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tparker
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Post by tparker » September 17th, 2018, 6:04 am

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

The above was recorded using Audacity on Windows 10 with a USB mic.

Thanks for lsitening; I welcome your feedback.

TP

schrm
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Post by schrm » September 19th, 2018, 3:46 am

tparker wrote:
September 17th, 2018, 6:04 am
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_tomparker.mp3

The above was recorded using Audacity on Windows 10 with a USB mic.

Thanks for lsitening; I welcome your feedback.

TP
hi tom,

welcome to our forum and thank you for wanting to volunteer!

i am european, but as i was listening to you, i thought of american newsspeakers!
--> wonderful recording.

but there are some tech specs, which your recording didnt fullfill:

:!: first the bitrate
:!: the average volume metered by checker (or audacity's plugin ReplayGain)
:!: you added starting (0,5-1 seconds) and ending silence (5 seconds, in your case 4,5), but there are noises - like taking off the headset, clothes rustling, something like that? since it doesnt seem to be background noise, you can simply amplify these parts to make them "really" silent. did you use noisereduction? checker meters 42db, which is not too much, but can interfere after using audacity's amplify

so, to keep it short:
our tech specs:
Channel: Mono
Sample rate: 44100 Hz
Sample format: 16 bit
Export bitrate: 128 kbps
maybe you may find our wiki page interesting: 1-2-3 audacity
we even have video tutorials

but please, dont feel shocked or frustrated:
that is all done within a few minutes:
please use your recording, make starting and ending silence "silent", save it with the correct tech specs settings, and upload it again :-)

cheers,
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Post by tparker » September 20th, 2018, 5:42 pm

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

Thanks for your feedback, and for your kind words. I believe I have made the corrections you indicated.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Regards,

TP

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Post by schrm » September 21st, 2018, 2:14 am

tparker wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 5:42 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_tomparker.mp3

Thanks for your feedback, and for your kind words. I believe I have made the corrections you indicated.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Regards,

TP
hi tom,

again: your concise, expressive reading is impressive!

this recording is not the first one?
it is "better" regarding our tech specs, but you need to work over it.
and it is just 0,2-1 seconds, just 0,5 db out of range
since these are quite useful steps, you may have to do for recordings in future, may i suggest to edit this second recording?

and, just to mention it: please keep it up! that corrections are done within a minute and this post is long, because i wrote some (hopefully helpful) step by step paragraphs.

this time, i found these little mistakes:
:!: your starting silence is too long it has 1,7 seconds, we aim for a start between 0,5 and 1 seconds, staying variable about the length (starting and ending silence are mentioned in every projects first post, btw. they are, more or less, tech specs)
:!: your ending silence is around 4 seconds, we aim for 5 (you could cut the second from the starting silence and paste it at the end :-))
:!: we aim for 89db average volume, your file has 85.5db. (i will write a short paragraph about that)

so, i will try to write about the steps, so that it is done within a minute (or two):

- cut a second from the starting silence and paste at the end of your recording: just mark a section of about a second in the audacity window, press ctrl+
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- to meter the volume of your recording, most of us use our checker programme or the audacity plugin ReplayGain. you dont have to install them, not both and not one of them, but these tools are a big help! i recommend to try them, see if you want to use them!
ReplayGain just meters the average volume and suggests the value, you have to use for the audacity effect amplify. here is the link to ReplayGain
the checker is a sort of librivox-specialised tool!
we have all informations and the link to it in our wikipage about checker.
without these tools, you can only estimate about the average volume of your file.

- to amplify your file, simply use audacity, select your whole track with typing ctrl+a (at the same time), then go to menue item "effect", click on "amplify", change the parameter per numbers or dragging to the left/right on the slider, click ok - and save your file again.

in short: please, edit this second recording. cut a second and paste it, and use audacity's amplify functionality.

thank you for will to hang on!
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Post by tparker » September 21st, 2018, 6:52 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_tomparker_3.mp3

Dear schrm:

Thanks for your patience. I am a retired schoolteacher and have all day! I appreciate your valuable time.

I believe I correctly cut/pasted the 1 sec. Also, I executed the amplify command then got a "pass" from checker.

Have a listen.

TP

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Post by schrm » September 21st, 2018, 10:01 am

tparker wrote:
September 21st, 2018, 6:52 am
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_tomparker_3.mp3

Dear schrm:

Thanks for your patience. I am a retired schoolteacher and have all day! I appreciate your valuable time.

I believe I correctly cut/pasted the 1 sec. Also, I executed the amplify command then got a "pass" from checker.

Have a listen.

TP

hi tom,

first: pl is ok, you are ready to contribute!
an admin will stop by, eventually, and add the [ok] to this thread.

thank you so much for staying interested!
im not a teacher at all...and i think, to read my german english and these hints could have been a little bit frustrating..
either way, it paid off and i think, the result is perfect!

do you know already, what you want to read first?
most people prefer to begin with short texts or poems. please have a look around in our forum, and claim an open section - which catches your eyes or suits your interests!

i wish you much fun and many many contributions to the public domain!

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Post by tparker » September 21st, 2018, 11:32 am

I appreciate your help.

Looking forward to diving in.

Have a great weekend.

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Post by schrm » September 22nd, 2018, 2:00 am

tparker wrote:
September 21st, 2018, 11:32 am
I appreciate your help.

Looking forward to diving in.

Have a great weekend.
thank you, you too!
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Post by LingheartArdsonrich » October 9th, 2018, 5:51 am

Hello,

These properties came up when I tested your audio sample in Adobe.

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The one minute test is designed to check that newbies have their technical settings correct before they record a live recording which can not be used and is not in any way an audition , you are providing more information than is needed and using software which is not free whose results do not match those of the recommended software.

Anne 😊

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