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fankan22
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Post by fankan22 » September 14th, 2020, 3:05 pm

Hi I am so new to this and would like some feedback on this one minute test! Thanks!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1minute_test.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » September 14th, 2020, 10:52 pm

fankan22 wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Hi I am so new to this and would like some feedback on this one minute test! Thanks!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1minute_test.mp3
Hello fankan22,
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: The file's format is MP3 stereo at variable kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the "save as MP3" dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.


The file does not end with quiet period of 3-5 seconds. There are technical reasons why this needs to be there.

Required: There is a lot of background noise. It sounds to me like a TV on in the background.
There is no magic way that audacity can remove this kind of background noise. You need to switch that TV off, or find a room where you can't hear it to record.
Please address at least the required technical issue(s) 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
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

fankan22
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Post by fankan22 » November 11th, 2020, 1:23 pm

Hi this is my new one minute test. Thanks! https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_fankan22.mp3

Faith

adrianstephens wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 10:52 pm
fankan22 wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Hi I am so new to this and would like some feedback on this one minute test! Thanks!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1minute_test.mp3
Hello fankan22,
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: The file's format is MP3 stereo at variable kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the "save as MP3" dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.


The file does not end with quiet period of 3-5 seconds. There are technical reasons why this needs to be there.

Required: There is a lot of background noise. It sounds to me like a TV on in the background.
There is no magic way that audacity can remove this kind of background noise. You need to switch that TV off, or find a room where you can't hear it to record.
Please address at least the required technical issue(s) 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

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 18th, 2020, 6:58 pm

Fankan,

Welcome to Librivox.

I've listened to your test. There are still a couple of issues to address ... well, I say still because I tried to listen to your first test (the one Adrian commented on) and I'm not sure if the link goes to your file or not. We have so many people uploading tests, that it's best to put your name in the filename, as you did with the second file.

Anyway, your bitrate is 49 kpbs variable, Librivox requires 128 kbps constant. If you are using Audacity to record, the instructions for changing this are at #5 here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Audacity_1-2-3

Also, your volume is very low. Librivox targets 89 dB, with 87-91 being acceptable. Your volume was 70.4. The first thing I would try is to increase the input volume on your microphone. In audacity, you can do that with a slider bar next to the microphone (it's labeled "recording volume" if you hover over it). You can also amplify your recording, but given how soft it's coming in, I think we should try to increase the input volume before amplifying.

Please make another test and upload it again. Post a link here. It helps if you change the file name to "test2", but be sure to include your forum name in the file name so we can match the file to you!

MaryAnn

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