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neiloler
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Post by neiloler » June 22nd, 2021, 8:57 am

Hey all, here's my rough test. Having a mic crisis, debating if I should have gotten a condenser instead of a dynamic mic. All thoughts, critical or otherwise, greatly appreciated.

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

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Post by sjmarky » June 22nd, 2021, 9:12 am

Hi Neil

I reviewed your sample and it meets all the specs, except that is just a bit too loud at 92.2db (-19.55 RMS). Librivox requires audio that is 86-92db (-25 to -20 RMS). I normalize my files to -21 RMS.

The mic sounds fine, so I wouldn't worry about that. There is considerable background noise that needs to reduced about -10db. Try to reduce this by isolating your mic from external sound, and if that doesn't get it down enough try software noise removal. You don't note what DAW you are using. If it is Audacity, there is noise removal built in. A video tutorial on Audacity noise removal is available here: https://youtu.be/rvhqw7zBmEo

You can check your audio yourself by downloading the free Checker app: https://cgjennings.ca/projects/checker/

Please record a new test with the same file name and post it as a reply. I’ll return and review it for you.
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Post by neiloler » June 22nd, 2021, 8:01 pm

Hey Mark, thanks for taking the time to listen and give feedback.

For DAW, I'm trying out a few different things. This was made using Logic Pro, and for this second upload, I ran it through a iZotope RX8 denoiser (I also tried a little extra de-clicking, though I'm not sure if that's all that valuable).

I used Audacity to check out the contrast between background noise and the vocal component, what is the level at which you would recommend background noise be?

Here's the second take, same recording (so I think I need a pop filter, I can hear just a liiiiittle bit of extra puf here and there, but it's less noticeable at this lower volume of -25 RMS)

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

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Post by sjmarky » June 22nd, 2021, 8:37 pm

Okay, this sample passes so you are good to go.

I used to use Logic and it is fine, and supports punch-and-roll recording if you decide to try it. I've since switched to Reaper and TwistedWave which I find more efficient, but Logic is fine, although it has some weird quirks which is why I switched. I had been using RX De-Click, but don't any more. Like you, I don't think it really adds much. I use De-Noise only on occasion when something creeps into my recording that I didn't notice, but there's nothing wrong with making it part of your regular work flow.

For Librivox, a noise floor of -45db is fine. Not good enough for professional work, but that's not the standard here. Yours is is -50db which is more than adequate for LV.

Looking forward to hearing your narration. Cheers!
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