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GuyWithPuns
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Post by GuyWithPuns » October 15th, 2020, 10:11 am

Hello This is my 1 minute test and I would greatly appreciate any feedback on how to improve my recording. This file is raw and unprocessed recorded on a shure sm58 dynamic microphone through a Focusrite Scarlett Solo audio interface. I recorded using Avid's Protools First. My operating system is windows 10 64X
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_guywithpuns_1.mp3

Thank you very much for your time and help.

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » October 16th, 2020, 3:43 am

GuyWithPuns wrote:
October 15th, 2020, 10:11 am
Hello This is my 1 minute test and I would greatly appreciate any feedback on how to improve my recording. This file is raw and unprocessed recorded on a shure sm58 dynamic microphone through a Focusrite Scarlett Solo audio interface. I recorded using Avid's Protools First. My operating system is windows 10 64X
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_guywithpuns_1.mp3

Thank you very much for your time and help.
Hello,

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 found the reading a little bit "unimpassioned". I know it's hard to get worked up over peter piper et al, but you should expect as you do more of this to become relaxed and allow some more variation into your intonation.

You have a good set-up. Echo is good.

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 baseline background noise (at about -60dB) is inaudible. However, at 15s, you have traffic going by. In a recording proper, you would stop, make an editing mark and repeat the interrupted section.


Advisory: You are on the edge of making “pops” in the “P” sounds or breathing into the microphone from 2.5-4s.

There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away from the microphone or position in the microphone to the side of your face; or 2) get a “pop” filter in front of your microphone. At its worst, a “pop” maxes out the recording, and you can do nothing after the recording to fix it. If you have a “gentle pop” that is just a minor irritant, often you can apply a high pass filter (from the Effects menu) at about 75Hz, and this will make it far less noticeable.

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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