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Gretchenslibrary
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Post by Gretchenslibrary » June 15th, 2018, 3:49 pm

Here is my test. I would love some help as a newbie! I am using Audacity with a Blue Snowball iCE USB mic. In playing around, I have had trouble with background noise and 'spitty' mouth sounds. I don't know if I am dehydrated, too close to the mic, the recording volume is too loud, or something else. Truthfully, it is my dream to do this professionally so any feedback I can get would be delightful. Thank you.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_gretchenslibrary.mp3

moniaqua
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Post by moniaqua » June 15th, 2018, 11:36 pm

Welcome at LibriVox, Gretchenslibrary:)

I am not an professional and LibriVox doesn't judge like for example ACX. We are fine when we can understand the text and happy, if it is read like your test :9:

I didn't notice any distracting noise, so that is fine (for me :) )

The only two points from the specs we need to work on for LibriVox are:
  • bitrate is supposed to be at 128 kbps and constant. You can set that on exporting:
    http://cisdem.de/librivox/AudaCity_2_2_pics/export.png
  • The volume needs to be at 89 dB, within a range of 86 dB to 92 dB. You have 85 dB. You can check it from within audacity with ReplayGain or with a little programm called Checker (see last line of sig.)
Please edit your file accordingly and post the link of the re-uploaded file here in the thread again, thank you :)

There is a audacity plugin the guys providing for ACX use, it is called ACX check.

Gretchenslibrary
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Post by Gretchenslibrary » June 17th, 2018, 10:35 am

Changes have been made. Thank you so much for your assistance :)
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_gl2.mp3

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Post by moniaqua » June 17th, 2018, 11:46 pm

Good morning Gretchenslibrary,

Bitrate is fine now :thumbs:

As for the volume, you don't like that range, do you? :lol: The recording is at 93 dB now :D Nothing bad happened though; it doesn't sound that loud; I guess you can figure it out on a "real" recording :) This ReplayGain-thingy is really helpful on this, you can find the plugin here:

https://forum.audacityteam.org/download/file.php?id=4685
I usually use only the analyze-funktion of it and amplify with Effects->Amplify; in the case of your recording now I would amplify by -4 dB in order to get back into range.

Now go out and have some fun recording real stuff, just watch your volume :) An admin will step by and mark the test as ok

Gretchenslibrary
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Post by Gretchenslibrary » June 19th, 2018, 11:13 am

Thank you so much. I know I have been given the ok, but I wanted to post a 'final' attempt
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_gl4.mp3

moniaqua
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Post by moniaqua » June 19th, 2018, 1:02 pm

Works like a charm! :thumbs:

But now, really, go and record some more exciting stuff than Peter Piper :lol:

Just look in the readers wanted section :)
There ist for example
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=70457
or
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=70078
or
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=70692
or
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=70689

and many, many more :)

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Post by dlantz » June 25th, 2018, 3:06 pm

I'm new; I haven't tried to record anything but my 1-minute test. About that, I'm sure I will hear that there is too much background noise (I didn't use noise reduction) and many other things. I've spent the day learning about noise reduction and adding the ReplayGain plugin to my version of Audacity. But I don't understand this recording volume of 89 dB. My understanding is that sounds at 90 dB are jack-hammer, ear-damage levels. When I tried to use ReplayGain to normalize my recording to a higher level, it would only go to about 50 dB, and even then the recording was badly distorted. What am I missing? Thanks. Dave Lantz

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Post by moniaqua » June 26th, 2018, 1:32 am

Hi Dave,

I've seen that tovarisch already answered in the thread of your 1-minute-test. The both of you will get the test right, I am sure :)
dlantz wrote:
June 25th, 2018, 3:06 pm
What am I missing?
I didn't look at your test, but from all that I've read probably the minus ;) Tovarisch told you to amplify by -4 dB (about). I am not quite sure what you mean with the 50 dB?

There is also a difference between loudness and sound intensity.

There is a wikipedia-page that might be interesting for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war The German version has sound samples https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war

Please write in the thread of your test so that it all is kept in one place :)

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