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sirosenberg
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Post by sirosenberg » April 15th, 2020, 6:08 pm

Hi pals! I have two files, one for the English test and one for the Spanish test. I'd love to hear some feedback!

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

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

Here's a little bit about my setup:
Mic: Rode NT1-A
Interface: Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd gen)
Program: Audacity

Thanks for all the help!
Last edited by sirosenberg on April 17th, 2020, 10:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Post by adrianstephens » April 16th, 2020, 1:36 am

sirosenberg wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Hi pals! I have two files, one for the English test and one for the Spanish test. I'd love to hear some feedback!

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

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

Here's a little bit about my setup:
Mic: Rode NT1-A
Interface: Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd gen)
Program: Audacity

Thanks for all the help!
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a wonderfullly clear voice, I had no trouble understanding your English. I also listened to the Spanish, and if I understood Spanish, I would have understood it too :0). You have a great technical set-up.


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

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono 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.

Please address the required technical issue 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 5: Performance and Volume https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I
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
...
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 sirosenberg » April 16th, 2020, 12:03 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
April 16th, 2020, 1:36 am
sirosenberg wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Hi pals! I have two files, one for the English test and one for the Spanish test. I'd love to hear some feedback!

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

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

Here's a little bit about my setup:
Mic: Rode NT1-A
Interface: Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd gen)
Program: Audacity

Thanks for all the help!
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a wonderfullly clear voice, I had no trouble understanding your English. I also listened to the Spanish, and if I understood Spanish, I would have understood it too :0). You have a great technical set-up.


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

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono 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.

Please address the required technical issue 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 5: Performance and Volume https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I
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
Hi Adrian,

Thanks for the clarification on the mp3 files! I know when I was saving the files I had trouble finding the specific 128 kb/s, and now I realize it was because my bit mode was on the preset which is apparently variable. A quick and easy fix! Hope these are up to standard:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_sirosenberg_2.mp3

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/prueba_sirosenberg_2.mp3

I've read through quite a bit of the Wiki but of course I'm still getting started on the site. And thank you for the video - I'll be sure to check them out! I'm happy to take all the tips I can get. I should also note that I already use basic noise reduction and compression on Audacity so if you find that anything might sound off in that realm, feel free to reach out about that!

Thank you again!
~Sarah Irene Rosenberg
~Sarah Irene

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Post by adrianstephens » April 16th, 2020, 11:01 pm

sirosenberg wrote:
April 16th, 2020, 12:03 pm

Hi Adrian,

Thanks for the clarification on the mp3 files! I know when I was saving the files I had trouble finding the specific 128 kb/s, and now I realize it was because my bit mode was on the preset which is apparently variable. A quick and easy fix! Hope these are up to standard:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_sirosenberg_2.mp3

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/prueba_sirosenberg_2.mp3

I've read through quite a bit of the Wiki but of course I'm still getting started on the site. And thank you for the video - I'll be sure to check them out! I'm happy to take all the tips I can get. I should also note that I already use basic noise reduction and compression on Audacity so if you find that anything might sound off in that realm, feel free to reach out about that!

Thank you again!
~Sarah Irene Rosenberg
Hello Sarah,

Well done - you now meet the technical requirements. All other aspects of your recording, including noise reduction are absolutely fine.

Proof listen OK!.

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. 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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