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NatashaFisher
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Post by NatashaFisher » January 6th, 2018, 1:15 am

Hello!

I recorded my test with Audacity on Windows with a USB mic, and I'm looking forward to your feedback. Thank you! :)

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

Cordially,
Natasha Fisher

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Post by Rapunzelina » January 6th, 2018, 1:45 am

Hello! Welcome to Librivox, Natasha!

You got all the tech specs correct :thumbs: we'll just need to work on the volume. It comes very soft to me. Check if you can increase the input volume of the microphone (either from your system's control panel for sounds and microphones, or from within Audacity itself - you'll see a slider next to a microphone icon). If those are already maxed up, you can use the Amplify effect in Audacity, thought it's always better to record in the correct volume than adjust later.
A visual hint for a good range of volume is when the wave form peaks above the 0.5 mark (but not all the way up/down, because then there's clipping), like in this picture:
http://wiki.librivox.org/images/4/4d/Volume.jpg

Would you like to try a new recording and post here again?

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Post by NatashaFisher » January 9th, 2018, 1:47 am

Hi!

Okay, I tried and I tried and tried to get my unprocessed recording to reach the 0.5 mark. I adjusted the volume in Audacity, on my computer, on my headset, and in my headset's software. I even enlisted the help of my live-in tech support (my husband lol). I spoke louder than normal, but nothing worked. :( Here is my 2nd try, but I did have to use the Amplify effect in Audacity to reach the mark. Please let me know how it sounds and if there are any other changes I need to make. Thank you so much!

Cordially,
Natasha Fisher

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_NatashaFisher_2nd_try.mp3

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Post by MagicMan » January 9th, 2018, 1:58 am

Good morning. As far as your second test goes, ya nailed it and I am sure your test will be marked OK! As with any recorded audio, amplification is always required. I have a video link in my signature on how to set the proper input gain and it may give you a better understanding on how this wonderful process works.

On a side note. You need to change the https to http in your profile listing your website. Your website look great!!

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Post by Rapunzelina » January 9th, 2018, 4:30 am

Great, Natasha! :thumbs: Yes, as I said, audacity's Amplify effect is a solution, too. If you notice any distracting background noise after amplifying, you can try the Noise Reduction effect, as well. (link also in magicman's signature :) )

Now have fun recording for the projects that interest you! :D

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Post by NatashaFisher » January 10th, 2018, 12:17 am

@MagicMan Thank you for the website kudos! (I updated my site address in my profile.) And thank you so much for the advice and the awesome links. I'm looking forward to learning and to recording. :)

@Rapunzelina Yaaaay! Thank you for the thumb's up! I'm excited to get started. :)

-NF-

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Post by MagicMan » January 10th, 2018, 12:57 am

It was my pleasure! If you ever have any questions, I am always available via my email or PM links!

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