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michripwood
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Post by michripwood » February 14th, 2020, 10:13 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/librivox_test.mp3 I look forward to hearing constructive feedback on my recording.

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » February 14th, 2020, 11:09 am

michripwood wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 10:13 am
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/librivox_test.mp3 I look forward to hearing constructive feedback on my recording.
Dear Michelle,

You read clearly. I like your voice. You get some nice expression and warmth into an anodyne text.

Required: The file's format is MP3 stereo at 192 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 83 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Advisory: There is some barely noticeable background noise. You might want to experiment with 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 !
(At this stage you might not want to edit your files. But with longer performances you will have no option, so best to leap in and learn how to do it now.)

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

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