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Post Posted:: March 20th, 2017, 2:59 pm 
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A new reader has posted this link in a project:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_sherlholmesmd.mp3

I don't have time tonight to check it. Could someone else please do so?

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Post Posted:: March 20th, 2017, 3:21 pm 

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Thanks, Tricia.

The file has the correct technical settings. :thumbs:

The audio is too soft, the volume is measured at 78 dB (with target of 89 dB).

If amplified, the audio's background noise would need cleaning. It would probably be better if the reader re-records the test with a higher gain ("Recording Volume"), trying to get at least closer to the target volume.

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Post Posted:: March 22nd, 2017, 7:54 pm 

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Hi there! Thanks for the feedback. Could either of you let me know if this one is any better, please? I had previously reduced the microphone level after reading the wiki. Apparently my microphone isn't as sensitive.

Sorry for the trouble. I tried downloading the Checker program, but it seems to take issue with the Java I have installed (despite uninstalling and reinstalling Java). :?

Thank you! :)

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Post Posted:: March 22nd, 2017, 8:35 pm 
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Now the volume is higher -- in fact it is a little bit on the loud side (92.9dB), so you can probably turn it down a little bit on the microphone :thumbs: You can also make adjustments to the volume in Audacity (select the whole recording, click Effects > Amplify and amplify with a negative value, in this case amplifying by -3 or so should give you a good volume).

There is some background hum. If you are able to prevent it from getting in to the recording in the first place, that is always best (if you record on a laptop, let it run on batterier, turn off other things that might be running close to where you are recording). You can also reduce the background noise in Audacity (if that is what you use):

Select a few seconds of background noise only (no speech) and click Effect | Noise Reduction | Get Profile. Then select the whole recording (Ctrl+A), click Effect | Noise Reduction again, and use settings:

Noise Reduction: 10 dB
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency smoothing (bands) 6

and click OK.

Please tinker with this recording or make a new one to lower the volume a little bit and reduce the background hum. Save, upload, and post again in this thread. You are doing well! :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: March 26th, 2017, 5:47 pm 

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Hello again! I hope that this time around, the recording settings and audio will be much better. :hmm: If not, then... :help:

Here is the link.

Thanks again!

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Post Posted:: March 26th, 2017, 6:11 pm 
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Yes, much better! The volume is good now and there is less room hum :)

If you'd like to reduce the background hum further, you can pass it once (more?) through the noisereduction effect. It is acceptable the way it is now, so you can try the noise reduction, if you'd like, and see if you prefer with or without :thumbs: I'll mark you as PL OK, and you can head over to the Readers Wanted forum(s) so you can find something interesting to claim! Please just ask if you have questions :D

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