Recording NotesPlease read this post CAREFULLY, and follow these requests, it makes life SO much easier for the volunteers responsible for file management. Thanks!1. META DATA
It is enormously helpful if you will:
- save your file with the correct file name (see the post where you signed up for your chapter)
- add the correct and consistent ID3 tags for title, artist, and album, if the project calls for them (see the post where you signed up for your chapter)
- if you make a mistake, that's no problem. Tags can be fixed by the meta coordinator (MC) before cataloging, but it is good to have them right from the start.2. FILE FORMAT
- please record your chapters in mono mode, with only one track instead of two (stereo).
- export your audio files to mp3 128kbps
- Make sure your "sample rate" is 44100 (the default for most recording software)3. INTRO
- Please introduce ALL recordings for LibriVox by saying:
"[Chapter #] of [Book title]. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox.org"
- if you wish, say:
"Recording by [your name]
- say:"[book name], by [author name], (translated by [translator's name]), chapter [number and title]"4. END OF RECORDING
- at the end of each chapter, say:"End of chapter [X]"
- at the end of the book, say:"End of [book name]"
- if you wish, say:"recorded by [your name], [your blog, podcast, web address] , [city], [date]"
- leave 5 seconds of silence at the end of the file (10 seconds if your file is longer than 30 minutes)5. PLAYBACK VOLUME/BACKGROUND NOISE
(Check out http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Newbie_Guide_to_Recording#Recording
Please listen through headphones
and check your playback volume to make sure your recording is audible and consistent with other LibriVox chapters.
You can check your file's volume in 3 ways:
1. Using the Checker
program. The volume will be in the "information" tab.
2. Using MP3Gain
. Please do not use this to adjust
your file; only to measure it.
3. Using the ReplayGain
plug-in for Audacity. A little information on how to install and use it is here.
We aim for 89 dB, but generally anything between about 87-91 is OK.
-- If your volume is low, please be sure your microphone is properly selected by your computer and that you record with your input volume high enough (usually the 3/4 mark).
-- If it is loud and a bit distorted, it is probably "clipping," in which case, please record with a slightly lower input volume than the current setting.
If you have already recorded, and your volume is too low, please increase the gain or use the "amplify" function in your sound editing software. Check also for overt background noise -- a little is fine
, but it shouldn't be so loud that it's distracting. To remove excessive background noise, try Audacity's noise removal filter
. It's free, it's easy, and it improves your recording. 6. TRANSFERRING FILES [updated August 2013]
Please use the LibriVox Uploader:http://librivox.org/login/uploader
(Or if you have a BC or DPL login/password to the workflow, use that. If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)You'll need to select the MC, whose initials appear at the end of the project thread title.
If in doubt, just ask!
Click the Browse Button; locate the audio file on your computer; click Upload
When the file finishes uploading, the screen will show a link to your file. Copy that link and paste it into a post on the project thread.7. TIPS & ADVICE
For more tips on reading and recording books, see:Newbie Guide to Recording