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Post by Ldear » February 13th, 2020, 3:08 pm


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Post by adrianstephens » February 14th, 2020, 4:39 am

Ldear wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 3:08 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ldear.mp3

Audacity, Windows 10, USB mic
Dear Lynda,

You read clearly and well, with one little stumble. That doesn't matter for this test, although you will learn how to edit those out
as you do longer recordings. Proof Listen OK! :thumbs:

You meet the technical requirements of Librivox. However, there are two advisories:

Advisory: there is a DC bias in the recording. This makes it hard to assess the amount of background noise. If you do an Effect/Normalize in Audacity, it can remove the DC bias.

Advisory: There is some barely noticeable background noise. Please consider 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 !

If you upload a new version and 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.

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 YouTube post on "Microphones, Noise, Audacity and Librivox" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NryVVLjd_Uk

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Post by Ldear » February 14th, 2020, 4:25 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_ldear.mp3

I hope this one is better Adrian.
Thank you for giving it a listen and for your previous advice.
Linda Dearman :D

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Post by adrianstephens » February 15th, 2020, 12:24 am

Ldear wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 4:25 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_ldear.mp3

I hope this one is better Adrian.
Thank you for giving it a listen and for your previous advice.
Linda Dearman :D
Hello Linda,

You addressed those two technical issues well. It's still PL OK. :thumbs:
The noise reduction is a balance. You don't want to be able to hear hiss in
the recording with headphones on. But if you over-do it (too many db, i.e. more than about 12-18 db)
the recording will sound a little distorted.

You might want to privately experiment with balancing these two.


Best Regards,
Adrian
My YouTube post on "Microphones, Noise, Audacity and Librivox" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NryVVLjd_Uk

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Post by Ldear » February 19th, 2020, 10:13 am

Hello. A friend borrowed me his snowball ice microphone, so I wanted to give it a try and see if it sounds okay?
thanks for any help and suggestions.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test4.mp3

audacity, blue snowball ice, windows 10

have a great day! :D

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Post by adrianstephens » February 19th, 2020, 10:50 am

Ldear wrote:
February 19th, 2020, 10:13 am
Hello. A friend borrowed me his snowball ice microphone, so I wanted to give it a try and see if it sounds okay?
thanks for any help and suggestions.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test4.mp3

audacity, blue snowball ice, windows 10

have a great day! :D
Hello Linda,

Could you do a raw recording and post that? test4 is, to my ears, over processed (i.e. noise reduction).
Best Regards,
Adrian
My YouTube post on "Microphones, Noise, Audacity and Librivox" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NryVVLjd_Uk

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Post by Ldear » February 19th, 2020, 12:47 pm

hopefully this is ok??
thanks for all the help and input.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test5.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » February 19th, 2020, 11:57 pm

Ldear wrote:
February 19th, 2020, 12:47 pm
hopefully this is ok??
thanks for all the help and input.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test5.mp3
Dear Linda,
Are you sure this is the raw recording? It still sounds highly processed to me.

Best Regards,
Adrian
My YouTube post on "Microphones, Noise, Audacity and Librivox" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NryVVLjd_Uk

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Post by Ldear » February 20th, 2020, 9:47 am

I recorded it in a small room with the door closed. Also, the microphone that my friend borrowed to me, has the round filter thing in front of the snowball microphone. maybe those two things are the reason the sound does not sound raw?
Let me know your thoughts on this. thank you.
Linda D

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Post by adrianstephens » February 20th, 2020, 12:48 pm

Ldear wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 9:47 am
I recorded it in a small room with the door closed. Also, the microphone that my friend borrowed to me, has the round filter thing in front of the snowball microphone. maybe those two things are the reason the sound does not sound raw?
Let me know your thoughts on this. thank you.
Linda D
Hello Linda,
If your snowball microphone is the one made by Blue, it should be high quality.
there should be a switch on it to select between omni (a circle) and cardioid. This should be in the cardioid position.
This looks a bit like a heart. If there are two heart shapes, you want the smoother one with less of a bite taken out of it.

Please do a raw recording and check that this is the setting and post it. If it still sounds highly processed, I have no answer,
and you might need to borrow somebody else's mic. I have used a $15 lavalier usb mic from ebay with acceptable results after
noise reduction.

Best Regards,
Adrian
My YouTube post on "Microphones, Noise, Audacity and Librivox" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NryVVLjd_Uk

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Post by Ldear » February 20th, 2020, 2:00 pm

Hello again.
I do have the Blue snowball microphone, but it does not have any switches or buttons on the microphone whatsoever. I took off the round filter that was attached and tried again. The 6th try is here in the link. Let me know your thoughts. I did this in a closed, interior walkin closet in my home. I do have another microphone I can and will try if this 1 minute test does not sound correct. thanks for you patience with me.
Linda Dearman
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test6.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » February 21st, 2020, 2:29 am

Ldear wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Hello again.
I do have the Blue snowball microphone, but it does not have any switches or buttons on the microphone whatsoever. I took off the round filter that was attached and tried again. The 6th try is here in the link. Let me know your thoughts. I did this in a closed, interior walkin closet in my home. I do have another microphone I can and will try if this 1 minute test does not sound correct. thanks for you patience with me.
Linda Dearman
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test6.mp3
Hello Linda,

Well done. You are now proof listen OK. :thumbs:
The acoustics of the closet are great. Whether you want to record in there or not is another matter!

More importantly you now have a clear recording, without a "processed" quality, and without excessive background noise.

I do note a bit of (inaudible to my ears) low-frequency noise. If you switch to Waveform (dB) (pull-down near track title), you get to see this.
I did an Effects/Equalization with a filter cutting off everything below about 50 Hz, and it removed the low-frequency noise.
There is probably no need to do this, unless you want to experiment. When you are editing, it helps to have a clean baseline,
but it is not necessary. I also did 12dB of noise cleaning, and it more or got rid of the noise without distorting the speech.
Again, you don't need to do this as you are already OK.


I suggest you 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 YouTube post on "Microphones, Noise, Audacity and Librivox" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NryVVLjd_Uk

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Post by Ldear » February 21st, 2020, 2:52 pm

Yay! thanks you so much for all the great information. I can't wait to begin!
Have a great weekend.
Linda D

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