1 Minute Test by EleanorMitch

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Post by EleanorMitch » February 28th, 2020, 8:14 pm

Hello, I am looking for feedback on my first 1 minute test.
I have used Audacity on Windows and my microphone is a USB condenser (Razer Seiren X).

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

Thank you all in advance!! ^_^

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Post by adrianstephens » February 29th, 2020, 12:53 am

EleanorMitch wrote:
February 28th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Hello, I am looking for feedback on my first 1 minute test.
I have used Audacity on Windows and my microphone is a USB condenser (Razer Seiren X).

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

Thank you all in advance!! ^_^
Hello Eleanor,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

There's a few minor technical 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.

Required: The file's format is MP3 stereo at variable 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.

Advisory: The volume is a little too high. 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 92.2 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Required: There is some noticeable background noise, which can distract from the reading.
You can highlight the noise in Audacity by changing the track's display mode to "Waveform (db)" using the little pulldown arrow just to the right of the track name. I recommend leaving it there, as I do all my editing in this mode.
Please perform 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, but be careful of over-doing it (more than about 18dB), which can affect the quality. 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 a noticeable room echo. 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.

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
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