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Post by andreabertelli » February 3rd, 2020, 9:32 am

Hello all,

Here is my one-minute test, un-edited:

Software: Audacity v2.3.3
Microphone: Samson C01U PRO
Pop filter: paper-on-a-coathanger nimbus 1000 series

This is my first attempt at voice recording so any feedback, corrections and technical advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Post by adrianstephens » February 4th, 2020, 9:42 am

Hello Andrea,

Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice with great diction, I had no trouble understanding you.
As it stands, this is Proof Listen OK. :thumbs:

I'll take your request for feedback to provide additional information to provide constructive criticsm.

The volume is a little too low. You can download the checker program ( which you can use to check the volume against the expected range. This recording was 83 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

The file does not end with quiet period of 3-5 seconds. There are technical reasons why this needs to be there.

There is some barely noticeable background noise. Please try performing noise cleaning as shown here: I recommend making this a part of your editing routine. You'll be surprised how much difference it makes. You can also move closer to the mic, this will make a lot of difference - but watch out for those popping "p"s !

There is a barely noticeable room echo (hard acoustic). You can reduce this by recording in a room that has a lot of soft furnishings. I hung cheap removal blankets on the walls and ceiling of my shed to create an acoustically dead space for recording. You can also reduce it by speaking closer to the microphone.

If you haven't already, you might spend some time browsing through the LibriVox Wiki. It contains a wealth of great information that you'll find useful and informative about who does what, and various technical aspects.

Then spend some time becoming familiar with the forum and looking for projects that you think you'd enjoy working on. Just jump right in wherever it feels comfortable. Most of all, always have fun. You'll find lots of interesting material to record. If you're like me, you'll also discover you're learning a lot in the process and being exposed to books I otherwise wouldn't have opened or known about. You'll be contributing to an interesting project and interacting with a lot of fun and varied fellow LibriVox volunteers in the process.

Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction.
Part 15: Case Study (Poem)
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading)

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