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Post by hertzm » May 8th, 2020, 3:05 pm

Recording on Windows using Audacity with a Snowball microphone, thanks!

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Post by adrianstephens » May 11th, 2020, 2:29 am

hertzm wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 3:05 pm

Recording on Windows using Audacity with a Snowball microphone, thanks!
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

Congratulations - you meet librivox's technical standards. Proof Listen OK!

You can stop reading here and get on with recording. I have additional comments that you can read if you want to develop your technique.

Advisory: There is audible background noise, sounds like a computer fan. Plus some traffic noise.
The first thing to try is moving closer to the microphone, but watch out for those "p" sounds!
The second thing to try is noise reduction using Audacity. 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.
Then perform noise cleaning as shown here:
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.

If you want to upload a new version and 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.

Then 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. I recommend starting with short works, such as poetry and dramatic readings.

Thank you 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 0: Introduction.
Part 1: Installing Audacity
Part 2: Setting the Volume
Part 3: The Checker Program
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin
Part 5: Performance and Volume
Part 6: Microphones looked at
Part 7: Microphones listened to
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity
Part 9: Avoiding Pops
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum
Part 14: Participating in Librivox
Part 15: Case Study (Poem)
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading)
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction.
Part 15: Case Study (Poem)
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading)

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