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yureread
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Post by yureread » December 6th, 2018, 4:00 pm

Hello,
I did record my audio test here. Any feedback would be really appreciated for me.
Thank you so much.

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

TriciaG
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Post by TriciaG » December 7th, 2018, 6:40 pm

Welcome!

Sounds pretty good, but there are some settings you need to change and a couple adjustments to make. :)

1. You have a couple plosives. This is when your breath directly hits the microphone on letters like P, F, or TH. Your two big spikes in your wave form are caused by these plosives.
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.

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 are different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-16 (I suggest about 12 for you)
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency Smoothing: 6

3. Bit rate is variable; it needs to be 128 constant. This is set when you export to MP3. When you go to export, on the screen where you enter the file name for the MP3, change the Bit Rate mode to Constant, and the quality should be 128 kbps. You should only have to set it once; it'll remember the setting until you change it again.

Those are my suggestions. The last one is the most important. :) 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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