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Post by Tarablanc » October 15th, 2020, 5:43 pm

Incredibly new to voice acting any help, criticism , critique welcome! :D :D :D :D

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Post by adrianstephens » October 16th, 2020, 3:34 am

Tarablanc wrote:
October 15th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Incredibly new to voice acting any help, criticism , critique welcome! :D :D :D :D
Hello Cristin/Krystyn,

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. There is a lot of "creak" in your voice which gives it character.
I like the expression you put into the test piece. I think you might have a future in the dramatic works.

I’m sorry, but you need to make change(s) in order to meet Librivox’s technical standards. I’ll tell you what these are and how to address them. You can then upload a new file and I’ll take a look at it. Don’t worry if this takes more than one go to get it right - I didn't get it right on my first recording either.

Required: The file’s sample rate is 48,000 Hz, it should be 44,100 Hz. You can set this in Audacity at the bottom left of the window.

Required: The file’s format is MP3 mono at 256 kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the “save as MP3” dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.

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.

Required: The volume is too low.
You can download the checker program ( which you can use to check the volume against the expected range. This recording was 69 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.

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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