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Post by ptfleischman » February 26th, 2020, 7:35 am

Here's my one-minute test using a Polsen mic with headphone-style jack.

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

Thanks,
Paul

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Post by linny » February 27th, 2020, 9:01 am

Hi Paul,
Welcome to LV! Your voice is nice and clear and there are no problems understanding you.

There are a number of adjustments needed.
-The bit rate should be 128 kbps and constant rather than variable.
-The recording should be in mono instead of stereo.
-The volume is lower than our target range of 86-92dB.
-There is a high level of background noise which should be cleaned. Remember that what you hear in your recording environment, the mic also hears.

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

You didn't mention the software you are using so I won't give advice on how to make the necessary changes but if you have Audacity take a look at our video library or the wiki. They are both valuable resources. Here is our full catalog of videos: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos

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Post by ptfleischman » February 28th, 2020, 8:18 am

Many thanks, Linny. I'm going to get a USB mic and submit a new test with all the fixes you noted.

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Post by ptfleischman » February 29th, 2020, 7:23 pm

Here's take 2, with a USB mic, Windows 10, and making use of Audacity's noise-reduction.

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

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Post by linny » March 1st, 2020, 7:03 am

Hello Paul,
All of your export settings are correct and noise cleaning is on target.

Your volume is low however. For future recording you can try adjusting your mic positioning or the input level but for this one let’s just amplify. Your recording is at 80.1dB. We aim for 89dB with an allowance of 86-92dB. Highlight your audio. Go to Effect>Amplify>9 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.

Amplifying and noise-cleaning are the most common edits we do around here so please don't be discouraged.

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

In case you are a visual learner here is a video which may help. It may not be your version of Audacity but should still prove helpful.
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

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Post by ptfleischman » March 1st, 2020, 9:35 am

I'd set the Audacity recording level at 90, but clearly that's not sufficient. Nice to see a proper waveform after following your instructions.

Coaching us newbies must be like being a first grade teacher, endlessly repeating the same things. In our defense, the needed info is spread around in quite a few places. Like most of the others, I watched Phil's video and thought I knew everything I needed. Thanks again for your help.

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

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Post by linny » March 1st, 2020, 10:03 am

Ha! Remember, someone had to coach me along too. It's my pleasure to help. We are one team; and a very friendly, helpful one too. :9: Here was my fun back in the day: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=29800&p=540620#p540620

These edits are 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 (if you haven't already). It's a wonderful resource.

Have fun and thank you for contributing. I look forward to seeing you around the forums.

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Post by ptfleischman » March 1st, 2020, 6:12 pm

You made my day!

Thanks for sharing your own early struggles. I was right there yesterday: I had a new Yeti Nano and was seriously thinking I might return it. Now I'm excitedly pondering what's just entering public domain. Though as a former proofreader I'll probably do as much proof-listening as recording.

Sampling the Thornton Burgess books on your resume, I'm impressed by the editing work required for dramatic readings. Wow! If you haven't seen it, I suspect you'd enjoy this TED talk about a similar project in the musical world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NENlXsW4pM

Is there a setting for Audacity's recording volume that you'd recommend over the 90 I used?

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Post by linny » March 3rd, 2020, 8:49 am

Wow! Thank you for that link. It was amazing and even that word is lacking. I will certainly be researching Eric Whitacre.

Editing is a part of every recording but trying to edit dramatics can be a challenge. I can't even imagine joining so many voices together or the setting it all to a video track. Truly inspiring.


I don't record directly to Audacity so I'm not the one that can help with your input level questions. You could give our Help forum a try. viewforum.php?f=23

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