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RozeLynn
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Post by RozeLynn » October 14th, 2020, 9:44 pm

I tried the checker and it had me lower the volume so I used a filter. It says it passes now...I have a crappy pair of headphones, but to me it sounded tinny. Looking forward to feedback so I can get recording!


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

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Lynnette :rose:

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Post by adrianstephens » October 15th, 2020, 1:58 am

RozeLynn wrote:
October 14th, 2020, 9:44 pm
I tried the checker and it had me lower the volume so I used a filter. It says it passes now...I have a crappy pair of headphones, but to me it sounded tinny. Looking forward to feedback so I can get recording!


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

USB microphone
Windows 10
Audacity
Hello Lynnette,

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 fair amount of of background noise. It sounds to me like a fan.
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.

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 to 12 inches (10-30cm) from the microphone. You will need to position it to the side and/or use a pop filter.
3. Use noise reduction using Audacity as shown here: [https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning](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 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 ([https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_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](https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU)
Part 1: Installing Audacity [https://youtu.be/w\_QZ15c4\_10](https://youtu.be/w_QZ15c4_10)
Part 2: Setting the Volume [https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk](https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk)
Part 3: The Checker Program [https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c](https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c)
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin [https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM](https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM)
Part 5: Performance and Volume [https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I](https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I)
Part 6: Microphones looked at [https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs](https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs)
Part 7: Microphones listened to [https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU](https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU)
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity [https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0](https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0)
Part 9: Avoiding Pops [https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk](https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk)
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes [https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8](https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8)
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech [https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI](https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI)
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works [https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw](https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw)
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum [https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o](https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o)
Part 14: Participating in Librivox [https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E](https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E)
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) [https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo](https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo)
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) [https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM](https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM)
Part 17: Editing using labels [https://youtu.be/eM7wcwAL84w](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 RozeLynn » October 15th, 2020, 4:25 am

I think what you are hearing is the fan on my desktop....I didn't even think about that! I will rearrange a bit and get that posted tomorrow. Thank you for all of the useful information! I will definitely take a look.
Lynnette :rose:

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