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SCvocals
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Post by SCvocals » May 18th, 2021, 12:36 pm

Hello Everybody,
This is my 1-minute test clip. I recorded this using Audacity on a Macbook with a Fifine K690 usb mic. No editing was done to this clip other than trimming off a few seconds before and after the vocals. Any advice is welcome and I can't wait to hear from you.

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

Thank you for your time!
Stephanie

ashleighjane
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Post by ashleighjane » May 19th, 2021, 7:19 am

Hi Stephanie! Welcome to librivox :D

You're sounding great and all tech specs are correct. Just one thing to fix - volume is a little low. It's 83dB and we aim for 86 - 92 dB (with 89dB being thr goal)

The checker tool can be used to verify volume for librivox, if you like. https://cgjennings.ca/projects/checker/

Could you please upload another test once you have achieved a volume within the accepted range? Then just post the link here :D (let me know if you need any help with how to adjust your volume :)

SCvocals
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Post by SCvocals » May 19th, 2021, 9:55 am

ashleighjane wrote:
May 19th, 2021, 7:19 am
Hi Stephanie! Welcome to librivox :D

You're sounding great and all tech specs are correct. Just one thing to fix - volume is a little low. It's 83dB and we aim for 86 - 92 dB (with 89dB being thr goal)

The checker tool can be used to verify volume for librivox, if you like. https://cgjennings.ca/projects/checker/

Could you please upload another test once you have achieved a volume within the accepted range? Then just post the link here :D (let me know if you need any help with how to adjust your volume :)
Thank you for the response! I tried to amplify the recording, but when I used the Checker app it says that the volume still falls out of the required range. I don't know if it means it is too loud or still too soft. I've looked into some of the editing pages on this forum, but admittedly am still trying to get a grasp on all the tools and lingo. Also I noticed in Audacity that they measure the volume by "-#" dB (?) and I was wondering what that means in correlation with the 86-92 dB you had mentioned.

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

Thank you again for your time,
Stephanie

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Post by ashleighjane » May 19th, 2021, 10:52 am

This one is too loud at 94dB. In checker if you click on 'information' it should show you the volume of the track.

Do you mean the numbers the run up and down to the left? 1 to -1? If so, the wave form should reach around 0.5

SCvocals
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Post by SCvocals » May 19th, 2021, 11:18 am

Okay, tried to use the ReplayGain tool and that seemed to have worked (at least it passed on the Checker program) Here is my updated recording.

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

And I was looking at the mic volume (?) towards the top right of Audacity where it shows the level of volume when your voice is being played. It is a green bar that will move up and down when there is sound. It seems to read between -60 dB and 0 dB. I am trying to find where on the program it shows the sound being 86 dB - 91 dB?

Thank you for your time,
Stephanie

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Post by ashleighjane » May 19th, 2021, 11:22 am

Yep, this one is 89dB, so you're okay to start recording for projects :D

Oh, yes! i'm not entirely sure how that slider works, but it definitely won't correlate to how many dB you're recording is. It's trial and error to find where it needs to sit for you to record at the desired volume :)

SCvocals
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Post by SCvocals » May 19th, 2021, 1:35 pm

Thank you so much for your help! I'm excited to get started :D

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