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Shubham000
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Post by Shubham000 » October 15th, 2020, 9:31 am

hello everyone just uploaded my test recording please point out my mistakes or suggest the better settings or the microphone positioning
thank you.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_Shubham000.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » October 16th, 2020, 3:47 am

Shubham000 wrote:
October 15th, 2020, 9:31 am
hello everyone just uploaded my test recording please point out my mistakes or suggest the better settings or the microphone positioning
thank you.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_Shubham000.mp3
Hello Shubham000,

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.

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.

Advisory: I do have a comment on your reading style. You are putting breaks between words, where normally fluent English has no break. This slows up the reading and makes it harder to understand. Please practice putting in breaks only where they should be, i.e. at punctuation marks or where the meaning of the sentence requires them.

Advisory: 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.

Advisory: The volume is a little 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 85.6 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB. In Audacity, you can use Effects / Normalize or Effects / Amplify to change the volume post-recording.


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.

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, 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
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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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