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NeilCheese
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Post by NeilCheese » January 12th, 2018, 1:14 pm

Hello,
This is my first try with an upload. Hoping things went well. I am using a Mac with Audacity and a USB microphone.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_neilcheese.mp3
Thanks so much for any help! I am really looking forward to doing some recording!
Neil

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Post by TriciaG » January 12th, 2018, 1:27 pm

Welcome!

Tech settings are all spot on. It sounds good!

1. You have a couple plosives. This is when your breath directly hits the microphone on letters like P, F, or TH. 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 my mic at about 2:00.)

2. 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 look slightly different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-16 (I suggest about 14 for you)
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency Smoothing: 6

Other CC: Umm, can't think of anything! 8-) 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 MagicMan » January 12th, 2018, 7:38 pm

Hey Neil, ya sound like a broadcaster!! I have a video in my signature that shows hoe to run the noise reduction tool starting with 2.1.3 and up. Also, if you go to effects, audacity, equalization, eq type = draw then select low roll off for speech, this will cut about 10dbs of trash/low end mud right out of your file. It did for me on you file. The only time you would not use a low roll off filter is if you were recording instruments that hold the low end together, (drums, bass). For speech, it is highly recommended. :thumbs:

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Post by NeilCheese » January 16th, 2018, 3:20 pm

Here is my second attempt with the tweaks that you both suggested. I moved my microphone slightly off to the side, reduced noise, and set the low roll off for speech. I ended up having to amplify slightly to get it into the accepted range, and then ran the noise reduction again. Hope it works out better this time!
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_neilcheese.mp3
Cheers,
Neil

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Post by MagicMan » January 16th, 2018, 3:35 pm

Ya nailed it!! :clap: Your test can be marked OK and you can go find a project to get involved with. Your voice is very, :hmm: , how should I say this, IMPRESSIVE!! Please click here to see the "Ya, I be all that and then some audio dance".

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