1 Minute Test - Diana V [OK]

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dvandervis
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Post by dvandervis » February 25th, 2020, 7:37 pm

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

My one minute test

Software: Audacity
USB Microphone w/ pop filter
Windows 10

File is mostly raw, I edited out one stumble and added a second of silence in place around the 40-41s mark. It could probably use an extra second or two of silence at the end as well.

My biggest problem I'm aware of is volume. This was the loudest recording I made, at about 80dB. Windows microphone input is 75%, Audacity is 100% (this is about 6dB louder than having both windows and audacity maxed, and I'm not getting the weird distortion I was seeing when I did have both maxed out.) Not sure what else I can do to bring this up to spec.

Any recommendations?

Di
Diana V.

Constructive criticism is always welcome. Do I need to slow down? How's my enunciation? Did I stumble, or pause too long? Please let me know!

linny
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Post by linny » February 27th, 2020, 8:49 am

Hello Di,
Welcome to LV! You have a great clear and clean recording.

First, we are human. We breath when we speak so don't make yourself crazy about breath sounds.

You may want to adjust your mic placement to closer than 10". When you do that you will increase the volume but test the placement. Put your finger on the microphone. Talk. If you feel your breath on the mic then move the mic slightly to the side. That works well for most of us.

Adjusting volume and noise cleaning are the two most common after recording edits we make. To amplify, Highlight your audio. Go to Effect>Amplify>(# you want to increase by) ok. Now see how the majority of your waves are about the height of 0.5 to -0.5 (look to the left of the wave on the Audacity program you should see numbers ranging from 1.0 to -1.0) This is the height you are aiming for.

Please upload the modified file and post another link to this same thread for a double check.

In case you are a visual learner here are some videos which may help. They aren't your version of Audacity but should still prove helpful.
Noise cleaning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw
Amplify: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_z607awyLw
Here is our full catalog of videos: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos

dvandervis
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Post by dvandervis » February 29th, 2020, 6:14 pm

Take 2 after experimenting with mic placement and finally running it through amplify. Am I clear to start work?


https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_dianavandervis2.mp3
Diana V.

Constructive criticism is always welcome. Do I need to slow down? How's my enunciation? Did I stumble, or pause too long? Please let me know!

linny
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Post by linny » March 1st, 2020, 6:57 am

Diana,
This one is perfect. Proof Listen (PL) ok. :clap:

You may now record for projects. We suggest starting in short works until you are comfortable with the editing process.

When you have some time please take a look at our wiki. It's a wonderful resource.

Have fun and thank you for contributing.

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