1 Minute Test-Audio Arcana [OK]

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Post by AudioArcana » October 12th, 2020, 5:57 pm

Link to my 1 minute test (which is actually closer to 20 seconds. I used the "Peter Piper" test recommended on the wiki):

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

The DAW used was Reaper (as requested for the test, I used only JS: Volume Adjustment plug-in), and the OS is Windows 10 Home 64 bit. The audio chain used was a Shure SM58 mic into a FocusRite Scarlett Solo USB interface into my laptop.

I did use Checker (and my hat off to the creator of this program, great, great, great work!), and the test file did pass the technical aspects.

Thank you in advance for any and all feedback concerning volume, tone, 'plosives, etc.!
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Post by adrianstephens » October 13th, 2020, 6:57 am

AudioArcana wrote:
October 12th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Link to my 1 minute test (which is actually closer to 20 seconds. I used the "Peter Piper" test recommended on the wiki):

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

The DAW used was Reaper (as requested for the test, I used only JS: Volume Adjustment plug-in), and the OS is Windows 10 Home 64 bit. The audio chain used was a Shure SM58 mic into a FocusRite Scarlett Solo USB interface into my laptop.

I did use Checker (and my hat off to the creator of this program, great, great, great work!), and the test file did pass the technical aspects.

Thank you in advance for any and all feedback concerning volume, tone, 'plosives, etc.!
Review Comments

Hello AudioArcana,

Welcome to librivox. Thank you for participating here. It's always great to meet new readers.
You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
Your voice is full of character.

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: You are on the edge of making “pops” in the “P” sounds or breathing into the microphone throughout the reading.
Based on the sound (and confirmed with analyse/plot spectrum) you are speaking well within the proximity zone of the mic. As you move back from the current position (6 inches?) to about 18 inches, you'll see the relative shape of the spectrum change to reduce the bass.
There are all kinds of trade-offs here. As you move back you avoid pops, but increase background noise. You've got a headroom of about 6dB in the background noise before you need to apply noise reduction, so I would take this headroom and move back. I'm speculating, but I think that because the intelligence in speech is between 300Hz and 3KHz (or else telephones wouldn't work), you don't need a driving bass for audio books.


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.

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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Post by AudioArcana » October 13th, 2020, 8:23 am

adrianstephens wrote:
October 13th, 2020, 6:57 am

Advisory: You are on the edge of making “pops” in the “P” sounds or breathing into the microphone throughout the reading.
Based on the sound (and confirmed with analyse/plot spectrum) you are speaking well within the proximity zone of the mic. As you move back from the current position (6 inches?) to about 18 inches, you'll see the relative shape of the spectrum change to reduce the bass.
There are all kinds of trade-offs here. As you move back you avoid pops, but increase background noise. You've got a headroom of about 6dB in the background noise before you need to apply noise reduction, so I would take this headroom and move back. I'm speculating, but I think that because the intelligence in speech is between 300Hz and 3KHz (or else telephones wouldn't work), you don't need a driving bass for audio books.
Great advice, and thank you! I'll work on moving back from the mic as I talk, and I'll take a look at the videos. Thanks again!
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Post by adrianstephens » October 13th, 2020, 8:26 am

AudioArcana wrote:
October 13th, 2020, 8:23 am

Great advice, and thank you! I'll work on moving back from the mic as I talk, and I'll take a look at the videos. Thanks again!
Hello again,

Most people have the opposite problem, and you'll see the advice in Mic Positioning is generally to move towards the mic.
You can ignore that :0).

Best Regards,
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 AudioArcana » October 13th, 2020, 10:18 am

adrianstephens wrote:
October 13th, 2020, 8:26 am

Hello again,

Most people have the opposite problem, and you'll see the advice in Mic Positioning is generally to move towards the mic.
You can ignore that :0).

Best Regards,
Adrian
Ha! I have re-recorded the "Peter Piper" test and uploaded it.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_2_audioarcana.mp3

I moved the mic away 4" or so, and I used a "Demudder" and EQ plug-ins to lower the low end of my voice. Hopefully, this improves the recording quality, and I look forward to hearing your critique. Thank you!

-Christopher
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Post by adrianstephens » October 13th, 2020, 10:55 am

AudioArcana wrote:
October 13th, 2020, 10:18 am

Ha! I have re-recorded the "Peter Piper" test and uploaded it.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_2_audioarcana.mp3

I moved the mic away 4" or so, and I used a "Demudder" and EQ plug-ins to lower the low end of my voice. Hopefully, this improves the recording quality, and I look forward to hearing your critique. Thank you!

-Christopher
Hello Christopher,

This is good. You've perhaps slightly overdone the bass reduction - but it's very much a matter of taste.

Keep up the good work, and start recording!

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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