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jeanannhand
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Post by jeanannhand » July 11th, 2018, 12:56 pm

Hi. Happy to join you all here!

My test (link below) was recorded on a Macbook Pro running High Sierra 10.13.5 using a USB mic with Audacity 2.2.2.

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

Thanks for listening. Your feedback is appreciated. :D

Rapunzelina
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Post by Rapunzelina » July 13th, 2018, 12:04 am

Welcome to Librivox!

Your tech specs are correct, with the volume a little bit on the low side. Visually in Audacity, you should aim for the waveform to peak above the 0.5 mark, just not all the way up/down (to avoid clipping). You can either adjust the input volume before recording from the microphone slider or amplify after (or both). The visual hint can be enough, but you can also use the ReplayGain plug-in, to know by how much to amplify:
- Click this link,
http://forum.audacityteam.org/download/file.php?id=4685
and save the file to your computer - somewhere you can find it.
- Then go to the folder in which Audacity is installed (on a windows computer, it's in C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity, on a Mac it will be something else) and open the Plug-Ins folder.
- Drag or copy the file you saved into the Plug-Ins folder.
- The next time you start up Audacity go to Effect/ReplayGain* and it'll tell you how much you can amplify your file.

*If you do not see the plugin (near the bottom of the Effect dropdown menu), then at the very top of the Effect menu click on Add/Remove Plugins. You may need to "enable" the plugin. Once enabled restart Audacity and look for the plugin in the Effect dropdown menu.
If you feel confident you can control your volume, then you're ready for recording! Browse the readers wanted forum for projects that interest you and have fun! :clap:
If you'd like to check a new recording with adjusted volume, feel free to upload and post here again. Or ask if there are any questions :)

jeanannhand
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Post by jeanannhand » July 14th, 2018, 11:59 am

Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm going to try again.

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