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CraigBryant
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Post by CraigBryant » February 6th, 2020, 5:41 pm

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

Recorded with Audacity on Windows 10 using a Fifine usb microphone.

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » February 7th, 2020, 11:50 am

CraigBryant wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 5:41 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_craigbryant.mp3

Recorded with Audacity on Windows 10 using a Fifine usb microphone.
Hello Craig,

Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, fully of character; I had no trouble understanding you.
I can envisage you contributing to some of our dramatic readings.

Your recording is almost there.

Advisory: The volume is a little too high. 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 92.1 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB. It's better to aim for the middle of this range, particularly when you are doing dramatic works.

Required: There is some noticeable background noise (computer fan?), 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 !


Please address at least the required technical issue 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
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

CraigBryant
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Post by CraigBryant » February 7th, 2020, 4:35 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 11:50 am
2/7/20
Here is my new recording:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_craigbryant.mp3
I used the Checker program on it and passed.
CraigBryant wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 5:41 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_craigbryant.mp3

Recorded with Audacity on Windows 10 using a Fifine usb microphone.
Hello Craig,

Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, fully of character; I had no trouble understanding you.
I can envisage you contributing to some of our dramatic readings.

Your recording is almost there.

Advisory: The volume is a little too high. 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 92.1 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB. It's better to aim for the middle of this range, particularly when you are doing dramatic works.

Required: There is some noticeable background noise (computer fan?), 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 !


Please address at least the required technical issue 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 adrianstephens » February 8th, 2020, 12:30 am

CraigBryant wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 4:35 pm

2/7/20
Here is my new recording:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_craigbryant.mp3
I used the Checker program on it and passed.
Hello Craig,

Proof listen OK. :thumbs:

I can see that you re-recorded this, and perhaps moved closer to the Mic.
The technical parameters are now OK. The background noise reduced slightly - sufficiently for the checker to not flag it.
However, I do recommend you do noise reduction (switch track display to Waveform (db) to see) as a regular part of
your editing in future.

Now 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. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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