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Post by Seane » October 3rd, 2019, 9:51 am

Here is my 1 minute test. I used Audacity with a Behringer XM8500 microphone on Windows 10.

I didn't use the "noise clean" as it said to leave it raw.

I look forward to feedback. Thanks.

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

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Post by KevinS » October 3rd, 2019, 10:40 am

All sounds good, though your volume is quite low at just 78 db. We aim for 86 - 92 db.

Also, one's bit rate must be a constant 128 kbps.

So, three corrections and you'll be good to go!

Should you have any questions, just ask, please.
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Post by Seane » October 3rd, 2019, 11:11 am

Uploaded it again. If it still isn't loud enough what do you suggest? Thanks.

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Post by KevinS » October 3rd, 2019, 11:21 am

Seane wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 11:11 am
Uploaded it again. If it still isn't loud enough what do you suggest? Thanks.
You're up to 80 now, but still too low, I'm afraid.

My usual method, which I take is not the best method, is to use the Amplify effect and just crank it up. This comes with some troubles, though, with sound quality in some cases. Would you like to give that a try?

In the meantime, I will ask an expert to step in.
"E agora, José?"

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Post by Seane » October 3rd, 2019, 11:38 am

OK, I have turned up my mic and re-uploaded. I have it running through a mixer so I'm a bit worried about it hitting the red lines.

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Post by KevinS » October 3rd, 2019, 11:45 am

Seane wrote:
October 3rd, 2019, 11:38 am
OK, I have turned up my mic and re-uploaded. I have it running through a mixer so I'm a bit worried about it hitting the red lines.
Up to almost 84 now.

I'm going to give you the link to the Checker program in my next post so that you can see what I'm using as a standard. It's a very helpful program developed especially for LibriVox.

As an aside, I used the Amplify effect on your recording and reached a db of 88 or so while keeping a good sound. (Your sound quality is great.) As I say, 'forcing' the volume like this can lead to problems later in editing.
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Post by KevinS » October 3rd, 2019, 11:46 am

"E agora, José?"

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Post by Jmbau13 » October 4th, 2019, 6:41 am

Checker will, as Kevin says, tell you if your tech specs including volume are OK.
Plenty of info on the wiki about upping the volume. See link at very top every Forum page Guide for Readers and Listenera.
I use Replay Gain (a plug-in thing6 that works with Sudacity) to tell me how much to amplify by.p in Ahdacity. Takes only a minute or two once you are FYI.iar with it, and works fine in m6 experience. See here for details. https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity
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Post by philchenevert » October 4th, 2019, 8:21 am

I agree that all you need to do is amplify a bit. Here is a video on how to amplify (may be a bit old but may still work) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_z607awyLw

If the checker reports your file is at 83 dB, then amplify by 6. :D
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Post by Seane » October 7th, 2019, 5:34 am

Re-uploaded and I have checked it with the "checker" myself. Showed as "Passed". Thanks for your help.

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Post by KevinS » October 7th, 2019, 5:42 am

Seane wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 5:34 am
Re-uploaded and I have checked it with the "checker" myself. Showed as "Passed". Thanks for your help.
Excellent! Time to start recording chapters, sections, and poems, right?

And if I didn't say this earlier: Welcome!
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Post by Seane » October 7th, 2019, 6:18 am

KevinS wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 5:42 am
Seane wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 5:34 am
Re-uploaded and I have checked it with the "checker" myself. Showed as "Passed". Thanks for your help.
Excellent! Time to start recording chapters, sections, and poems, right?

And if I didn't say this earlier: Welcome!
Cheers buddy!

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