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Post by anasmed » June 5th, 2020, 5:48 pm

here is my one-minute test:

Software: Audacity
System: Windows
mic: USB

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Post by adrianstephens » June 5th, 2020, 11:16 pm

anasmed wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 5:48 pm
here is my one-minute test:

Software: Audacity
System: Windows
mic: USB
Hello Anasmed,
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: The volume is a little too high. You can download the checker program ( which you can use to check the volume against the expected range. This recording was xx dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Your background noise level is good. I don't know if you are doing noise reduction already in Audacity. If you are, you can reduce the amount a little, because something is processing the speech and losing the low frequencies. Or it might be your mic that is doing it all by itself. I'm being ultra picky here because what you already have is plenty good enough.

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.

I suggest you 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 there's a whole bunch of informative YouTube videos.
Our excellent admin Phil has recorded a lot of highly accessible 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.
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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