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Post by ThorneSmith » February 28th, 2020, 11:28 am

Hi,

Linked is my 1 minute test. I think I followed the instructions correctly on the 1-minute test wiki page. Please advise.

Software: Audacity
OS: Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3

AKG Perception P120 attached to an XAir 18 back through USB to the surface pro.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/oneminutetest_01_smith.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » February 29th, 2020, 12:43 am

ThorneSmith wrote:
February 28th, 2020, 11:28 am
Hi,

Linked is my 1 minute test. I think I followed the instructions correctly on the 1-minute test wiki page. Please advise.

Software: Audacity
OS: Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3

AKG Perception P120 attached to an XAir 18 back through USB to the surface pro.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/oneminutetest_01_smith.mp3
Hello Thorne,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
Congratulations - you meet librivox's technical standards. Proof Listen OK!

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I'll take your request for feedback to provide additional information to provide constructive criticsm.

Did you do noise reduction? If not, ignore this. Otherwise, you might experiment with a bit less noise reduction. You don't have to reduce the noise to zero, just to the point where it is not audible (perhaps -50dB). Use Waveform (db) track display mode to highlight the noise. The reason I'm saying this is I think I'm catching a slightly "processed" sound to the recording - or it might just be my ageing ears.

There is a noticeable "hard acoustic". You can reduce this by recording in a room that has a lot of soft furnishings. I hung cheap removal blankets on the walls and ceiling of my shed to create an acoustically dead space for recording. You can also reduce it by speaking closer to the microphone.

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.

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
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Post by ThorneSmith » March 3rd, 2020, 5:27 pm

Thank you for the review.

Here is try number 2.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/oneminutetest_06_smith.mp3

Thanks again for the review.

Thorne

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Post by audiomike » March 3rd, 2020, 7:13 pm

This sounds like one of three possible things.
1 You have a room reverb effect turned on for the mixing console
or
2 This can also happen if you have the internal mic on the Surface turned on at the same time. But that shouldn't happen with a USB interface.
or
3 You're recording in an empty warehouse, which I hope you aren't. :)

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Post by adrianstephens » March 3rd, 2020, 11:45 pm

ThorneSmith wrote:
March 3rd, 2020, 5:27 pm
Thank you for the review.

Here is try number 2.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/oneminutetest_06_smith.mp3

Thanks again for the review.

Thorne
Hello Thorne,

Agree with audiomike, there's a lot of echo. This echo can interfere with comprehension. It's worse than in your original
recording. Unless you moved to that warehouse, you must have changed something in your recording setup.

You really need to return to the original acoustic, which was "hard", rather than this which is "grand canyon hard".

Best,
Adrian
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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

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Post by ThorneSmith » March 4th, 2020, 11:44 am

Hi, I really do appreciate your time.

I used a warmer mike and turned off everything except the output from the mike.
Hopefully this is better. After your comments I could REALLY hear what you were talking about.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/oneminutetest_05_smith.mp3

Thanks

Thorne

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Post by adrianstephens » March 4th, 2020, 12:33 pm

ThorneSmith wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 11:44 am
Hi, I really do appreciate your time.

I used a warmer mike and turned off everything except the output from the mike.
Hopefully this is better. After your comments I could REALLY hear what you were talking about.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/oneminutetest_05_smith.mp3

Thanks

Thorne
Hello Thorne,

This is now perfect! PL OK. Go ahead and conquer.

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 ThorneSmith » March 4th, 2020, 2:17 pm

Thank you so much for your time.

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