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Post by hdussold » April 16th, 2020, 8:17 am

Hello! I am new here and would love some feedback on my 1-minute test, linked below. I am using a USB cardioid condenser mic and Audacity software on a Mac. I appreciate any feedback in regards to technical settings or how I can improve my reading!

Thanks, all. Excited to be here.

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Post by taylutian » April 16th, 2020, 2:03 pm

I think that your voice is perfect for this kind of work. You would be perfect for the voice of a character. :D

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » April 16th, 2020, 5:02 pm

Please make the following technical adjustments -

1. This file was saved in the wrong format (108kbps variable bitrate). You need to export as a 128 kbps constant bitrate mp3 file. In Audacity, you do this when you export the file. Under File - Export - Export as mp3. In the window that pops up, choose the following Format Options: Bit Rate Mode - Constant; Quality 128 kbps; Channel Mode - Force export to mono.

2. The volume on this recording is too high. (95.5 db). We aim for 89 db with an acceptable range of 86-92 db. Please try decreasing the mic input volume either in Audacity or in the Sounds and Audio controls.

To judge whether you have the volume set correctly, your waveform in Audacity should look similar to this example:


Detailed instructions for adjusting your input levels can be found here:

You can download the checker program to check your volume after exporting to mp3 and before you upload your file.

If you prefer you can use the Replay Gain plugin in directly in Audacity to tell you how much your file needs to be amplified to get to 89 db. Instructions here:

If you can't adjust your input volume to reach the target 89 db, then, you will need to use the Effect:Amplify to actually deamplify the file. Important: be sure the box to allow clipping is not checked!

3. You have a number of plosives on consonants which occur when your breath hits the microphone as you speak. Try backing away a little and moving your microphone a little to one side or just below or above your mouth when speaking to eliminate these from your recordings. A pop filter can also help with this.

4. Lastly, you may want to apply the Noise Reduction Effect in Audacity to reduce the background noise.

Please try the above adjustments and upload another test. Just post the link to this same thread to keep all your tests together.
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