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ransinlove
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Post by ransinlove » June 17th, 2018, 2:18 am

Hi, I'm new here, and would love to contribute as a reader!
Here is my 1 minute test. Using MAC book, Audacity 2.2.2, condenser mic.

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

Thank you in advance for your review and advices.


Charlene

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Post by Kitty » June 18th, 2018, 3:54 am

hi Charlene, welcome to our forum and thanks for starting with a one-minute test.

First of all, you have a clear and fluent way of reading, very nice, I like to listen to your voice. :D So that's already a major plus in audiobook-recordings.

On the technical side, we need a few tweaks though.

1) your volume is much too low. It's a bit under 80 dB and we need at least 86. We accept between 86 and 92 dB, with a preferred average of 89. This is easily corrected in Audacity though. Please apply the following step-by-step to your recording. Please don't re-record a new test, I'd rather you learnt the ropes of editing with your old file :)

> highlight your recording
> go to Effect
> go to Amplify
> input 10 (in your case now) in the first slot (amplification dB)
> press ok

2) your volume should be ok now but of course the background noise has been amplified by 10 dB as well now. So we need to clean that up. Please do the following:

> select a small portion where you don't speak (usually at the end of your file)
> go to Effect - Noise Cleaning
> first select Get Noise Profile
> then highlight the entire recording
> again Effect - Noise Cleaning
> now select OK

Now you should be all set. Could you please post the corrected file here in this same thread so I can have another listen ?

Thanks and if there are still questions, don't hesitate to ask :)

Sonia

ransinlove
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Post by ransinlove » November 23rd, 2018, 4:44 am

Kitty wrote:
June 18th, 2018, 3:54 am
hi Charlene, welcome to our forum and thanks for starting with a one-minute test.

First of all, you have a clear and fluent way of reading, very nice, I like to listen to your voice. :D So that's already a major plus in audiobook-recordings.

On the technical side, we need a few tweaks though.

1) your volume is much too low. It's a bit under 80 dB and we need at least 86. We accept between 86 and 92 dB, with a preferred average of 89. This is easily corrected in Audacity though. Please apply the following step-by-step to your recording. Please don't re-record a new test, I'd rather you learnt the ropes of editing with your old file :)

> highlight your recording
> go to Effect
> go to Amplify
> input 10 (in your case now) in the first slot (amplification dB)
> press ok

2) your volume should be ok now but of course the background noise has been amplified by 10 dB as well now. So we need to clean that up. Please do the following:

> select a small portion where you don't speak (usually at the end of your file)
> go to Effect - Noise Cleaning
> first select Get Noise Profile
> then highlight the entire recording
> again Effect - Noise Cleaning
> now select OK

Now you should be all set. Could you please post the corrected file here in this same thread so I can have another listen ?

Thanks and if there are still questions, don't hesitate to ask :)

Sonia
Thanks Sonia! I don't know how I never saw the reply all these months! Sorry for the late follow-up.
Here is the cleaned version according to your instructions.
Thanks again!
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ransinlove.mp3

Kitty
LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 16217
Joined: March 28th, 2014, 5:57 am

Post by Kitty » November 23rd, 2018, 4:51 am

Hey, Charlene, wonderful that you are still with us :)
ransinlove wrote:
November 23rd, 2018, 4:44 am
I don't know how I never saw the reply all these months! Sorry for the late follow-up.
maybe you did not tick the "email notification box" in your profile. Otherwise you would get an update whenever someone replies to your thread.
Here is the cleaned version according to your instructions.
Thanks again!
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ransinlove.mp3
perfect corrections, now all the tech specs are OK and you are ready to record for real. Have fun with your first section !

Sonia

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