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Post by ethindman » June 16th, 2020, 3:34 pm

3rd test with your changes. Please advise.

https://librivox.org/uploads/dlolso21/test_ethindman.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » June 18th, 2020, 6:58 am

ethindman wrote:
June 16th, 2020, 3:34 pm
3rd test with your changes. Please advise.

https://librivox.org/uploads/dlolso21/test_ethindman.mp3
Dear E.T. Hindman,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

You need to make a change in order to meet Librivox's technical standards.

Required: There is some noticeable background noise, which can distract from the reading. It sounds like a fan to me.
The first thing to try is moving closer to the microphone, but watch out for those "p" sounds!
The second thing to try is noise reduction using Audacity. You can highlight the noise in Audacity by changing the track's display mode to "Waveform (db)" using the little pulldown arrow just to the right of the track name. I recommend leaving it there, as I do all my editing in this mode.
Then perform noise cleaning as shown here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning.
I recommend making this a part of your editing routine. You'll be surprised how much difference it makes, but be careful of over-doing it (more than about 18dB), which can affect the quality.


Please address at least the required technical issues and upload a new version. If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.


If you haven't already, you might spend some time browsing through the LibriVox Wiki. It contains a wealth of great information that you'll find useful and informative about who does what, and various technical aspects.


Thank you for participating in Librivox,
Adrian Stephens

PS - If you're interested in developing your technique, and have the time to spare there's a whole bunch of informative YouTube videos.
Our excellent admin Phil has recorded a lot of highly accessible videos (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos).

I have also recorded a number of YouTube videos on this subject, longer (and thereby going into more detail) than Phil's.

Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
Part 1: Installing Audacity https://youtu.be/w_QZ15c4_10
Part 2: Setting the Volume https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk
Part 3: The Checker Program https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM
Part 5: Performance and Volume https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I
Part 6: Microphones looked at https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs
Part 7: Microphones listened to https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0
Part 9: Avoiding Pops https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o
Part 14: Participating in Librivox https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by ethindman » June 29th, 2020, 12:45 pm

The following is my test that has been approved by The Checker app and I watched the videos for noise reduction. Please let me know if this one is acceptable. Thank you.


https://librivox.org/uploads/dlolso21/test_ethindman.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » June 29th, 2020, 10:15 pm

ethindman wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 12:45 pm
The following is my test that has been approved by The Checker app and I watched the videos for noise reduction. Please let me know if this one is acceptable. Thank you.


https://librivox.org/uploads/dlolso21/test_ethindman.mp3
Dear E.T. Hindman,

Congratulations - you meet librivox's technical standards. Proof Listen OK!
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You can stop reading here and get on with recording. I have additional comments that you can read if you want to develop your technique.

You are on the edge of "popping" some p sounds. There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away from the microphone or position in the microphone to the side of your face; 2) get a "pop" filter in front of your microphone; or 3) repair the plosives as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inbSdGb26XQ. Prevention is much easier than cure. You might want to experiment with different microphone positions. But don't let this stop you having fun and recording.

I suggest you spend some time becoming familiar with the forum and looking for projects that you think you'd enjoy working on. Just jump right in wherever it feels comfortable. Most of all, always have fun. You'll find lots of interesting material to record. If you're like me, you'll also discover you're learning a lot in the process and being exposed to books I otherwise wouldn't have opened or known about. You'll be contributing to an interesting project and interacting with a lot of fun and varied fellow LibriVox volunteers in the process. I recommend starting with short works, such as poetry and dramatic readings.

Thank you for participating in Librivox,
Adrian Stephens
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by ethindman » June 30th, 2020, 8:56 am

I submitted the following test and was told it might be too loud. Please review. I followed all settings and Checker said it was fine. Please tell me what to do. Thank you.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ethindman.mp3

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Post by linny » June 30th, 2020, 9:50 am

Hello and welcome to LV! Your recording is nice and clear and that's a great start! :D

There is something we need to work on but if you are using Audacity I'll walk you through it.

Your volume is great. You are at 90.6dB. We aim for 89dB with an acceptable range of 86-92dB. You don't have any problems here.

What we do need to work on is your background noise.

Do you see how your line during the "silent" areas is "fuzzy"? This is a visual indicator there is too much background noise. In the future be sure that you turn off everything you can hear before you start recording. Sit quietly in your recording area and just listen. If you can hear it, so can the microphone.
For this recording try some noise cleaning. Noise cleaning and amplifying are the two most common edits we do.
First highlight some of your "silence", say the first second.
Effect>Noise Reduction>Get Noise Profile
Select your entire recording
Effect>Noise Reduction>Play around with the noise settings (using the "preview" button until you are satisfied). I used 20, 6.00, 6. Toggle to reduce noise>OK.
See how the line in your silence areas became a very fine line? That's what you are looking for.

Please upload the modified file and post another link to this same thread for a double check.

If you aren't using Audacity or need additional help in making the adjustment just let us know.

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