One Minute Test by Kalpana

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Kay123
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Post by Kay123 » February 7th, 2020, 7:03 am

Hi,

I am new to this platform and would like to claim poem no.72 “Try Again” by Anonymous in The Junior Classics Volume 10, part 1: Poems Old and New by William Patten (1868 - 1936).
My one-minute test link is https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_Kalpana.mp3
The recording was done using Audacity.

Thanks!

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » February 7th, 2020, 11:45 am

Kay123 wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 7:03 am
Hi,

I am new to this platform and would like to claim poem no.72 “Try Again” by Anonymous in The Junior Classics Volume 10, part 1: Poems Old and New by William Patten (1868 - 1936).
My one-minute test link is https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_Kalpana.mp3
The recording was done using Audacity.

Thanks!
Hello Kalpana,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

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

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 stereo 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 a little 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 82 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

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 !

Advisory: There is some weird stuff on the entry and some table mic knock on the exit. You should get used to clearing these using Audacity.

Advisory: There is a noticeable room echo. 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.

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

Kay123
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Joined: February 3rd, 2020, 12:14 am

Post by Kay123 » February 7th, 2020, 9:18 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 11:45 am
Kay123 wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 7:03 am
Hi,

I am new to this platform and would like to claim poem no.72 “Try Again” by Anonymous in The Junior Classics Volume 10, part 1: Poems Old and New by William Patten (1868 - 1936).
My one-minute test link is https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_Kalpana.mp3
The recording was done using Audacity.

Thanks!
Hello Kalpana,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

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

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 stereo 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 a little 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 82 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

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 !

Advisory: There is some weird stuff on the entry and some table mic knock on the exit. You should get used to clearing these using Audacity.

Advisory: There is a noticeable room echo. 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.

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


Hi Adrian,

Thank you for the feedback on the one-minute recording. Here's what I will look out for.

1. Filename - all lowercase- Noted. Will use the given format in each reading forum.
2. Use mp3 mono, instead of stereo.
3. Recording volume- to increase slightly.
4. Avoid background noise and clean up any persisting background noise.
5. Prevent room echo. Make the room more recording friendly. – Will see what I can do on this.

I will make the changes and resend the link.

Thanks,
Kalpana

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