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Brandyjay1128
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Post by Brandyjay1128 » September 20th, 2020, 1:33 pm


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Post by adrianstephens » September 23rd, 2020, 3:31 am

Brandyjay1128 wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Audacity, Mac, USB Mic


https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_brandyjay1128.mp3
Hello Brandy,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.



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 79 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Required: There is a lot of background noise. It sounds to me like a fan or motor.
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.


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

Brandyjay1128
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Post by Brandyjay1128 » October 26th, 2020, 6:49 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 3:31 am
Brandyjay1128 wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Audacity, Mac, USB Mic


Hello Adrian,

Thanks for this feedback! Here is my new recording:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_brandyjay1128.mp3

Let me know what you think!

Thanks,



https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_brandyjay1128.mp3
Hello Brandy,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.



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 79 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Required: There is a lot of background noise. It sounds to me like a fan or motor.
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.


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 adrianstephens » October 26th, 2020, 11:37 pm

Brandyjay1128 wrote:
October 26th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Hello Brandyjay,

I got an empty message from you. Did you mean to post an update?

Thanks
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

Brandyjay1128
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Post by Brandyjay1128 » October 27th, 2020, 9:58 am

Hello Adrian,

Yes I did mean to post an update. Apologies, I'm still learning to navigate everything. Below is the link to my updated recording:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_brandyjay1128.mp3


Let me know if this is received, and any thoughts/notes!

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » October 27th, 2020, 11:15 am

Brandyjay1128 wrote:
October 27th, 2020, 9:58 am
Hello Adrian,

Yes I did mean to post an update. Apologies, I'm still learning to navigate everything. Below is the link to my updated recording:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_brandyjay1128.mp3


Let me know if this is received, and any thoughts/notes!
Hello Brandy,

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.

Your spoken volume varies significantly between the loud and soft parts. This degree of variability can create problems: 1) in editing dramatic readings, getting the various parts to a consistent level; 2) if a listener is listening in a noisy environment (e.g., a car), they might not be able to hear the quiet parts.

There are two things you can do to address this: 1) practice speaking at a more constant level. You can put expression into the voice (quality, timbre, pitch) without needing excessive volume. 2) use Audacity Effects / Compression. I typically use a compression factor of 2 on my readings when they need it.

I think you successfully applied noise reduction, but I'm not 100% sure. Anyhow, it now sounds OK, so you don't need to do anything.
The reason for my lack of sureness is that the ending 6 seconds show a burst of noise at about -50dB (21 to 22s), a period of silence, then a burst of noise
at 23-27s at about -65db. It's what I would expect to see if I'd incorrectly applied noise reduction of about 15dB to only the last few seconds.


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, again, 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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