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Post by PPAAYYNNEE » February 19th, 2020, 6:20 am

It's quite short and casual but would like some feedback.
I will share some poems I read with more direction and that I think are good
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_PPAAYYNNEE.wav

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Post by adrianstephens » February 20th, 2020, 3:56 am

PPAAYYNNEE wrote:
February 19th, 2020, 6:20 am
It's quite short and casual but would like some feedback.
I will share some poems I read with more direction and that I think are good
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_PPAAYYNNEE.wav
Hello Ppaayynnee,

Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you - and that's what we care about most at librivox.

There's a few minor 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.

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 .WAV stereo. 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.

Advisory: The file does not end with quiet period of 3-5 seconds. There are technical reasons why this needs to be there for an actual recording.

Required: There is a barely perceptible 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 !

Advisory: There is noticeable microphone shake/vibration throughout. You should try and avoid excessive movements while recording, such as touching the table/stand the microphone is on.

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 want to 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.



Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens
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...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

PPAAYYNNEE
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Post by PPAAYYNNEE » February 20th, 2020, 6:03 am

Thank you very much Adrian, I will upload a new one today that meets these requirements.

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Post by PPAAYYNNEE » February 20th, 2020, 7:42 am

adrianstephens wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 3:56 am

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 want to 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.



Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens


https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ppaayynnee.mp3
Please let me know if all issues have been adressed. I will be looking in to what I can do on audacity to help me in future.

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Post by adrianstephens » February 20th, 2020, 7:48 am

PPAAYYNNEE wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 7:42 am
adrianstephens wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 3:56 am

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 want to 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.



Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens


https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ppaayynnee.mp3
Please let me know if all issues have been adressed. I will be looking in to what I can do on audacity to help me in future.
Hello Scott,

The format is stereo and needs to be mono.
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.

Did you perform noise cleaning? Background noise is still audible.
I didn't hear any table shake this time around.

Can you address the stereo/mono and volume issues. The background noise can be improved by cleaning as I indicated previously.
If you're already doing this, then perhaps a different mic would help.

Best Regards,
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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Post by PPAAYYNNEE » February 20th, 2020, 8:00 am

Thanks again! I couldn't hear background noise but didn't use headphones. I will take more time to clean this audio up and post it again soon.

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Post by PPAAYYNNEE » February 20th, 2020, 9:10 am

adrianstephens wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 3:56 am
Adrian Stephens
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ppaayynnee2mono.mp3

Thank you again for this. I have converted to mono and removed noise. If this is still an issue I will have to re-record in a new location or consider a new mic.

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Post by adrianstephens » February 20th, 2020, 9:27 am

PPAAYYNNEE wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 9:10 am
adrianstephens wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 3:56 am
Adrian Stephens
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ppaayynnee2mono.mp3

Thank you again for this. I have converted to mono and removed noise. If this is still an issue I will have to re-record in a new location or consider a new mic.
Hello Ppaayynnee,

Thank you for fixing the format issue. You still have two issues: noise and the overall volume.
I still see an overall level of about 60 dB. Please use the checker program (previous post) to check this.
I compared the noise of this and your previous upload in the run-out. They are the same. You may have thought you did noise cleaning, but something went wrong. Please try again. Switch to Waveform (dB) display mode (small dropdown arrow top left of track), this will allow you to visualize the noise.

Best Regards,
Adrian
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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Post by PPAAYYNNEE » February 20th, 2020, 9:38 am

Thank you very much I will work on this again soon and keep you updated.

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Post by PPAAYYNNEE » February 26th, 2020, 2:16 am

adrianstephens wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 9:27 am

Hello Ppaayynnee,
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ppaayynnee3.mp3

I feel that I have removed the audible background nose but it is quite windy outside.
Thank you for your help!

Can I just record things now and upload them?

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Post by adrianstephens » February 26th, 2020, 4:14 am

PPAAYYNNEE wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 2:16 am
adrianstephens wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 9:27 am

Hello Ppaayynnee,
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ppaayynnee3.mp3

I feel that I have removed the audible background nose but it is quite windy outside.
Thank you for your help!

Can I just record things now and upload them?

Hello Ppaayynnee,

Your recording meets librivox standards. Proof listen OK! :thumbs:

I don't know how much noise reduction you did. There's a slightly "processed" sound to the recording, but still acceptable an intelligable. Your noise level is more than acceptable, so you might want to experiment with less noise reduction to balance noise vs the quality of the sound.

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.

How it works, is you post a reply in a forum offering to read one or more sections. The book coordinator will respond and allocate those sections to you. You then record the sections and post to the forum with a link to the upload. The proof listener will listen to the recording and indicate if it's OK or needs some work done on it. Once given the OK, the section is marked as complete.

You can start now. The book coordinator will probably check for the status of your 1-minute test, and seeing this post will allocate you sections.


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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Post by PPAAYYNNEE » February 26th, 2020, 5:10 am

Thanks again for all your help Adrian, but it seems I can't post a new topic in short works & poetry forum yet. I have some poems recorded and doing more today.

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Post by adrianstephens » February 26th, 2020, 5:31 am

PPAAYYNNEE wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 5:10 am
Thanks again for all your help Adrian, but it seems I can't post a new topic in short works & poetry forum yet. I have some poems recorded and doing more today.
Hello Ppaayynnee,

It doesn't quite work like that. Please read the various forum topics about how to start a solo book, if that is what you want to do.
There are meta coordinators who would support you as a fledgling book coordinator. They would make sure you follow the rules - e.g.,
the proven public domain status of the material you want to read.

I strongly recommend you start with an existing project, rather than diving in to solo work. That way you'll understand how all these
interactions work.

Best Regards,
Adrian
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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