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TheMindfulGeek
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Post by TheMindfulGeek » May 18th, 2020, 12:02 pm

Here's my one-minute test. It was made with Audacity on a mac and a cheap condenser mic. I'm brand new to voice acting and recording, so any criticism or advice is more than welcome!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Librivox_One-Minute_Text_-_Ethan_Hoover.mp3

Thanks!

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Post by linny » May 18th, 2020, 12:31 pm

Welcome to LV!

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 75.2dB. We aim for 89dB with an allowance of 86-92dB. Highlight your audio. Go to Effect>Amplify>15 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 0:00-0:02.
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 20, 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.

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Post by TheMindfulGeek » May 18th, 2020, 2:03 pm


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Post by TriciaG » May 20th, 2020, 3:09 pm

All is good now! 8-)

You're all set. Have fun recording!
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Post by TheMindfulGeek » May 20th, 2020, 4:44 pm

Great, thank you so much!

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