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Euniej
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Post by Euniej » April 15th, 2020, 2:08 am

Hello,

I am new to Librivox, and I read the instructions, but still not so sure...

Anyways, could you please look at the link?

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

So if I get any problems, do I fix it and do the recording again? If it is ok, how do I proceed?

Thank you.

Euniej :D :D

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » April 16th, 2020, 1:40 am

Euniej wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 2:08 am
Hello,

I am new to Librivox, and I read the instructions, but still not so sure...

Anyways, could you please look at the link?

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

So if I get any problems, do I fix it and do the recording again? If it is ok, how do I proceed?

Thank you.

Euniej :D :D
Hello Eiunie,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

You need to make a change in order to meet Librivox's technical standards.

Required: The file's format is MP3 stereo at 320 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: There is some DC bias. You can get rid of this in Audacity using Effect/Normalise. You can download the checker program (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker)

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 ! If there is a lot of noise that is not coming from the environment, but your microphone itself, please consider investing in an alternative.

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

PS - If you're interested in developing your technique, and have the time to spare, I have recorded a number of YouTube videos on this subject.

Part 1: Installing Audacity https://youtu.be/w_QZ15c4_10
Part 2: Setting the Volume https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk
Part 3: The Checker Program https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM
Part 5: Performance and Volume https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I
Part 6: Microphones looked at https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs
Part 7: Microphones listened to https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0
Part 9: Avoiding Pops https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o
Part 14: Participating in Librivox https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
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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

Euniej
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Post by Euniej » April 16th, 2020, 5:16 am

Thank you for your answer, I will make the required adjustments (hopefully) soon and attach another file. :)

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