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Post by ViolaSmilesCN » October 18th, 2020, 6:53 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Elsa_1_Min_Test_Oct_18_2020_-_2020-10-18,_9.44_AM_.mp3

GarageBand
Mac
Mic Type: The build in mic found on MacBook Air

Look forward to your assist and review (from ViolaSmiles Mom)

Kindly,
ViolaSmiles

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Post by philchenevert » October 18th, 2020, 7:40 am

ViolaSmilesCN wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 6:53 am
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Elsa_1_Min_Test_Oct_18_2020_-_2020-10-18,_9.44_AM_.mp3

GarageBand
Mac
Mic Type: The build in mic found on MacBook Air

Look forward to your assist and review (from ViolaSmiles Mom)

Kindly,
ViolaSmiles
Hi Viola. There are a few things you will need to correct by resetting your software:
1) We need files in mono (one track) format, yours is in stereo
2) We need the bitrate to be 128 kbps constant; yours is 192 kbps

Your voice is very nice and clear and your volume is fine by the way.
Unfortunately I cannot give you any advice on fixing those things since Garage Band is outside my experience and I've heard there is no way to export a file in mono using that software but i could be wrong. We recommend Audacity a free program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKVOY with this program it is easy to do this.

so, please make another test with those two things fixed, call it TEST 2, upload and put the link in this thread so I will see it quickly and get you recording!! Ask if anything at all is confusing.
video of our Zoom 10/18/2020 https://youtu.be/OtvgxviSrTw

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Post by ViolaSmilesCN » October 18th, 2020, 1:28 pm

philchenevert wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 7:40 am
ViolaSmilesCN wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 6:53 am
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Elsa_1_Min_Test_Oct_18_2020_-_2020-10-18,_9.44_AM_.mp3

GarageBand
Mac
Mic Type: The build in mic found on MacBook Air

Look forward to your assist and review (from ViolaSmiles Mom)

Kindly,
ViolaSmiles
Hi Viola. There are a few things you will need to correct by resetting your software:
1) We need files in mono (one track) format, yours is in stereo
2) We need the bitrate to be 128 kbps constant; yours is 192 kbps

Your voice is very nice and clear and your volume is fine by the way.
Unfortunately I cannot give you any advice on fixing those things since Garage Band is outside my experience and I've heard there is no way to export a file in mono using that software but i could be wrong. We recommend Audacity a free program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKVOY with this program it is easy to do this.

so, please make another test with those two things fixed, call it TEST 2, upload and put the link in this thread so I will see it quickly and get you recording!! Ask if anything at all is confusing.
Hello there, thanks for the review. We did try to download the audacty program however it says that the developer didn't have a version for our version of macbook air (10.15.7). Do you have any other recommendations?

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Post by ViolaSmilesCN » October 18th, 2020, 1:54 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Elsa_1_Min_Test_Oct_18_2020_(2)_-_2020-10-18,_4.47_PM_.mp3

changed to the correct kp of 128.
Tried to save in mono but I would need you to confirm that it is in fact mono
garageband still
macbook 10.15.7 version
built in mic

Let me know how it goes
Kindly,
ViolaSmiles Mom

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Post by philchenevert » October 18th, 2020, 2:26 pm

Oh dear. I am surprised because I know that Checker works with Apple as well as PC. Even Linux. But that is not critical at all. What you need to do is find a way to change those two things inside your software, Garage Band. I would recommend posting in our forum Need Help? and asking if anyone knows how to change bit rate and export as mono there. Someone will surely help you.

Another recommendation, and the one I should have made to start with, is to download and use Audacity, a free program that does all this easily and that most of us use here in LibriVox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Uz900RNos&feature=youtu.be.

Please try this. and let me know. If you do download it, here is a video on how to set u p your tech specs.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8JkCgKo3fU&t=72s It is easy peasy. :D Don't worry VIola, you will be reording in just a short time.
video of our Zoom 10/18/2020 https://youtu.be/OtvgxviSrTw

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Post by montrealist » October 18th, 2020, 7:24 pm

ViolaSmilesCN wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Hello there, thanks for the review. We did try to download the audacty program however it says that the developer didn't have a version for our version of macbook air (10.15.7). Do you have any other recommendations?
Hello,

I have MacOS 10.15.7 and I just downloaded Audacity. Starting from this page (the link where it says "Audacity 2.4.2.dmg file (includes user manual)"): https://www.audacityteam.org/download/mac/

It will take you to another site where you need to click on "Audacity macOS DMG" to download the actual installer. After installing it and moving the app into my Applications folder Audacity is working fine for me.

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Post by adrianstephens » Yesterday, 2:24 am

ViolaSmilesCN wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 1:54 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Elsa_1_Min_Test_Oct_18_2020_(2)_-_2020-10-18,_4.47_PM_.mp3

changed to the correct kp of 128.
Tried to save in mono but I would need you to confirm that it is in fact mono
garageband still
macbook 10.15.7 version
built in mic

Let me know how it goes
Kindly,
ViolaSmiles Mom
Hello ViolaSmile Mom,

Welcome to librivox. Thank you for participating here. It’s always great to meet new readers.
She has a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding her.


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 format is MP3 stereo at 128 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: There is a noticeable room echo. You can also reduce the relative room echo by speaking closer to the microphone. Or you can reduce this by recording in a room that has a lot of soft furnishings. I hung duvets on the walls and ceiling of my shed to create an acoustically dead space for 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 (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
...
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 ViolaSmilesCN » Yesterday, 5:46 am

adrianstephens wrote:
Yesterday, 2:24 am
ViolaSmilesCN wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 1:54 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/Elsa_1_Min_Test_Oct_18_2020_(2)_-_2020-10-18,_4.47_PM_.mp3

changed to the correct kp of 128.
Tried to save in mono but I would need you to confirm that it is in fact mono
garageband still
macbook 10.15.7 version
built in mic

Let me know how it goes
Kindly,
ViolaSmiles Mom
Hello ViolaSmile Mom,

Welcome to librivox. Thank you for participating here. It’s always great to meet new readers.
She has a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding her.


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 format is MP3 stereo at 128 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: There is a noticeable room echo. You can also reduce the relative room echo by speaking closer to the microphone. Or you can reduce this by recording in a room that has a lot of soft furnishings. I hung duvets on the walls and ceiling of my shed to create an acoustically dead space for 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 (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
Hello,

Thanks for the information. We have tried to download the audacity software, however it notes the developer doesn't have a version for our macbook (version 10.15.7). Do you know how to get a verison updated so we can get this software on our laptop?
Kindly,
Helen

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Post by adrianstephens » Yesterday, 6:00 am

ViolaSmilesCN wrote:
Yesterday, 5:46 am
Hello,

Thanks for the information. We have tried to download the audacity software, however it notes the developer doesn't have a version for our macbook (version 10.15.7). Do you know how to get a verison updated so we can get this software on our laptop?
Kindly,
Helen
Hello Helen,

I'm sorry, I'm not a MAC user. I am aware that some versions of the MAC operating system won't run Audacity.
I don't have any insight into when other versions of Audacity will be released.

Audacity is not needed to resolve your issues. You just need to find the right setting on Garage Band, or whatever you are using to record to save it as mono.

Best Regards,
Adrian
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 philchenevert » Yesterday, 7:58 am

montrealist wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 7:24 pm
ViolaSmilesCN wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Hello there, thanks for the review. We did try to download the audacty program however it says that the developer didn't have a version for our version of macbook air (10.15.7). Do you have any other recommendations?
Hello,

I have MacOS 10.15.7 and I just downloaded Audacity. Starting from this page (the link where it says "Audacity 2.4.2.dmg file (includes user manual)"): https://www.audacityteam.org/download/mac/

It will take you to another site where you need to click on "Audacity macOS DMG" to download the actual installer. After installing it and moving the app into my Applications folder Audacity is working fine for me.
I did not know it was more complex to install into MacOS. Is it true of all Mac platforms? I may need to mention this in my video.
video of our Zoom 10/18/2020 https://youtu.be/OtvgxviSrTw

My horses' name is Mayo. Sometimes Mayo neighs

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