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Post by shugbbw » October 13th, 2020, 7:53 am

used Audacity
analog headset , astro a10 model
windows 10

look forward to getting out there!

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Post by adrianstephens » October 13th, 2020, 8:35 am

shugbbw wrote:
October 13th, 2020, 7:53 am

used Audacity
analog headset , astro a10 model
windows 10

look forward to getting out there!
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Hello Anna,

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.

I’m sorry, but 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 a computer fan and traffic.
You can listen to the noise by taking a portion of silence and normalizing it (Audacity Effects/Normalize) to that you can hear it clearly. Think to yourself, what is the source of the noise?
There are three things you might try to reduce the background noise. You might need to do more than one of these.

To make the noise visible in Audacity you need to switch the track’s display mode to “Waveform (db)” using the little pulldown arrow just to the right of the track name (prior to Audacity 2.4) or in Edit/Preferences/Tracks/Default Waveform scale: Logarithmic (dB) (Audacity 2.4 onwards). I recommend leaving it there, as I do all my editing in this mode.

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”.
Move closer to the microphone, but watch out for those “p” sounds! You should be about 4 to 12 inches (10-30cm) from the microphone. You will need to position it to the side and/or use a pop filter.
Use noise reduction using Audacity as shown here: 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 record and upload a new version that addresses at least the required technical issue(s). If you quote this message in your reply (hit the big quote button to the right of the post title), 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, 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 (

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.
Part 1: Installing Audacity
Part 2: Setting the Volume
Part 3: The Checker Program
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin
Part 5: Performance and Volume
Part 6: Microphones looked at
Part 7: Microphones listened to
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity
Part 9: Avoiding Pops
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum
Part 14: Participating in Librivox
Part 15: Case Study (Poem)
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading)
Part 17: Editing using labels
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction.
Part 15: Case Study (Poem)
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading)

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