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Post by kellypark2023 » June 26th, 2020, 2:30 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_kellypark2023.mp3

I recorded using Audacity through my Mac with a FiFine USB mic. This is my first time using Audacity so please feel free to leave any tips that might help my recording.

Thanks a lot!

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Post by adrianstephens » June 26th, 2020, 7:28 am

kellypark2023 wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 2:30 am
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_kellypark2023.mp3

I recorded using Audacity through my Mac with a FiFine USB mic. This is my first time using Audacity so please feel free to leave any tips that might help my recording.

Thanks a lot!
Hello Kelly,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, 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.

Advisory: The volume is a little too high. 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 92.7 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Advisory: There is some background noise. It's marginally acceptable. The spectrum is all low frequencies, so I think it is traffic noise.
Please 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 applied 12dB to your sample and it reduced the noise to a level where nobody is likely to notice.

You are almost "popping" your P sounds. There are two different ways to avoid 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.

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
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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

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