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Falcon
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Post by Falcon » June 25th, 2020, 12:30 pm

Hello, knotyouraveragejo, and Librivox community,

Could you kindly listed to my test?

Many thanks!

Falcon

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/test_falcon.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » June 25th, 2020, 11:37 pm

Falcon wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Hello, knotyouraveragejo, and Librivox community,

Could you kindly listed to my test?

Many thanks!

Falcon

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/test_falcon.mp3
Hello Falcon,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, full of bass character, I had no trouble understanding you.

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, which is just about audible. This noise has a main peak at 50 Hz, so it's probably pickiing
up a computer fan or motor.

The first thing to try is moving closer to the microphone, but watch out for those "p" sounds! This reduces the relative level of noise.

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 your sample with 12dB, and it did a good job of reducing it to a level that
nobody is going to notice.


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

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Post by Falcon » June 26th, 2020, 9:24 pm

Adrian, thank you so much for your help in this. I have cleaned up and uploaded the 1 minute test as instructed, and I look forward to your feedback.

Warm regards,

Falcon

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Post by Falcon » June 26th, 2020, 9:26 pm


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Post by adrianstephens » June 26th, 2020, 10:47 pm

Hello Falcon,

The background noise is now inaudible. You've done all you need to with the post processing.

A couple of other comments on this recording.
You would not want to read 4000 words on the victorian understanding of the chemistry of cheese (one of the projects I did recently) at the same
rate you read this test piece. There's a balance to be found between keeping your listener engaged and speaking clearly. For prose, you'd want to
speak more quickly. For poetry, there is a place for more deliberate speech.

Your acoustic environment is quite hard, resulting in a noticable room echo. You can reduce this by speaking closer to the mic, and by changing your environment with soft furnishings. You might have heard of a "pillow fort" used by locked-in radio presenters. I use duvets and blankets hung from the ceiling of my recording shed.

I'm happy to listen to any tests you do. But I'd encourage you to start recording and work on technique in parallel.

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

Falcon
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Post by Falcon » June 27th, 2020, 7:38 am

Thank you, Adrian.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/i_am.mp3

Care to give me some feedback?

Warm regards,

Falcon

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Post by adrianstephens » June 28th, 2020, 6:50 am

Falcon wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 7:38 am
Thank you, Adrian.

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/i_am.mp3

Care to give me some feedback?

Warm regards,

Falcon
Very nice, Falcon. You have an exquisite voice and you read with great control.
Noise is under control. I can still hear some room echo, but it's not objectionable.


Please go and do some recording now!

Best Regards,
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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