IP 1 Minute Test. Summary on Charles Dickens' A tale of two Cities. [OK]

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Post by Pobs » March 25th, 2020, 11:54 am

Hi thank you for coming to at least have a listen. Hopefully you'll give me some feedback on this too.

Recorded short summary on Charles Dickens' A tale of two Cities.

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

    Using a Mac
      Recorded using a rode mic, plugged into a audio interface
        Used garage band


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

        Thank you for your time.



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        Post by kathrinee » March 25th, 2020, 1:11 pm

        Welcome to LibriVox, Pobs, and thank you for the recording!

        You sound great :thumbs:

        One thing to fix:
        this recording is stereo, it needs to be mono. I don't know how to fix that in Garageband, but if you can't figure out there I can explain how to do it in Audacity :)

        Please have a go at editing to make it mono, save, upload and post again in this same thread for a second check. Looking forward to hearing you again!
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        Post by Pobs » March 26th, 2020, 1:39 am

        Thank you for the feedback!

        I actually recorded in Stereo and Mono but wasn't sure which one was best but that is really helpful.

        Will give it a go and put another up.
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        Post by Pobs » March 27th, 2020, 9:58 am

        Second upload with the recording set to mono... I hope.

        Grateful for your feedback.


        https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_pobs.mp3
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        Post by TriciaG » March 27th, 2020, 2:31 pm

        It still shows as stereo.

        GarageBand is a real pain to get to do both mono and 128kbps at the same time. Try using these instructions: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=GarageBand

        If that doesn't work, are you committed to using GB? If not, I recommend Audacity. It's free, and we know how to make the thing work! :lol:
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        Post by Pobs » May 2nd, 2020, 8:36 pm

        I FINALLY just downloaded Audacity, and so much simpler and easy to use.

        I should have just listened all along.

        Please tell me if this is now in mono and OK to start recording with?


        https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_pobs3.mp3


        Thanks
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        Post by TriciaG » May 3rd, 2020, 6:46 am

        It's now in mono, but the volume is too low. :)

        Your volume is too low. Visually, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
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        By numbers, your volume needs to come up about 10 dB.

        Move up the microphone slider in the Audacity window until your wave forms peak just at that .5 mark.

        You're almost there!
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        Post by Pobs » May 20th, 2020, 6:00 pm

        Recorded Something different as I didn't have my book with me.
        I hope this is better with the sound?


        https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/yoga.mary_.stewart_.blurb_.mp3

        Appreciated as always!
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        Post by TriciaG » May 20th, 2020, 6:01 pm

        Can you please rename it without periods in the file name? I can't download it.
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        Post by Pobs » May 20th, 2020, 6:03 pm

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        Post by TriciaG » May 20th, 2020, 6:05 pm

        Got it!

        Err, volume is a smidgen too high now. :lol:

        But now the bit rate is incorrect, as is the sample rate. Did you use Audacity to record this? The bit rate and sample rate settings shouldn't have changed. :hmm:

        There's a small program the spouse of a LibriVoxer developed to check the tech settings. If you're game, you can download it and use it to check the volume and other settings. It's here: https://cgjennings.ca/projects/checker/
        The volume information is in the Information tab. We aim for 89 dB, but anything between about 86 and 92 is good.
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        Post by Pobs » May 20th, 2020, 6:11 pm

        https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/pobs_test5.mp3

        How about this?

        I'm not getting on very well with this am I LOOL
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        Post by Pobs » May 20th, 2020, 6:12 pm

        Only Just seen your response.

        Ok I'll go back to the drawing board with my set up !
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        Post by kathrinee » May 20th, 2020, 9:22 pm

        Hello again :D

        In test 5 the bit rate needs adjusting to 128kbps and the sampling rate needs to be 44,100 Hz. There is a bit of background noise in this one.

        Have you done a lot of different things to edit it? I hear a slight metallic-ness to your voice here and there, and that can come from using too many processes on the recording.

        I think I would suggest making a new recording and starting from scratch. I recommend this page which tells you how to set up Audacity so that you get all the settings right, every time. https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Audacity_1-2-3 Please let us know if you have any questions! I look forward to hearing your next test -- just post it in this same thread when you are ready. :9:
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        Post by Pobs » May 25th, 2020, 8:05 am

        Thank you
        I'll start set up again and redo it all think the audacity and logic switch just confused me completely.

        Thanks for your help, lets hope the next one is better.

        (Also, I recorded the last one with my partner snoring in the background lol didn't realise it until I heard it back on here, so big no no for that one)
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