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Post Posted:: September 28th, 2017, 3:16 am 

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

Recorded on a Windows 10 computer using Audacity, VoiceMeeter, and a Blue Snowball mic.

The mic by itself, with just Audacity, was recording too quiet no matter what settings I adjusted in Windows or Audacity itself. After Googling around for a bit, I saw a suggestion to use VoiceMeeter to up the volume, so that's why I used that. Looking forward to getting feedback and starting work on some projects soon!


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Post Posted:: September 29th, 2017, 10:27 am 
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Welcome!

Okay! Well, the volume is actually a bit too loud now. :lol: It needs to come down about 4 dB. I don't know how VoiceMeeter works; can you adjust that?

There's a plugin for Audacity that will tell you how much to adjust your volume.
- Click THIS LINK and save the file to your computer - your desktop or somewhere.
- Then go to the folder in which Audacity is installed (on my computer, it's in C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity) and open the Plug-Ins folder.
- Drag the file you saved into the Plug-Ins folder.
- Start up Audacity and go to Analyze/Manage.
- Find ReplayGain in the list and enable it.
- Now you can highlight your recording, then go to Effects / ReplayGain, and it'll tell you how much to amplify your file (or adjust something like VoiceMeeter).

The only other issue is that you have a fair amount of background noise. I would suggest some noise reduction to take care of it. Here are a couple resources:
text instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
video, but with an older version of Audacity so the settings are different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-15 (I suggest about 14 for you)
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency Smoothing: 6

Try making these adjustments, then post another test. Use the same file name as your previous one, and post in this same thread when it's ready. :)

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Post Posted:: October 13th, 2017, 3:08 am 

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

Ok, I've tried again. I'm still a little bit fuzzy on how to know how loud my recording should be. How's that?


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Post Posted:: October 13th, 2017, 1:47 pm 
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Hmm. This needs to come up about 4 dB. So try putting your volume right in between the two levels you've done so far.

It sounds good otherwise!

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Post Posted:: October 13th, 2017, 2:04 pm 

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How are you able to tell? I tried to make the waveform look like the one in the picture on the 1 minute test page, but you're talking very specifically. How are you able to know how many decibels it should go up or down?


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Post Posted:: October 13th, 2017, 2:06 pm 
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Well, I'm using Checker, which is an outside program developed by a LibriVoxer: http://cgjennings.ca/checker/ It tells you the dB level of the MP3. Ideal volume is 89 dB, but anything between about 86 and 92 is acceptable.

Or you can use the Audacity plugin I mentioned above:

TriciaG wrote:
There's a plugin for Audacity that will tell you how much to adjust your volume.
- Click THIS LINK and save the file to your computer - your desktop or somewhere.
- Then go to the folder in which Audacity is installed (on my computer, it's in C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity) and open the Plug-Ins folder.
- Drag the file you saved into the Plug-Ins folder.
- Start up Audacity and go to Analyze/Manage.
- Find ReplayGain in the list and enable it.
- Now you can highlight your recording, then go to Effects / ReplayGain, and it'll tell you how much to amplify your file (or adjust something like VoiceMeeter).

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Post Posted:: October 13th, 2017, 4:13 pm 

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Thanks! I actually already installed ReplayGain, but when I used analyze I didn't really understand what it was telling me? Anywhere I can go to learn how to use it properly?


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Post Posted:: October 13th, 2017, 4:24 pm 
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There are instructions here: http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=63067

But basically, highlight the track (or the portion of the track you want to check), go to Analyze/ReplayGain, and it'll tell you how much you should amplify to get it close to 89 dB. If it says "4.4" then amplify by +4 to 5. If it says "-8.2" then amplify by -8 (it doesn't have to be exact). Positive numbers mean your track is too quiet; negative numbers mean your track is too loud.

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Post Posted:: October 13th, 2017, 7:08 pm 

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Oh, so it's already set to 89 being the target goal? Ok, that makes sense, now, thank you!


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