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HansenJoel
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Post by HansenJoel » June 17th, 2020, 12:44 am

G'day,

This is my 1 minute test.
I've had some trouble reaching the db limit, so I needed to use the amplify effect.
I'm using Audacity on a WIN10 OS.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_hansenjoel.mp3

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve.
This is my first recording on a real mic, so I expect I'll make lots of beginner mistakes. :)
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Post by adrianstephens » June 18th, 2020, 6:43 am

HansenJoel wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 12:44 am
G'day,

This is my 1 minute test.
I've had some trouble reaching the db limit, so I needed to use the amplify effect.
I'm using Audacity on a WIN10 OS.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_hansenjoel.mp3

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve.
This is my first recording on a real mic, so I expect I'll make lots of beginner mistakes. :)
G'day Joel,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

You did manage to get the volume into the "allowed" range. It's perfectly acceptable to use Audacity for this purpose (I do it all the time).

You need to make a change in order to meet Librivox's technical standards.

I'll take your request for feedback to provide additional information to provide constructive criticsm.

Required: There is some noticeable background noise. It sounds like electrical "hiss". It's at a level where it just starts to be noticed.
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 this on your sample. 12dB of reduction produced something I would approve.

Advisory: There is a slight room echo. You can reduce this by recording in a room that has a lot of soft furnishings. I hung cheap removal blankets on the walls and ceiling of my shed to create an acoustically dead space for recording. You can also reduce it by speaking closer to the microphone.

Please address at least the required technical issue 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
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Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

HansenJoel
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Post by HansenJoel » June 26th, 2020, 6:33 am

adrianstephens wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 6:43 am


Please address at least the required technical issue 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.


Thank you for participating in Librivox,
Adrian Stephens
Thanks for the feedback Adrian.
That is heaps of information, and I don't know where to start on it.

I've uploaded another attempt after making several changes.
The static hiss was still present even when I removed the mic, which makes me think it was in the computer or the usb converter. I'm now recording directly into a zoom which should have avoided that.

To counter the echo I tried moving to a different room and putting a blanket behind me. I think that has nullified it.



The latest test is at:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_hansenjoel_2.mp3

Thanks for your help.
I think this one is better, but please let me know if you notice anything.
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Post by adrianstephens » June 26th, 2020, 7:22 am

HansenJoel wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 6:33 am


Thanks for the feedback Adrian.
That is heaps of information, and I don't know where to start on it.

I've uploaded another attempt after making several changes.
The static hiss was still present even when I removed the mic, which makes me think it was in the computer or the usb converter. I'm now recording directly into a zoom which should have avoided that.

To counter the echo I tried moving to a different room and putting a blanket behind me. I think that has nullified it.



The latest test is at:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_hansenjoel_2.mp3

Thanks for your help.
I think this one is better, but please let me know if you notice anything.
Hello Joel,
This is much better. Echo and noise now very good.
Congratulations - you meet librivox's technical standards. Proof Listen OK!
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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
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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