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Krjon3s
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Post by Krjon3s » February 3rd, 2020, 8:44 pm

This is my 1 minute test contribution. Any and all constructive criticism is welcome!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Librivox_Test_-_1.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » February 4th, 2020, 9:57 am

Krjon3s wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 8:44 pm
This is my 1 minute test contribution. Any and all constructive criticism is welcome!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Librivox_Test_-_1.mp3
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

There's a few minor technical changes you need to make that will improve the recording and make it acceptable.

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

FYI, the file name should be all lower-case. This doesn't matter for this test recording, but is a uniform standard for actual recordings.

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono at variable kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the "save as MP3" dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.

Require: The volume is way too low. You can download the checker program (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker) which you can use to check the volume against the expected range. This recording was 74 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Advisory: There is some barely noticeable background noise, which can distract from the reading. Please try performing noise cleaning as shown here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning. 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 are some noticeable plosives in the "P" sounds. There are some different ways to fix this: 1)

Please address at least the required technical issues and upload a new version. If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.

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.


Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens

Krjon3s
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Post by Krjon3s » February 4th, 2020, 1:38 pm

Thank you very much adrianstephens, I appreciate your imput very much and will address the issues that you have brought to my attention.

I am a rookie in the deepest sense of the meaning and expect to hit many speed bumps before being ready to upload any books permanently.

I will explore your links and read up on as many tips as I can in the meantime.

To be honest, I have read very little to do with the recording process and instead just jumped right in.. sometimes this pays off but learning how to use my recording gear is a must.

as for the plosives, I figured it would be an issue and have already ordered myself another mic, pop filter and mic stand to experiment with. I made the recording with what I have for now just to see what kind of replies that I get.

Again, I appreciate your input to no end and look forward to hearing from you after my second attempt.. and any others needed thereafter.

Kris

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Post by Krjon3s » February 4th, 2020, 4:07 pm

I have played with some settings and tried another recording.

Bear in mind that I am still waiting for my new mic and pop filter to arrive so this is just another rerecording with the same gear. I think I may also try another area of the house as I can hear a lot of traffic outside my window and am unsure if it is transferring to the recording.
Thank you in advance for your time and any feedback.

Kris


https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/lbtest_5.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » February 5th, 2020, 2:37 am

Krjon3s wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 4:07 pm
I have played with some settings and tried another recording.

Bear in mind that I am still waiting for my new mic and pop filter to arrive so this is just another rerecording with the same gear. I think I may also try another area of the house as I can hear a lot of traffic outside my window and am unsure if it is transferring to the recording.
Thank you in advance for your time and any feedback.

Kris


https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/lbtest_5.mp3
Hello Kris,

You have addressed the technical issues in the recording, and you're still reading well :0)
Proof listen OK. :thumbs:

There is still some background noise there, but I don't notice it on headphones.
If you take a section of silence, normalize it (Effects/Normalize) and play just that section (shift + play), you can hear
what the noise is. Most of it is hiss - a better mic will help with that. There is some rumbling. Noise reduction should
have helped with that, but don't overdo it. 12-15 db of noise reduction should be enough. You can also experiment
with equalization (Effect/Equalize) and a bass cut to selectively remove the rumble.

Do experiment with these various settings. But don't let it stop you recording. You are good to go now!

Best Regards,
Adrian

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Post by Krjon3s » February 5th, 2020, 3:32 pm

Thank you very much for your input, it means the world to me 👍🏻
I will try and see what I can do about the background noise and address it.
Cheers fellow librivoxer!

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