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dmitrymazo
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Post by dmitrymazo » January 6th, 2019, 7:08 am

This is a 1-Minute Test recording.

OS: MacOS
Software: Garage Band
Hardware: SE Electronics X1 condenser microphone and Focusrite Scarlett sound card

I would be VERY glad to hear any suggestions that would help me become a better reader. Accent, intonation, voice height, breathing, etc. Anything!:)
And of course some technical advice if needed.

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Thank you!

Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_dmitrymazo.mp3

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Post by Carolin » January 6th, 2019, 12:31 pm

hi and welcome to librivox!

i have checked your test and i have two small notes for you.

1. a tiny technical detail. we need our recordings in a certain format or archive.org, where our files are hosted, wont accept them. so we need our recordings at 128kbps mono, yours is at 160 kbps 44.100 Hz Stereo (Joint). easy thing to fix in audacity! here is a wiki article that explains exactly how to set your software correctly: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Audacity_1-2-3

2. also a small detail. your volume is high, just a little above the range that we try to keep our recordings in. the volume is difficult in audacity because the software doesnt just tell you the volume. but you can install a little addon that a lot of us use, called replaygain, which helps you set your volume at 89 decibel, the "perfect" volume (everything between 86-92 is okay, your recording comes in at 92,6). Have a look at this wiki article here https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity
you can of course also use the tool amplify and use a negative value of -2.5, which also fixes the volume. but going forward, replaygain might be the easiest option for you.

i have no other suggestions for you, though you asked. i would recommend, if i may, to start with a recording in your native language. if you want to improve, it may be best to start in your native language, because in it you neednt worry about your accent and pronunciation, and only add these worries with english text when you feel comfortable with the reading as such :)

may i ask you to change the settings to 128kbps mono, and decrease the volume a bit, and reupload? just to make sure everything works :) thank you!
Carolin

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dmitrymazo
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Post by dmitrymazo » January 6th, 2019, 5:17 pm

Thank you very much!

Please check that the file is alright now.

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

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Post by Carolin » January 7th, 2019, 1:12 pm

hiya, i checked your updated test and it is now good!

you are ready to go! go forth and record :D
Carolin

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