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Post by ElizavetaS » February 9th, 2020, 10:03 pm

Hello!
Thank you for visiting this thread.

I am recording in Audacity with a USB-mic. Operating system: Mac.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_elizavetas.mp3

Thanks for any feedback!

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Post by philchenevert » February 10th, 2020, 11:34 pm

Welcome. Your tech specs are all fine but your volume is too low. Get closer to the microphone, increase the gain if using Audacity, do whatever you can to get that volume up there. Your test is at 75 dB (decibles) and we aim at 89 so it is withing reach.
Do this, make another recording called test2 or something, upload and I promise to get to it ASAP. You are almost there! Nice voice too. :D
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Post by ElizavetaS » February 13th, 2020, 2:22 am

philchenevert wrote:
February 10th, 2020, 11:34 pm
Welcome. Your tech specs are all fine but your volume is too low. Get closer to the microphone, increase the gain if using Audacity, do whatever you can to get that volume up there. Your test is at 75 dB (decibles) and we aim at 89 so it is withing reach.
Do this, make another recording called test2 or something, upload and I promise to get to it ASAP. You are almost there! Nice voice too. :D
Thank you for your reply!

I seem to be needing a little bit of help ) If I'm making the audio even a tiny bit louder (either by increasing gain, getting closer to the mic or increasing mic recording volume), I get crackling sounds. https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_elizavetas.mp3

PS: I am recording on a Blue Yeti with a pop filter.

Update: Oh, if I don't listen to it at full volume, I can't hear the noise. Does it mean it's alright?

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Post by philchenevert » February 13th, 2020, 6:13 am

You are making progress. Your volume is a little bit higher (81 db). I don't hear any crackles. Be sure the sound setting is on Cardiod (looks like a heart) and that you are speaking into the front of the mic. This setting is on the back while the volume for the headphone jack is on the front, an easy to tell. So if you are increasing that volume knob it only ups the headphone volume and you will hear crackles. BUT there is a Gain control with does increase or decrease the output volume. That is the knob to fiddle with; start with it in the middle, then turn it up a bit at a time. It will increase the output volume. Next, talk into the side of the Yeti, not the 'top' of it. If you know all this, forgive me.

Next, what software are you using to record? if Audacity, there is a slider bar that looks like a little mic where you can kick up that volume easily.
Try these things and please do a test 3 and put it here. thanks :D

Lastly, there is a program for checking your volume https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker
and I use my eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9WF82rf81o
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Post by ElizavetaS » February 14th, 2020, 7:36 am

philchenevert wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 6:13 am
You are making progress. Your volume is a little bit higher (81 db). I don't hear any crackles. Be sure the sound setting is on Cardiod (looks like a heart) and that you are speaking into the front of the mic. This setting is on the back while the volume for the headphone jack is on the front, an easy to tell. So if you are increasing that volume knob it only ups the headphone volume and you will hear crackles. BUT there is a Gain control with does increase or decrease the output volume. That is the knob to fiddle with; start with it in the middle, then turn it up a bit at a time. It will increase the output volume. Next, talk into the side of the Yeti, not the 'top' of it. If you know all this, forgive me.

Next, what software are you using to record? if Audacity, there is a slider bar that looks like a little mic where you can kick up that volume easily.
Try these things and please do a test 3 and put it here. thanks :D

Lastly, there is a program for checking your volume https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker
and I use my eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9WF82rf81o
Thank you for a quick reply! And for ending with "forgive me in case". I did know all of it, and was starting to feel silly ))
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test3_elizavetas.mp3

I was afraid to increase gain further because I was hearing all of those crackles. I can hear quite a lot of them in this recording as well, but since you can't hear them, I am to conclude it's my cheap handphones that cannot keep up with my mic ))

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Post by philchenevert » February 14th, 2020, 8:18 am

Hmmmm. I always hesitate to increase gain because of exactly what you are speaking about. Your test 3 is good at 88.4 dB so I am going to give you the OK to record lots and lots. Love your voice! It is so soft yet crisp and easy to understand. There is some background noise but a light noise reduction would help that a lot. :thumbs:
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Post by ElizavetaS » February 15th, 2020, 6:57 am

philchenevert wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 8:18 am
Hmmmm. I always hesitate to increase gain because of exactly what you are speaking about. Your test 3 is good at 88.4 dB so I am going to give you the OK to record lots and lots. Love your voice! It is so soft yet crisp and easy to understand. There is some background noise but a light noise reduction would help that a lot. :thumbs:
Thank youu. "Checker" helped a lot.

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