1 minute test - SPANISH [OK]

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JessiSpain
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Post by JessiSpain » April 16th, 2020, 12:15 pm

Good afternoon -

New in Librivox and as excited as can be about participating, I humbly ask you for your feedback regarding my 1 minute test sample in Spanish.

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

Thank you very much in advance!

Jessi

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Post by TriciaG » April 18th, 2020, 8:21 am

Welcome! Sorry for the delay in anyone checking this.

It sounds good! Tech settings are correct, volume is good, no plosives (where the breath directly hits the microphone, causing explosive sounds).

You seem to have a lot of low-toned background noise, although it's hard to tell since there aren't a lot of places in the recording where you're not either speaking or breathing. ;)

Is your microphone sitting on a hard surface? If so, it could be absorbing vibrations from it, causing some lower toned noise. Try putting a folded face cloth or towel under the mic stand.

Also, turn off any electronics in the area you don't need. Their fans and motors can be picked up by the mic.

After all this (assuming you're using Audacity), you could try using some noise reduction to clean up a bit more of it. Here are a couple resources:
text instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
video, but with an older version of Audacity so the settings are different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-16 (I suggest about 12 for you)
Sensitivity: [default]
Frequency Smoothing: [default]

Try making these adjustments, then post another test. Use the same file name as your previous one, and post in this same thread when it's ready. :)
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JessiSpain
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Post by JessiSpain » April 18th, 2020, 11:03 am

Good afternoon, Tricia -

Thank you very very much for your input and suggestions about the background noise!

My fiance is currently doing some hardware/electrical work in the house, so I'll wait until night to run and post my second test making sure that the space is as clear of background noise as possible. ;)

I cannot wait to put into practice everything you've mentioned!

Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to help me.

:)

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Post by JessiSpain » April 19th, 2020, 3:51 am

Good morning, Tricia -

I would love you to listen to the new 1 minute test I recorded. I found that at 5am in the basement is the quietest space and time I can get!
Along with the proper set-up you suggested, I used to the noise reduction effect in Audicity. (I do still need to practice my breathing though :) )

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

Looking forward to reading your comments.

Thank you very much!

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Post by TriciaG » April 19th, 2020, 5:59 am

Don't think you have to record at 5 am all the time. ;) And I'm not sure what you meant by your breathing. It sounds natural to me. Don't worry about changing it.

This sounds good! You're all set. Have fun!
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Post by JessiSpain » April 20th, 2020, 6:30 am

Thank you very much for your feedback!

I cannot wait to start collaborating with a project.

Stay safe and healthy!

:)

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