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Jagoda
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Post by Jagoda » September 15th, 2020, 10:46 am

i hope that's the spot. I was using Audacity on Windows, analog.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_Jagoda.mp3

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Post by Jagoda » September 15th, 2020, 11:27 am


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Post by adrianstephens » September 16th, 2020, 3:31 am

Jagoda wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 11:27 am
Audacity, Windows, Analog
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test3_Jagoda.mp3
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice. I don't speak russian :0(.


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

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono 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.

Required: The volume is 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 66 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

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 electrical hiss.
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.

The quality of the mic you are using is poor. It sounds like it is doing some processing of the sound itself. The section of the speach at 1s sound like you're talking underwater. Can you try an alternative mic?


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 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.


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

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Post by adrianstephens » September 16th, 2020, 3:35 am

Jagoda wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 10:46 am
i hope that's the spot. I was using Audacity on Windows, analog.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_Jagoda.mp3
Yes, it is. I've replied to your other thread.
Best,
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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Post by Jagoda » September 20th, 2020, 4:51 am

adrianstephens wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 3:31 am
Jagoda wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 11:27 am
Audacity, Windows, Analog
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test3_Jagoda.mp3
Hello,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice. I don't speak russian :0(.


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

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono 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.

Required: The volume is 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 66 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

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 electrical hiss.
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.

The quality of the mic you are using is poor. It sounds like it is doing some processing of the sound itself. The section of the speach at 1s sound like you're talking underwater. Can you try an alternative mic?


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 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.


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
Hello! I also don't speak Russian, it's more like polish :), but it sounds quite similar. I've change few things, i guess it's better now.
Best regards
Jagoda
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test6_Jagoda.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » September 20th, 2020, 6:48 am

Jagoda wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 4:51 am


Hello! I also don't speak Russian, it's more like polish :), but it sounds quite similar. I've change few things, i guess it's better now.
Best regards
Jagoda
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test6_Jagoda.mp3
Hello Jagoda,
It's still greek to me :0).
Congratulations - you meet librivox's technical standards. Proof Listen OK!
-----------------------
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: There is some background noise at -50dB. This is a borderline pass. Please try noise reduction when
you have time.
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 (prior to 2.4) or in Edit/Preferences/Tracks/Default Waveform scale: Logarithmic (dB) (2.4 on). 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.

There are some near "pops" in the "P" sounds. Please experiment placing the microphone off-axis.


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.



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
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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