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yjaved
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Post by yjaved » April 24th, 2020, 4:46 am

Please find my 1 minute test recording at this link: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_yus.mp3

Thanks,
Yus

linny
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Post by linny » April 25th, 2020, 6:11 am

Yus,
Welcome to LV! It's great to have you here. You have a lovely voice and it's nice and clear.

There are a few things to work out but they aren't too challenging. First, we will look at amplifying and then noise cleaning.

we need to get you a little louder. For future recording you can try adjusting your mic positioning or the input level but for this one let’s just amplify. Your recording is at 81.5dB. We aim for 89dB with an allowance of 86-92dB. Highlight your audio. Go to Effect>Amplify>8 ok. Now see how the majority of your waves are about the height of 0.5 to -0.5 (look to the left of the wave on the Audacity program you should see numbers ranging from 1.0 to -1.0) This is the height you are aiming for.

Now let’s do a little bit of noise cleaning. Do you see how your line during the "silent" areas is "fuzzy"? This is a visual indicator there is too much background noise. In the future be sure that you turn off everything you can hear before you start recording. Sit quietly in your recording area and just listen. If you can hear it, so can the microphone.
For this recording try some noise cleaning. Noise cleaning and amplifying are the two most common edits we do.
First highlight some of your "silence", say 0:28-0:30.
Effect>Noise Reduction>Get Noise Profile
Select your entire recording
Effect>Noise Reduction>Play around with the noise settings (using the "preview" button until you are satisfied). I used 37, 6.00, 6. Toggle to reduce noise>OK.
See how the line in your silence areas became a very fine line? That's what you are looking for.

Please upload the modified file and post another link to this same thread for a double check.

In case you are a visual learner here are some videos which may help. They aren't your version of Audacity but should still prove helpful.
Noise cleaning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw
Amplify: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_z607awyLw
Here is our full catalog of videos: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos

yjaved
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Post by yjaved » April 25th, 2020, 9:08 am

Linny,

Thank you so much for the helpful feedback. I have made the requested changes and uploaded the the modified file. Here is the link: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_yus.mp3
Hope to get an OK this time :-)

Yus

linny
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Post by linny » April 25th, 2020, 10:22 am

Yus,
Great job! Proof Listen (PL) ok. :clap: :clap: :clap:

You may now record for projects. We suggest starting in short works until you are comfortable with the editing process.

Double check your mic position. I hear a few 'plosives'. Place your finger on your mic and talk. If you can feel your breath then move the mic slightly. Many of us find great success with off to the side or above.

When you have some time please take a look at our wiki. It's a wonderful resource.

Have fun and thank you for contributing. :D

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