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megreads
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Post by megreads » August 12th, 2020, 11:24 am

Please share your feedback on my test: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_megreads.mp3

Thanks in advance :)
MegReads :D

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Post by Rapunzelina » August 12th, 2020, 12:50 pm

Welcome to Librivox, Meg!

Tech specs are fine!

Two small issues with the sound, there is some faint background noise, and the volume is somewhat soft. If you're using Audacity, here are my suggestions to address these issues. For the volume, use Effect -> Normalize. Check the first two options ("Remove DC offset", and "Normalize maximum amplitude to"), using the value "-4" dB for the second.
This will give your volume a little more fullness, which might bring up the background noise, so for that, you can use the Noise Reduction effect in Audacity. Here is a picture guide: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Noisecleaning_With_Pics#Clean_up_the_Noise:_Audacity_versions_from_2.1.0

Try these and post here your new file to see if it's indeed better :D

megreads
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Post by megreads » August 12th, 2020, 1:24 pm

Hi Rapunzelina,

Thanks for the feedback - I've given it a go, here's the new file: https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_megreads.mp3

Let me know if it's better?

Also, I used the name file name and realised it's the same link - apologies if I should have named it something different and I should have left the original in for comparison :?
MegReads :D

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Post by Rapunzelina » August 12th, 2020, 3:14 pm

The same filename is fine! The old one gets renamed automatically so there's no over-writing and can still be found in the server if needed.

It sounds good!

You'll probably need to use the Normalize effect for each file before you edit, to eliminate the dc offset for smoother editing. Then the Noise Reduction would be optional, the background noise can be more or less noticeable at different times, so you can trust your ears and act accordingly.

I hope you find projects that interest you to get involved. Have fun! :clap:

megreads
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Post by megreads » August 12th, 2020, 11:49 pm

Thank you for your help on this Rapunzelina - I'll use this test as a benchmark now when I QC recordings :D
MegReads :D

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