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rapierce
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Post by rapierce » September 29th, 2017, 6:19 am

Hi all, working out my first test and eager for some suggestions on how to improve.

Tools
Hardware:
Digital mic by Fifine

Software:
Mac (Sierra 10.12.6)
Garage band (due to the audacity instability with my system)

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

My headphone died last night, so I'm not sure how bad the echo is... sorry for your poor ears if it's awful!

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Post by TriciaG » September 29th, 2017, 10:34 am

Welcome!

I don't hear an echo. :)

There are some technical issues, though - and I've heard that some of them are a real pain to fix in GarageBand, if you can figure out how to do it. :?

1. Your volume is actually too high. It needs to come down about 7 dB.

2. The file is in stereo; it should be mono. This one is the real challenge to fix.

3. You have a bit of static white noise in the recording. From what I've heard, GarageBand doesn't have good noise removal, so I don't know what to say about that. :?

You can try the things suggested here for the mono/stereo and the noise : http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/GarageBand

I'm sorry I can't be of more help!
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rapierce
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Post by rapierce » September 30th, 2017, 4:03 pm

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this feedback!

I listened to what I posted with headphone and am horrified, it didn't sound like that in the garage band preview :shock:

I've read and played around. I believe this one should be in mono now. I also adjusted the volume down, but it still sounds really loud? :hmm: Also still working out how to remove that background static.

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


EDIT:

I'm beginning to suspect that my mic is a big part of the static problem! :? The sample below is with my built-in mic. Opinions?
While I'm selecting mono in recording, the itunes inspector is showing this as dual stereo. Is that showing up for others?
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test3_rapierce.mp3

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Post by TriciaG » October 1st, 2017, 5:40 am

Volume's better - pretty much where it should be. :)

It's still in stereo. :?

The noise is better - actually, non-existent. Does your microphone have noise cancelling? That's what it sounds like to me. Noise cancelling is fine, as long as it doesn't affect the quality of your voice. Sometimes it can make your voice sound thin and tinny.

So, for now, the biggest issue is the stereo thing. :hmm:
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Watergate Report, volume 2: Here
E E Cummings' time in French prison: The Enormous Room

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