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ncbeckus
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Post by ncbeckus » February 4th, 2018, 6:22 pm

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

I don't know if this is the correct forum, but I've created a test recording, the URL is above. When I try to Upload the file, nothing really happens so I can't tell if it uploaded. I've tried several times in two different browsers, Firefox and Safari.

tovarisch
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Post by tovarisch » February 4th, 2018, 8:01 pm

Hello, Nancy!

Welcome to LibriVox! Good to have you with us. :)

Thanks for the test. I needs some fixing, but it's not hard and you should be able to accomplish it in minutes.

Yes, this is the correct forum, and your file has been uploaded in the right place! :thumbs:

Now, to your test... First, the recording is in stereo. When you record it, do you see two tracks with waveforms? If you do, you need to change your settings to record in Mono. In Audacity you go to Preferences (Command+P, or Ctrl+P) and in Devices, Recordings, set "Channels" to "1 - Mono".

The existing recording can be converted to Mono by means of Tracks -> Mix -> Mix Stereo down to Mono.

Second, your volume is on the low side. For the future you might consider sitting a bit closer to the microphone. How much? I don't know, you'll need to experiment. That will also allow you to avoid the reverb your room has (less energy coming out of you, less reaching the walls, less gets reflected and recorded with a bit of latency - that's what makes your recording a bit echo-y). This recording you can amplify. Checker measures the volume of your test at 81.9 dB, and we need 89 (or so), which means you need to amplify by about 7. Select the entire track (Command+A or Ctrl+A) and then Effect -> Amplify, then enter 7 and click OK.

Then the last thing (and the most important) is how you export the MP3. We need Constant bitrate of 128 kbps. Please find the control that sets the "bitrate mode" to "constant" (that's on the Export dialog window). Also, in the latest Audacity you can "Force export to mono". Perhaps you should do that as well.

Then re-upload the file and post again, in this very thread, with the link, just like you did the first time. Somebody will check it again.

Just a couple steps to the finish! :)
tovarisch
  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

ncbeckus
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Post by ncbeckus » February 13th, 2018, 10:45 am

Test_ncbeckus.mp3

tovarisch
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Post by tovarisch » February 13th, 2018, 11:41 am

Nancy,

Thanks for letting us know.

You're on the right track. :thumbs:

Several things can be done better. Please give each its due attention.

First off, when you upload your test, the uploader puts a link to the uploaded file in place of the progress meter. Please make sure that you copy that text into your message, just like you did the first time.

Second, please post a reply to the thread where you start, instead of opening a new conversation/topic. It would help to have all related posts in the same location.

Third, as I found by looking at your old link, your latest upload, today, (its link is https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_ncbeckus.mp3 ) still has been exported with 192 kbps. We need 128 kbps. Please make sure to pick the correct rate.

All your previous uploads are still there:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_ncbeckus2018_02_05_01_11_01.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_ncbeckus2018_02_05_01_13_42.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_ncbeckus2018_02_05_01_18_47.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_ncbeckus2018_02_13_17_42_06.mp3

The date and time of those reflect when they were renamed. All four were uploaded on February 4th.

I hope that an admin can merge your threads into the same old one, in the Listeners Wanted forum.

Please make sure to continue looking for replies there, OK?

Thanks!
tovarisch
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    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by tovarisch » February 13th, 2018, 11:43 am

I replied in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=69212 . Requesting to merge the threads here, please.
tovarisch
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ncbeckus
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Post by ncbeckus » February 13th, 2018, 3:25 pm

Ok, have fixed the kbps to 128. But I don't see where the progress meter is on the uploader page. :-(

Hope this is the correct link:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_ncbeckus.mp3

Sorry! Obviously, I have very little experience with audio software.

Nancy

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Post by tovarisch » February 13th, 2018, 3:54 pm

Hi Nancy,
ncbeckus wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 3:25 pm
Ok, have fixed the kbps to 128. But I don't see where the progress meter is on the uploader page. :-(
Well, for a small file it happens to change very quickly, you don't see the meter. Once you start recording and uploading sections of several minutes, the meter will start showing up. :)
ncbeckus wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 3:25 pm
Hope this is the correct link:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_ncbeckus.mp3

Sorry! Obviously, I have very little experience with audio software.

Nancy
No worries, it's not too hard, you'll get used to it.

Well, something must have gone awry because the file behind that link still has 192 kbps bitrate. Are you sure you did upload it after you fixed the rate?

You can always verify what you have just uploaded. You have the link, right-click on it and do "save file as..." (or something like that). Save it in a location where you know it's not going to bother anything else. Then run that downloaded file through Checker. That's what we do when we verify fellow LibriVoxers' files. :)

It's better yet to verify your file before you upload it. You know where the file is on your computer, run it through Checker and if it gives you "Passed", you're OK to upload.

So, one more try? You're literally almost there!
tovarisch
  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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