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Post by MelAdrienne » November 14th, 2017, 5:17 am

Hi All,

I'm new to Librivox (long time listener, first time volunteer reader) and have completed my initial 1 Minute Test.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

This was recorded using Audacity, on a Windows system with a USB microphone.

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

Thanks,

:D

MelAdrienne
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Post by MylesLobdell » November 15th, 2017, 7:29 am

Sounds good to me!!!

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Post by TriciaG » November 15th, 2017, 8:00 am

Welcome!

Sounds good! One thing to fix, and two suggestions:

Your volume is too low. Visually, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
Image

Make sure the microphone slider in the Audacity window is all the way up. Also, have you increased your input volume in Windows yet? Here's a link to instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Audacity_1-2-3#Volume

There's a small program the spouse of a LibriVoxer developed to check the tech settings. If you're game, you can download it and use it to check the volume and other settings. It's here: http://cgjennings.ca/checker/

Use the latest version, which I believe is 0.95. The volume information is in the Information tab. We aim for 89 dB, but anything between about 87 and 91 is good.

--- Suggestions:

1. When I amplified your file, I heard some background white noise. It may not be as noticeable when you increase your mic input, but it might. :) I would suggest some noise reduction to take care of the background white noise. 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: 10-16 (I suggest about 12 for you)
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency Smoothing: 6

2. You have slightly popping P sounds. They're not terrible, but I notice them. :) Move your microphone a little bit to the side of your mouth if a desktop mic, or a little above or below your mouth if a headset mic. This will help the air pass by the mic instead of directly hitting it. (I have a mic on a stand, and I have it at about 2:00 when I record.)

That's it! 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 by MelAdrienne » November 20th, 2017, 4:58 am

MylesLobdell wrote:Sounds good to me!!!
Thanks for listening! :D
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Post by MelAdrienne » November 20th, 2017, 4:59 am

TriciaG wrote:Welcome!

Sounds good! One thing to fix, and two suggestions:

Your volume is too low. Visually, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
Image

Make sure the microphone slider in the Audacity window is all the way up. Also, have you increased your input volume in Windows yet? Here's a link to instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Audacity_1-2-3#Volume

There's a small program the spouse of a LibriVoxer developed to check the tech settings. If you're game, you can download it and use it to check the volume and other settings. It's here: http://cgjennings.ca/checker/

Use the latest version, which I believe is 0.95. The volume information is in the Information tab. We aim for 89 dB, but anything between about 87 and 91 is good.

--- Suggestions:

1. When I amplified your file, I heard some background white noise. It may not be as noticeable when you increase your mic input, but it might. :) I would suggest some noise reduction to take care of the background white noise. 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: 10-16 (I suggest about 12 for you)
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency Smoothing: 6

2. You have slightly popping P sounds. They're not terrible, but I notice them. :) Move your microphone a little bit to the side of your mouth if a desktop mic, or a little above or below your mouth if a headset mic. This will help the air pass by the mic instead of directly hitting it. (I have a mic on a stand, and I have it at about 2:00 when I record.)

That's it! 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. :)

Thanks so much for all your wonderful feedback

I've incorporated all your suggestions and will upload the amended test now. :D
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Post by MelAdrienne » November 20th, 2017, 5:51 am

Hi All,

I have updated my One Minute Test incorporating all your wonderful suggestions.

Hopefully this one is ok!

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

MA :D
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Post by Rapunzelina » November 24th, 2017, 5:37 am

Hey MA! Welcome to Librivox!!
That's definitely better in sound quality!
In volume it's now on the loud end. Adjust your microphone slider so, that when you record the wave forms peak around the 0.5 mark, and not all the way up/down, because then there's clipping (which can cause sound distortion sometimes).
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With this in mind, you are ready for real recordings! If you'd like the reassurance of a final check, feel free to upload a new test recording. Otherwise, browse the Readers Wanted forums for projects that interest you and have fun! :clap: :clap:
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Post by MelAdrienne » November 27th, 2017, 4:28 am

Rapunzelina wrote:Hey MA! Welcome to Librivox!!
That's definitely better in sound quality!
In volume it's now on the loud end. Adjust your microphone slider so, that when you record the wave forms peak around the 0.5 mark, and not all the way up/down, because then there's clipping (which can cause sound distortion sometimes).
Image

With this in mind, you are ready for real recordings! If you'd like the reassurance of a final check, feel free to upload a new test recording. Otherwise, browse the Readers Wanted forums for projects that interest you and have fun! :clap: :clap:
Great! Thanks for the feedback :D
Mel Adrienne

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