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Post by JustinVeras29 » June 25th, 2020, 8:08 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_justinveras29.mp3

Recording software: Audacity
OS: Windows 10
Mic: USB Razer Siren X

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Post by adrianstephens » June 25th, 2020, 11:41 pm

JustinVeras29 wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 8:08 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_justinveras29.mp3

Recording software: Audacity
OS: Windows 10
Mic: USB Razer Siren X
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
Echo and noise are well under control.

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

Required: The volume is a little too low. You can download the checker program (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker) which you can use to check the volume against the expected range. This recording was 80 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.


There are some noticeable plosives in the "P" sounds (e.g. at 10.1s). There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away from the microphone or position in the microphone to the side of your face; 2) get a "pop" filter in front of your microphone; or 3) repair the plosives as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inbSdGb26XQ. Prevention is much easier than cure.

Please address at least 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

JustinVeras29
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Post by JustinVeras29 » June 26th, 2020, 12:08 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 11:41 pm
JustinVeras29 wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 8:08 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_justinveras29.mp3

Recording software: Audacity
OS: Windows 10
Mic: USB Razer Siren X
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
Echo and noise are well under control.

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

Required: The volume is a little too low. You can download the checker program (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker) which you can use to check the volume against the expected range. This recording was 80 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.


There are some noticeable plosives in the "P" sounds (e.g. at 10.1s). There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away from the microphone or position in the microphone to the side of your face; 2) get a "pop" filter in front of your microphone; or 3) repair the plosives as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inbSdGb26XQ. Prevention is much easier than cure.

Please address at least 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

Hello, I hope I did this right. Anyway I redid the test and overwrote my previous file so its name will be the same.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_justinveras29.mp3

I haven't changed any software or hardware. Thanks for your help.

adrianstephens
Posts: 968
Joined: August 27th, 2019, 5:06 am
Location: Cambridge UK
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Post by adrianstephens » June 26th, 2020, 11:00 pm

JustinVeras29 wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 12:08 pm

Hello, I hope I did this right. Anyway I redid the test and overwrote my previous file so its name will be the same.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_justinveras29.mp3

I haven't changed any software or hardware. Thanks for your help.
Hello Justin,
This now passes on volume.
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.

The P sounds are still a bit popping. You can back off the mic a bit.

The background noise is audible, but not obtrusive.
You might try 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 applied 12dB to your recording, and it improved it.

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

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