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DomFord
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Post by DomFord » June 25th, 2020, 8:01 am

Hello everybody! I've uploaded my one-minute test: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_domford.mp3.

I recorded it using a Røde NT-USB mic via Audacity on a Windows 10 PC. I didn't apply any effects or processing.

Thanks for taking the time to give me feedback!

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » June 25th, 2020, 8:38 am

DomFord wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 8:01 am
Hello everybody! I've uploaded my one-minute test: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_domford.mp3.

I recorded it using a Røde NT-USB mic via Audacity on a Windows 10 PC. I didn't apply any effects or processing.

Thanks for taking the time to give me feedback!
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
Qudos to you for typing "Røde" (I cut and paste) - I would have no idea where to find that letter!

Congratulations - you meet librivox's technical standards. Proof Listen OK!
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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.

There is some noticeable background noise. It's at a level that will not distract, but is audible in a quiet
room. If you normalize the last quiet period and listen to it you will hear traffic noises. If you plot the spectrum,
you'll also see a peak at 50Hz (which I did before listening and told me where you probably came from :0). So there's probably a fan or motor near by.

The most effective remedy is moving closer to the microphone, but watch out for those "p" sounds!
See my video on mic positioning (link below). You really need to be on top of the mic - i.e. only a few inches away.

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.
Noise cleaning doesn't work particularly well with traffic sounds as the characteristic frequencies are not constant.

If you want to upload a new version and 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.

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 (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

DomFord
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Post by DomFord » June 28th, 2020, 3:25 am

adrianstephens wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 8:38 am
DomFord wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 8:01 am
Hello everybody! I've uploaded my one-minute test: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_domford.mp3.

I recorded it using a Røde NT-USB mic via Audacity on a Windows 10 PC. I didn't apply any effects or processing.

Thanks for taking the time to give me feedback!
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
Qudos to you for typing "Røde" (I cut and paste) - I would have no idea where to find that letter!

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.

There is some noticeable background noise. It's at a level that will not distract, but is audible in a quiet
room. If you normalize the last quiet period and listen to it you will hear traffic noises. If you plot the spectrum,
you'll also see a peak at 50Hz (which I did before listening and told me where you probably came from :0). So there's probably a fan or motor near by.

The most effective remedy is moving closer to the microphone, but watch out for those "p" sounds!
See my video on mic positioning (link below). You really need to be on top of the mic - i.e. only a few inches away.

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.
Noise cleaning doesn't work particularly well with traffic sounds as the characteristic frequencies are not constant.

If you want to upload a new version and 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.

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 (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
Thanks for the response, Adrian!

I won't upload a new test if that's okay - I think I've got a decent handle on the noise cleaning stuff, I just wanted to show an unprocessed file for this test - so I won't take more of your time. Plus it's incredibly hot at the moment, so turning off my fan and closing my windows isn't super appealing right now!

And thanks so much for the extra resources, I'll take a look.

(Oh, and for Røde, I live in Denmark so my keyboard has Ø on it, no wizardry needed!)

Thanks, I'll take a look at projects to get stuck in!

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