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Rishabh
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Post by Rishabh » June 24th, 2020, 10:35 pm

Hello Everyone!

I hope this finds you all well !

I am new to the Librivox platform, and this is my test file, looking forward to your feedback, and thanks in advance. I used Audacity on the Mac operating system and a simple analog mic, linked below is the test file - which is a one minute reading from God and Man at Yale written by William F Buckley jr. in 1951.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_Rishabh.mp3
Would also love information as to how and where I can upload the audio recordings, once I finish recording the first chapter.

Thanks once again :D
- Rishabh

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Post by adrianstephens » June 25th, 2020, 8:14 am

Rishabh wrote:
June 24th, 2020, 10:35 pm
Hello Everyone!

I hope this finds you all well !

I am new to the Librivox platform, and this is my test file, looking forward to your feedback, and thanks in advance. I used Audacity on the Mac operating system and a simple analog mic, linked below is the test file - which is a one minute reading from God and Man at Yale written by William F Buckley jr. in 1951.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Test_Rishabh.mp3
Would also love information as to how and where I can upload the audio recordings, once I finish recording the first chapter.

Thanks once again :D
- Rishabh
Hello Rishabh,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
Regarding performance, this is generally good, but you do need to pace yourself a bit. At 35s, you are
tripping over the words a bit.

My case study videos (see end of post) should help you understand how to upload audio recordings, in fact the whole process, of which uploading is a trivial part.

You need to make a change 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 project sample rate is 48,000, it should be 44,100 (set at bottom left of Audacity window).
Required: The file's format is MP3 mono at 320 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.

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


Please address 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

Rishabh
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Post by Rishabh » June 28th, 2020, 2:20 am

Hello Rishabh,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
Regarding performance, this is generally good, but you do need to pace yourself a bit. At 35s, you are
tripping over the words a bit.

My case study videos (see end of post) should help you understand how to upload audio recordings, in fact the whole process, of which uploading is a trivial part.

You need to make a change 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 project sample rate is 48,000, it should be 44,100 (set at bottom left of Audacity window).
Required: The file's format is MP3 mono at 320 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.

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


Please address 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
I have made the required technical changes, please advise accordingly.

I. Bit Rate changed to a constant 128 kb/s
II. The project sample rate is changed from a 48,000 to the required standard of 44,100
III. the technical requirement of a 3-5 second silence is added to the end of the clip.
IV. In addition, I have also changed the filename to a all lowercase one, for both aesthetics and the technical requirements.


Link to updated test: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_rishabh_updated.mp3.

Thanks for the comprehensive feedback Stephens!

Kind Regards,
Rishabh Dagar

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » June 28th, 2020, 6:46 am

Rishabh wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 2:20 am


I have made the required technical changes, please advise accordingly.

I. Bit Rate changed to a constant 128 kb/s
II. The project sample rate is changed from a 48,000 to the required standard of 44,100
III. the technical requirement of a 3-5 second silence is added to the end of the clip.
IV. In addition, I have also changed the filename to a all lowercase one, for both aesthetics and the technical requirements.


Link to updated test: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_rishabh_updated.mp3.

Thanks for the comprehensive feedback Stephens!

Kind Regards,
Rishabh Dagar
Hello Rishabh,

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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