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Post by Kate33muse » March 2nd, 2020, 4:16 pm

I'm new here, but keen to read.

Could someone please listen to check the audio settings?

Operating system: Mac
Recorder: Audacity
and USB mic

Thanks so much,

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Post by adrianstephens » March 3rd, 2020, 3:58 am

Hello Kate,
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!


The following is for your information. You already meeting our standards, so you don't need to take any action.

There is some barely noticeable background noise, which I think was traffic noise.
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.
You might experiment with performing noise cleaning as shown here: 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.

There is some room echo (a "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
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.

Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction.
Part 15: Case Study (Poem)
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading)

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Post by Kate33muse » March 3rd, 2020, 9:48 am

Hi Adrian,

Thanks for the feedback and all the helpful suggestions. I’ll look into the sites you sent.


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