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Post by arthurltaylor » July 21st, 2019, 5:13 pm

I recorded this using a Roland R-09hr Recorder, I then normalised the audio file on logic 9 and bounced it mono 128kbps mp3.

This file is without further processing
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_arthurltaylor.mp3

This file is with a very slight lowcut EQ (Logic's built in standard EQ) and a white noise reducer (on Logic's built in Denoiser) on the audio channel
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_arthurltaylor(denoiser+lowcut).mp3

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Post by KevinS » July 21st, 2019, 5:23 pm

One must record in mono rather than stereo and your volume is outside our recommended boundaries. A pleasant voice, though!

Do you have Audacity available to you? It has a noise reduction capability that is really quite good. Your recording has a hiss that one could easily eliminate.

Also, I'll post a link to our 'checker' program, too.
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Post by KevinS » July 21st, 2019, 5:30 pm

Here's the checker program. It is quite helpful. https://cgjennings.ca/checker.html
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Post by KevinS » July 21st, 2019, 5:46 pm

And here, if I've done it right, is a sample of what your recording could sound like. (I didn't check any specs, just the hiss.)

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_arthurltaylormod.mp3
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Post by KevinS » July 21st, 2019, 5:47 pm

Again, feel free to ask for help. I'll watch for when you re-do your test.
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Post by arthurltaylor » August 1st, 2019, 1:11 pm

KevinS wrote:
July 21st, 2019, 5:23 pm
One must record in mono rather than stereo and your volume is outside our recommended boundaries. A pleasant voice, though!

Do you have Audacity available to you? It has a noise reduction capability that is really quite good. Your recording has a hiss that one could easily eliminate.

Also, I'll post a link to our 'checker' program, too.
Thanks for the feedback!

will get Audacity and use the recommended noise reduction.

Ok so it must be recorded in mono, and not just end up a mono audio file? I ask because my stereo field recorder is better quality than my other microphones I think which is why I used it. But will try out something else if stereo mic is not OK!

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Post by KevinS » August 1st, 2019, 1:15 pm

arthurltaylor wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 1:11 pm
KevinS wrote:
July 21st, 2019, 5:23 pm
One must record in mono rather than stereo and your volume is outside our recommended boundaries. A pleasant voice, though!

Do you have Audacity available to you? It has a noise reduction capability that is really quite good. Your recording has a hiss that one could easily eliminate.

Also, I'll post a link to our 'checker' program, too.
Thanks for the feedback!

will get Audacity and use the recommended noise reduction.

Ok so it must be recorded in mono, and not just end up a mono audio file? I ask because my stereo field recorder is better quality than my other microphones I think which is why I used it. But will try out something else if stereo mic is not OK!
I'm no expert, but if the file is exported (and converted?) as a mono mp3, then all is well. (I think I did that once.)
E agora, José?

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Post by arthurltaylor » August 4th, 2019, 4:55 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_arthurltaylor.mp3

This passes the checker test! What do you think of the hiss reduction? I used Logic again but with better settings and think it may be at least as good as the Audacity alternative.

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Post by KevinS » August 4th, 2019, 6:58 am

arthurltaylor wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 4:55 am
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_arthurltaylor.mp3

This passes the checker test! What do you think of the hiss reduction? I used Logic again but with better settings and think it may be at least as good as the Audacity alternative.
Better!

I do think you ought to use Audacity, though. I've run your second test through its noise reduction and this is what I reach:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_arthurcleaned.mp3

I think it does better justice to your voice.
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Post by arthurltaylor » August 4th, 2019, 7:14 am

Yes that is much better. Had a play with he settings and settled on this:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_arthurltaylor(NR(15-6-6)x2).mp3

noise reduction: 15
sensitivity 6
frequency smoothing (bands): 6
applied twice

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Post by arthurltaylor » August 4th, 2019, 7:18 am

arthurltaylor wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 7:14 am
Yes that is much better. Had a play with he settings and settled on this:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_arthurltaylor(NR(15-6-6)x2).mp3

noise reduction: 15
sensitivity 6
frequency smoothing (bands): 6
applied twice
the hyperlink is wrong because of all the punctuation! but the whole thing copied and pasted is the link

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Post by KevinS » August 4th, 2019, 8:34 am

I'm a bit torn. I'm going to ask someone who knows better than me about such things.

There is, to me, an acceptable slight hiss behind the voice in your latest. The voice itself is quite nice, better than what I provided to you this morning, as my 'cleaning' gave the voice a bit of a 'hollow' sound.
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Post by arthurltaylor » August 4th, 2019, 11:16 am

KevinS wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 8:34 am
I'm a bit torn. I'm going to ask someone who knows better than me about such things.

There is, to me, an acceptable slight hiss behind the voice in your latest. The voice itself is quite nice, better than what I provided to you this morning, as my 'cleaning' gave the voice a bit of a 'hollow' sound.
Thanks for all your consideration! What settings on Audacity did you use? And I'll have a play around and try out some middle ground

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Post by KevinS » August 4th, 2019, 11:41 am

arthurltaylor wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 11:16 am
KevinS wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 8:34 am
I'm a bit torn. I'm going to ask someone who knows better than me about such things.

There is, to me, an acceptable slight hiss behind the voice in your latest. The voice itself is quite nice, better than what I provided to you this morning, as my 'cleaning' gave the voice a bit of a 'hollow' sound.
Thanks for all your consideration! What settings on Audacity did you use? And I'll have a play around and try out some middle ground
I run files twice if not three times, using different swathes of what should be silence. My settings are 8 noise reduction, 4 sensitivity, 2 frequency smoothing, and noise reduce rather than residue. (Frankly, I haven't played with them much at all. I hardly know what it all means.)
E agora, José?

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Post by lymiewithpurpose » August 4th, 2019, 12:05 pm

KevinS wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 11:41 am
I'm a bit torn. I'm going to ask someone who knows better than me about such things.
Kevin has expressed interest in another set of ears, so I am here to comment on this.

Taking this link: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_arthurltaylor(NR(15-6-6)x2).mp3 I think that the amount of noise is more than acceptable on this. I do not hear the hiss at all that Kevin did (Kevin did you click on the link or copy and paste the entire thing? If you clicked on the link there is a different test with more of a hiss). I think that this is most definitely fine for LibriVox and that those settings seemed to work well for you. But, since we are on the topic of settings, mine are a tad different at Noise Reduction: 12, Sensitivity: 6, Frequency: 0. So you could play around with that if you wanted, but I think you are more than fine to begin recording (as long as Kevin has checked all the other specs, I just listened for noise).

EDIT: This is a great example to pay attention to file naming instructions. I think without the parentheses the link would have worked. Also, heads up that in real recordings the letters must be lowercase. As it is a test it is ok this time.
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