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SopB
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Post by SopB » May 25th, 2020, 5:20 pm

Here is the link to the 1 minute test for my new operating and recording systems:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_Minute_Test.mp3
I hope it will be okay. I am using a new computer, and the microphone that is built in to it.

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Post by adrianstephens » May 25th, 2020, 10:32 pm

SopB wrote:
May 25th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Here is the link to the 1 minute test for my new operating and recording systems:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_Minute_Test.mp3
I hope it will be okay. I am using a new computer, and the microphone that is built in to it.
Hello Sophia,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

You need to make a couple of changes in order to meet Librivox's technical standards.

FYI, the file name should be all lower-case. This doesn't matter for this test recording, but is a uniform standard for actual recordings.

Required: The file's format is MP3 stereo at 128 kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the "save as MP3" dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.

The file does not end with quiet period of 3-5 seconds. There are technical reasons why this needs to be there.

Required: There is some noticeable background noise, which can distract from the reading.
The noise sounds like a computer fan to me.
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: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning.
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. I tried using 12dB of noise reduction on your file, and I think that will work for you.


Please address at least the required technical issues and upload a new version. If you 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.


Thank you for participating in Librivox,
Adrian Stephens

PS - If you're interested in developing your technique, and have the time to spare there's a whole bunch of informative YouTube videos.
Our excellent admin Phil has recorded a lot of highly accessible videos (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos).

I have also recorded a number of YouTube videos on this subject, longer (and thereby going into more detail) than Phil's.

Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
Part 1: Installing Audacity https://youtu.be/w_QZ15c4_10
Part 2: Setting the Volume https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk
Part 3: The Checker Program https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM
Part 5: Performance and Volume https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I
Part 6: Microphones looked at https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs
Part 7: Microphones listened to https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0
Part 9: Avoiding Pops https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o
Part 14: Participating in Librivox https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by SopB » May 26th, 2020, 9:45 am

Okay. I think I'll probably just do what I was doing before, because it's a while lot easier, actually, and the new computer doesn't work with Audacity, instead I have to do it in VoiceMemos, and then put it in another app, and then put in Audacity, and export it there and all that.
Sorry I forgot about the whole naming thing - I was just naming it that until I exported it (or at least, that was the plan) and then I totally forgot to change the name. And I did't tell you what my new operating and recording systems were. :oops: Sorry about all that!

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Post by adrianstephens » May 26th, 2020, 9:42 pm

SopB wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 9:45 am
Okay. I think I'll probably just do what I was doing before, because it's a while lot easier, actually, and the new computer doesn't work with Audacity, instead I have to do it in VoiceMemos, and then put it in another app, and then put in Audacity, and export it there and all that.
Sorry I forgot about the whole naming thing - I was just naming it that until I exported it (or at least, that was the plan) and then I totally forgot to change the name. And I did't tell you what my new operating and recording systems were. :oops: Sorry about all that!
Hello Sophia,

Don't be sorry about anything! We're all volunteers, and keen to do lots of fun recording.
So let's get the technicals out of way so that you can focus on the more important stuff.

A few dollars spent on a microphone can make all the difference. Most of us use Audacity,
as it supports things we need to do like noise reduction and setting the volume accurately.

Best Regards,
Adrian
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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