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Post by BensonBot » September 7th, 2020, 6:28 pm

Hiyo!

Here's a link to my one-minute test:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_bensonbot.mp3

I am on a Mac (although I may use a PC later, in which case I'll do another one-minute test); I'm using Audacity (most recent version); and my mic is a Yeti Nano (plugs in via USB).

Thank you!

- Eric

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Post by adrianstephens » September 8th, 2020, 11:52 pm

BensonBot wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Hiyo!

Here's a link to my one-minute test:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_bensonbot.mp3

I am on a Mac (although I may use a PC later, in which case I'll do another one-minute test); I'm using Audacity (most recent version); and my mic is a Yeti Nano (plugs in via USB).

Thank you!

- Eric
Hello Eric,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

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

Required: There is a lot of background noise. It sounds to me like
You can listen to the noise by taking a portion of silence and normalizing it (Effects/Normalize) to that you can hear it clearly. Think to yourself, what is the source of the noise?
There are three things you can try to reduce the background noise. You might need to do more than one of these.
1. Avoid the noise. Move to a quieter room. Turn off the clothes drier. Choose a quieter time of day to record. Set the laptop power settings to "passive cooling".
2. Move closer to the microphone, but watch out for those "p" sounds! You should be about 4 inches (10cm) from the microphone. You will need to position it to the side or use a pop filter.
3. Use 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.


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
Part 17: Editing using labels https://youtu.be/eM7wcwAL84w
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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