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DianaEve
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Post by DianaEve » May 5th, 2019, 8:58 pm


lymiewithpurpose
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Post by lymiewithpurpose » May 6th, 2019, 4:47 pm

DianaEve wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 8:58 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test-dianaeve.mp3

Audacity, Mac, USB

Thank You!
Hello there, welcome. You have a great reading voice and I can't wait to get you started! First, let's work on a few little things.

The first is your volume. If you haven't already, downloading the program Checker can help you see your volume. Your volume is currently at 70.1 dbs, Librivox requires a range of 86-92 with 89 being preferred.

I recommend increasing the microphone slider in Audacity, so that it will input at a higher value. To fix this recording however:
1. Select your entire recording
2. Go to menu items Effect>Amplify
3. Enter whatever number you need to get to 89 (in this case 18.9) in the first box
4. Hit OK.
This should get you to the required range!

After that, I think you will find you have an extreme amount of background noise. To deal with this:
1. Select a small piece of your recording that is pure noise
2. Go into menu items Effect>Noise Reduction
3. In Section 2 on the screen, choose your settings. My settings are Noise Reduction: 12, Sensitivity: 6, Frequency: 0.
4. Select 'Get Noise Profile'.
5. Select your entire recording.
6. Go to menu items Effect>Repeat Noise Reduction.
7. Take a listen, you may find that you want to do this over again to reduce more noise.

The last issue is your bitrate. We need 128 kbps constant, yours is variable 95. Another simple fix:
1.Go to export it (menu items file>export)
2. Select Export as MP3
3. Look under the Format Options section
4.Where it says 'Bit Rate Mode', select 'Constant'
5. In the 'Quality' drop down menu select 128 kbps.

When you do this, please re upload, post in this thread, and I'll take another listen!
Campbell
Constructive criticism always welcome

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DianaEve
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Post by DianaEve » May 14th, 2019, 1:24 pm

Went ahead and re-recorded the file after getting the settings set up correctly. Thank you for your help and patience.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_dianaeve.mp3
Program: Audacity for Mac
Microphone: Audio Technica AT2020 XLR

lymiewithpurpose
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Post by lymiewithpurpose » May 14th, 2019, 1:46 pm

DianaEve wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Went ahead and re-recorded the file after getting the settings set up correctly. Thank you for your help and patience.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_dianaeve.mp3
Program: Audacity for Mac
Microphone: Audio Technica AT2020 XLR
Nice work, almost there. The volume and the bit rate are great, but there is still quite a bit of background noise. Did you run noise reduction? If so, I would recommend running it again. Once you do so please reupload so I can make sure it sounds good.
Campbell
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DianaEve
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Post by DianaEve » May 15th, 2019, 1:29 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_dianaeve_noisereduction.mp3
Should I always run noise reduction just to be safe, is there another way than just listening to the audio to tell that I need to run noise reduction, or is there something specific I should be listening for?

lymiewithpurpose
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Post by lymiewithpurpose » May 15th, 2019, 2:03 pm

DianaEve wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 1:29 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_dianaeve_noisereduction.mp3
Should I always run noise reduction just to be safe, is there another way than just listening to the audio to tell that I need to run noise reduction, or is there something specific I should be listening for?
Nice work. It is OK now. As for knowing, there are three methods. Most reliable is listening. If you hear noise, you might want to reduce it. ANother way is in audacity. If you look at the silence, it should be a straight thin line. If it is fuzzy or has vertical lines there's noise. The Checker also can tell you how much noise you have, but it is not always accurate. Best to play it by ear.
Campbell
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Readers wanted: The Cliff-Dwellers

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