissa
Welcome to our Christmas project! Yes, that section is all yours to enjoy. Have you picked your catalog name yet? This is how you will be found in our catalog. Many of us use our real names but it is up to you, just let me know.
Thanks! My catalog name is my real name: Melissa Buell.
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Post by loon » October 29th, 2020, 11:08 am

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October 29th, 2020, 10:19 am
Hopefully it's right now. Thanks for the feedback by the way. I'm self-taught and guilty of sticking to the settings I know and not fully understanding the technical blurb so it's really interesting to have some pointers.

Chapter 34 - Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe - is now PL OK. Thanks for your extra work.

Not to worry about being self-taught - if LibriVox required an advanced degree in LibriVox Production there wouldn't be a lot of Readers! (Nor MCs, BCs, DPLs, Covermakers, etc.) (Now - where's that list of LibriVox acronyms??)
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Post by mimi0813 » October 29th, 2020, 11:22 am

Hi,
I would like to record #21 please.

Michelle Thompson

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Post by melissabuell » October 29th, 2020, 11:46 am

-Melissa Buell-

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen, NORTHANGER ABBEY

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Post by philchenevert » October 29th, 2020, 12:39 pm

mimi0813 wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 11:22 am
Hi,
I would like to record #21 please.

Michelle Thompson
Hi Michelle. I have assigned that section to you but before you record it, let's get your 1 minute test approved first. Don't worry, it will be here waiting for you when that happens :D How would you like to be credited in the catalog? What name? Many of us use our real names but it is up to you. Just let me know.
EDIT : you will need to edit this section before uploading it, do you know how to do that? If not it might be wise to do the weekly poem first which is much shorter. You will still have this seciton,just some practice in editing before tackling it.
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Post by loon » October 29th, 2020, 1:55 pm

Melissa -
At the start of the recording there is too much opening silence before you begin the introduction - you've left around 2 3/4 seconds when it should be just somewhere between 1/2 second and 1 second.

Note only: at around 5:50 there's a missing phrase - "in the midst of our hard life" - this does not materially change the story, so I think we can let that go. The next sentence seems to flow smoothly on without it.

Now for a couple things to keep in mind for future chapters

1) Your overall volume is near the lower limit of the LibriVox standard. You could try boosting the volume a small amount - either as you record or with the 'Amplify...' Effect as a part of your editing. Only amplify if you can do so without making the audio clip, however.

2) Your chapter has quite a bit of background noise - this isn't loud enough to make your chapter fail prooflistening, but you can quiet that background stuff (without harming the sound of your voice) with Audacity's Noise Reduction... Effect. Phil has a quick video tutorial on how to use it at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

So, please trim the beginning silence in this chapter and upload it again. I can do a spot check and you should then be OK.
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Post by melissabuell » October 29th, 2020, 3:58 pm

loon wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Melissa -
At the start of the recording there is too much opening silence before you begin the introduction - you've left around 2 3/4 seconds when it should be just somewhere between 1/2 second and 1 second.

Note only: at around 5:50 there's a missing phrase - "in the midst of our hard life" - this does not materially change the story, so I think we can let that go. The next sentence seems to flow smoothly on without it.

Now for a couple things to keep in mind for future chapters

1) Your overall volume is near the lower limit of the LibriVox standard. You could try boosting the volume a small amount - either as you record or with the 'Amplify...' Effect as a part of your editing. Only amplify if you can do so without making the audio clip, however.

2) Your chapter has quite a bit of background noise - this isn't loud enough to make your chapter fail prooflistening, but you can quiet that background stuff (without harming the sound of your voice) with Audacity's Noise Reduction... Effect. Phil has a quick video tutorial on how to use it at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

So, please trim the beginning silence in this chapter and upload it again. I can do a spot check and you should then be OK.

Thanks for the feedback. I watched the video and fixed the noise reduction spots that I could find. I trimmed the beginning of the chapter.
New URL: https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenevert/childrensbookofchristmasstories_26_dickinson_128kb.mp3
-Melissa Buell-

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen, NORTHANGER ABBEY

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Post by loon » October 29th, 2020, 4:52 pm

melissabuell wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Thanks for the feedback. I watched the video and fixed the noise reduction spots that I could find. I trimmed the beginning of the chapter.
New URL: https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenevert/childrensbookofchristmasstories_26_dickinson_128kb.mp3
Oh oh. The noise reduction was way too aggressive! Yes, it mostly removed the noise from the recording, but the settings you used left your voice sounding very thin - like it might have over a decidedly old-tech analog phone. (This also reduced the overall volume quite a bit - almost 6 dB - but that's a different problem.)

I hope you saved the version you first uploaded. If you did, you can just trim down the opening silence - skip doing any noise reduction - and re-upload.

If you've deleted the older version, no worries. I saved your first version on my disk and I could reduce the opening silence and upload it in your stead. Just this once, mind you. Let me know.
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Post by philchenevert » October 29th, 2020, 8:05 pm

Hi Melissa you wrote
Thanks for the feedback. I watched the video and fixed the noise reduction spots that I could find. I trimmed the beginning of the chapter.
This concerns me. Did you apply it repeatedly? You should only do this once. Choose the sample, then apply it to the entire track. I think you may have searched for 'noise' and then repeatedly applied the reduction to the enire track.
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Post by melissabuell » October 29th, 2020, 9:15 pm

philchenevert wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Hi Melissa you wrote
Thanks for the feedback. I watched the video and fixed the noise reduction spots that I could find. I trimmed the beginning of the chapter.
This concerns me. Did you apply it repeatedly? You should only do this once. Choose the sample, then apply it to the entire track. I think you may have searched for 'noise' and then repeatedly applied the reduction to the enire track.
Yes, I applied it to the different spots of noise. The Audacity version I have is different from the one in the video that you gave the demonstration. I tried to apply it by guessing...When I listened back to it, the noise was gone so I thought it was okay.
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Post by loon » October 30th, 2020, 3:49 am

melissabuell wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Yes, I applied it to the different spots of noise. The Audacity version I have is different from the one in the video that you gave the demonstration. I tried to apply it by guessing...When I listened back to it, the noise was gone so I thought it was okay.
The noise reduction effect shouldn't be used multiple times like that. The process should be:
1)take one chunk of the track where you aren't talking and use that as the noise profile, then
2) select the whole track and run the noise reduction one time.
I compared your first and second uploads and your voice sounds better in the first one. I urge you to go back to that first version. Again, let me know if you haven't saved a copy of that version.
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Post by loupo » October 30th, 2020, 5:49 am

Just finished chapter 14

https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenevert/childrensbookofchristmasstories_14_dickinson_128kb.mp3

It's 18 minutes 32.

Thanks for the support. The checker worked a treat.

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Post by philchenevert » October 30th, 2020, 6:13 am

loupo wrote:
October 30th, 2020, 5:49 am
Just finished chapter 14

https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenevert/childrensbookofchristmasstories_14_dickinson_128kb.mp3

It's 18 minutes 32.

Thanks for the support. The checker worked a treat.

Lou
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Post by HLinnae » October 30th, 2020, 7:27 am

I'm reading ch 10, A Story of the Christ-Child, and I'm wondering if/how to include this as the author? "A German legend for Christmas Eve as told by ELIZABETH HARKISON"?
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Post by philchenevert » October 30th, 2020, 7:55 am

HLinnae wrote:
October 30th, 2020, 7:27 am
I'm reading ch 10, A Story of the Christ-Child, and I'm wondering if/how to include this as the author? "A German legend for Christmas Eve as told by ELIZABETH HARKISON"?
A good question. Please read it just as you have it above, that would be fine. :D
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