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Post Posted:: October 6th, 2017, 7:37 am 

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https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1-minute_test.mp3

Hi everyone, just put up a test up.

Recorded in Audacity on Linux Mint using a USB Blue Snowball mic.

All advice appreciated.

davidmcl


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Post Posted:: October 8th, 2017, 8:30 am 
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Hi David, welcome to the forum :)

thanks for your one-minute-test, which I just had a listen to. All in all it is quite good already, your technical settings are all up to our standard, also the volume is bang in the middle of our requirements with 89.4 dB :thumbs:

Your reading also sounds very fluent and I love your accent :9: (it's somewhere British, isn't it ? But I'm not good at accents, so excuse, if I'm totally wrong :oops: )

Only one thing we may have to tweak a bit is the background noise, which is a bit loud in your recording. Good thing is you use Audacity, which has a good noise-cleaning function.

Please try the following:

> highlight a short portion where you don't speak (usually at the end)
> go to effect (in the upper bar) then select noise reduction and first click on "Get Noise Profile"
> now highlight the entire recording
> again go to effect - noise reduction and this time press OK

this should do the trick. You can also repeat this process in case the noise is still too loud.

The best thing is of course, to trace the source of the noise, and try to evade it, like closing windows against traffic or turning off electrical appliances or choosing a quiet room at the back of the house for recording.

Could you please try to noiseclean and reupload your file in this thread, so I can have a second listen ?

thanks, and good luck. If anything was unclear, don't hesitate to ask

Sonia


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 12:12 am 

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Thanks Sonia,

I did the noise reduction, but when I applied it to the whole track it just deleted the whole track. I had it saved so that's alright, but if you could point out what I've done wrong that would be of help, thanks in advance,

David


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 12:47 am 

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Hmm. How exactly did you do the noise reduction? Steps, what settings did you use?

I just tried to take the whole thing for getting the noise profile (what you shouldn't do and I never do on my files) and the voice was still there and didn't sound bad. So my guess is, that you incidentally deleted the track with some mouse-move or so? That happens to me sometimes with text, that I copy&paste without wanting it, because the touchpad is on the pc in a way that I accidentally hit it while typing :?

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The tech-specs: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Audacity_1-2-3#Configure
How to clean noise: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
To check tech-specs and noise: http://www.cgjennings.ca/checker/


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 12:54 am 

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https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1-minute_test,_2.mp3

I've managed it now.
There was a little tick box in noise reduction, either something or residual, one of them worked better than the other.

I always break things before I understand them :)


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 1:07 am 

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Ok, whatever you did, do it like you did it this time; the file sounds great, looks god (just have a special look at the file-name next time; there is a comma in it, that's usually not liked in the real recordings ;) )
and can be marked as OK

Hop over and have fun reading! :thumbs:

btw - reading the manual before using something helps to prevent breaking things. :wink:

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The tech-specs: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Audacity_1-2-3#Configure
How to clean noise: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
To check tech-specs and noise: http://www.cgjennings.ca/checker/


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 2:18 am 

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Thanks Sonia,

First of sorry about the comma, typical I screw that up when I'm generally a stickler for naming conventions.

And secondly, I've had difficulties before with the audacity noise reduction, to me at least it's not as obvious as the rest of the programme. But, it's audacity, it's free, and brilliant, so I'll practice.

Thanks for your help,

David


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 2:22 am 

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How do I mark it as OK?


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 2:57 am 

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davidmcl wrote:
Thanks Sonia,

Actually, I am Monika, I just helped out as Sonia doesn't seem to be online right now ;)

You don't need to mark something, that was for the admins. They will take care of it. You just go and read :)

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The tech-specs: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Audacity_1-2-3#Configure
How to clean noise: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
To check tech-specs and noise: http://www.cgjennings.ca/checker/


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 3:07 am 

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Thanks Monika.


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Post Posted:: October 9th, 2017, 9:04 am 
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yes, thank you Monika, for helping out here. :D

David: sorry for replying so late here, but luckily there’s always somebody who can help out here on the forum. You seem to have managed the noise cleaning procedure now, so I will mark your test OK then. But if there are still questions, don't hesitate to ask, either in here or in the help subforum, there's always somebound bound to be up at all times.

Good luck for your future recordings !

Sonia


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