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blossom1026
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Post by blossom1026 » January 10th, 2020, 5:45 pm

Hello, I'm new to this process. Please provide feedback on audio test as I get started. Thnxs much!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_blossom1026.mp3

Software = Audacity / Mic = Zoom H1 /

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Post by KevinS » January 10th, 2020, 6:11 pm

Welcome!

All fine except that the volume is too low for our standards. Would please resubmit a test with an increase in volume of at least 10dBs?

blossom1026
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Post by blossom1026 » January 26th, 2020, 3:31 pm

2nd attempt after adjusting Audacity setting.
Please provide feedback on audio test as I get started. Thnxs much!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_blossom1026.mp3

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Post by blossom1026 » January 26th, 2020, 3:35 pm

Hello, feedback from my initial test said sound was too low. Is this level ok? Any new feedback will be appreciated. Thanks.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_blossom1026.mp3

Hudbus
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Post by Hudbus » January 26th, 2020, 7:59 pm

Hello there!

Quick edit: I have just seen your new post and the same comments as below apply.

Full disclosure that I am new as well, but am looking to see what all others have done before heading into things head-first.

Unless I'm mistaken, the recording has not changed. I've run both versions linked through Audacity to check levels, and they match exactly.

Did you accidentally re-submit the same file as prior? There is no change to the URL between your two posts.

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Post by linny » January 27th, 2020, 10:44 am

Hello Blossom,
Welcome to LV!

We need to get you a little louder. For future recording you can try adjusting your mic positioning or the input level but for this one let’s just amplify. Your recording is at 79.6dB. We aim for 89dB with an allowance of 86-92dB. Highlight your audio. Go to Effect>Amplify>10 ok. Now see how the majority of your waves are about the height of 0.5 to -0.5 (look to the left of the wave on the Audacity program you should see numbers ranging from 1.0 to -1.0) This is the height you are aiming for.

Now that we have you louder we should do some noise cleaning. Do you see how your 'silent' areas have little 'dots' on it?
This is a visual indicator there is too much background noise. In the future be sure that you turn off everything you can hear before you start recording. Sit quietly in your recording area and just listen. If you can hear it, so can the microphone.
For this recording try some noise cleaning. Noise cleaning and amplifying are the two most common edits we do.
First highlight some of your "silence", say 0:40-0:427.
Effect>Noise Reduction>Get Noise Profile
Select your entire recording
Effect>Noise Reduction>Play around with the noise settings (using the "preview" button until you are satisfied). I used 20, 6.00, 6. Toggle to reduce noise>OK.
See how the line in your silence areas became a very fine line? That's what you are looking for.

Please upload the modified file and post another link to this same thread for a double check.

In case you are a visual learner here are some videos which may help. They aren't your version of Audacity but should still prove helpful.
Noise cleaning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw
Amplify: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_z607awyLw
Here is our full catalog of videos: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos

Please also post in this thread if you have any questions about the changed needed.

blossom1026
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Post by blossom1026 » February 1st, 2020, 3:43 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Very helpful.

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Post by blossom1026 » February 1st, 2020, 3:58 pm

Hello please review...cheers.

via H1 Zoom mic

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/TESTtest_blossom1026.mp3

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Post by linny » February 1st, 2020, 4:43 pm


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Post by linny » February 1st, 2020, 4:44 pm

I've included the link in your original post so we can see the history of what we have been working on. Please see results here: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=77808

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Post by linny » February 1st, 2020, 4:47 pm

Hello Blossom,
You have successfully working through all of the LV requirements. This test meets everything we need. PL OK. :clap:

You may now record for projects. We suggest starting in short works until you are comfortable with the editing process.

When you have some time please take a look at our wiki. It's a wonderful resource.

Have fun and thank you for contributing.

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Post by blossom1026 » February 2nd, 2020, 5:31 pm

:D Yeahhhh...womderful. thank you for the feedback.

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