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LilyRill
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Post by LilyRill » January 14th, 2019, 5:18 am

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

Recorded on a Linux laptop in Audacity. Given the slight background noise I'm thinking that there may be a loose wire somewhere (old laptop), and I may try again once I get software updated on my desktop and see if that resolves the issue.

mightyfelix
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Post by mightyfelix » January 15th, 2019, 12:46 am

Hi Lily! I see what you mean about the background noise for sure. It's not just air noise, I think, but I do hear a slight buzz. :? Audacity has a really nice noise cleaning feature, and I tried it out on your file to see how it would affect it. I was able to get rid of the noise, but unfortunately it also made your voice sound a bit flat.

In addition to the noise, though, you've got some technical settings to adjust. Let's focus on that first. Follow the instructions of this page, under "Configure": https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Audacity_1-2-3 That will walk you through setting up Audacity to create recordings that are in the right format.

Your volume is also a bit too high, by about 4 or 5 dB. Reduce the input level of your mic a little and/or move it a little further away. There's a slider bar in Audacity's toolbars with a microphone icon next to it. Move that to the left a little.

Record another test after you've done that, then post it here for another check. If you'd like to try out the noise reduction, there's a good tutorial here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Noisecleaning_With_Pics Or if you just want to fix your format settings first and worry about noise after, that's fine too. :D

LilyRill
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Post by LilyRill » January 15th, 2019, 1:35 am

Thank you, will do! I was worried about the sound level itself as well, but the wiki specifically said between .5 and 1 on Audacity, and I'm known for liking softer volumes than most people, so I just went with that. I'm going to try recording on my desktop tonight, that should get rid of the buzz issue. Hopefully.

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