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Rhodygirl62
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Post by Rhodygirl62 » February 4th, 2020, 2:36 pm

This is my first time. I'm using the latest version of Audacity. The recording is raw. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

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

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Post by adrianstephens » February 5th, 2020, 2:45 am

Rhodygirl62 wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 2:36 pm
This is my first time. I'm using the latest version of Audacity. The recording is raw. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_lisanne.mp3
Hello Lisanne,
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.

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.

Required: 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 60 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.

Required: There is some noticeable background noise, which can distract from the reading. Please perform 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 !


I think you should try to move closer to the mic, that will help with both level and noise. Then you should do noise reduction. I always apply noise
reduction even though I have a fairly quiet setup. When you get to speak more than a minute or so, you will make mistakes, and have to edit
your recording. So getting in there and making various adjustments (noise, level) costs very little extra time.

Please address at least these technical issuess 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

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Post by Rhodygirl62 » February 6th, 2020, 11:00 am

Dear Adrian:

Even though I can't seem to locate my original thread/upload, I've uploaded a new test recording having followed all your suggestions. This recording did pass Checker, so I hope I'm good to go. Thank you. Link below:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2c_lisanne.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » February 7th, 2020, 11:40 am

Rhodygirl62 wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 11:00 am
Dear Adrian:

Even though I can't seem to locate my original thread/upload, I've uploaded a new test recording having followed all your suggestions. This recording did pass Checker, so I hope I'm good to go. Thank you. Link below:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2c_lisanne.mp3
Hello Lisanne (sp?),

Great job. Whatever were the issues are now fixed. Proof listen ok! :thumbs:

There's a touch of background noise that noise reduction can reduce, unsurprisingly. But this is already more than acceptable.
It's time for you to go out and find some fun reading to do. How do you like poetry? This is a good starting point because poems
are short. There's a few open slots here: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=77857.

Another place to keep an eye on is this topic: viewforum.php?f=28 where you can find
works on the cusp of starting.

Best Regards,
Adrian

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Post by Rhodygirl62 » February 7th, 2020, 1:11 pm

Thanks, Adrian. Yup, you spelled my name correctly. Thank you for the input. I really appreciate it. I'm working on a play right now and loving it. It's true, Librivox can be addicting.

Lisanne

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