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JamesJenkins
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Post by JamesJenkins » November 5th, 2020, 2:47 pm

Here is my one minute test. Audacity on Windows, USB mike Tonor TC-777

I checked it with checker and it passed, I did not apply any noise reduction. Only editing is to remove a couple of breath intakes.

I plan to try and record a short work for Short Science Fiction Collection 072 by Various ( - ) viewtopic.php?f=19&t=82860 or the the next one if it takes me a while to get results that my wife will approve.

Feed back about background noise or technical issues requested. This is not my best reading voice (mike just got here, and just finished dinner).

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jamesjenkins.mp3
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Post by adrianstephens » November 6th, 2020, 4:34 am

JamesJenkins wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Here is my one minute test. Audacity on Windows, USB mike Tonor TC-777

I checked it with checker and it passed, I did not apply any noise reduction. Only editing is to remove a couple of breath intakes.

I plan to try and record a short work for Short Science Fiction Collection 072 by Various ( - ) viewtopic.php?f=19&t=82860 or the the next one if it takes me a while to get results that my wife will approve.

Feed back about background noise or technical issues requested. This is not my best reading voice (mike just got here, and just finished dinner).

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jamesjenkins.mp3
Hello James,

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.
Your audio environment 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.

You generally don't need to edit out breaths. We all breathe, and I think I've heard somebody say that if you listen to text with no breathing evident, the listener starts to get unconsciously breathless. It's a good story, even if not true. Anyhow, unless you are producing the death rattle from the planet Zzzaaahhrrr, you should not need to edit your breathing.

You read through the text rather quickly - e.g. at 12s. In a "production" recording you would expect to put evident gaps in at periods.

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: There is some barely evident background noise. It is borderline for needing attention.
At this level of noise, I would apply noise reduction to my own recordings.

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.

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”.

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.

Use noise reduction using Audacity as shown here: 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.


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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Post by JamesJenkins » November 8th, 2020, 5:13 am

adrianstephens wrote:
November 6th, 2020, 4:34 am

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.
Thank you, I read your comments, watched some of your videos and made a new test..

Then I let my wife PL and made more changes...

This test has a stop and start in the middle and a few words completely replaced.

I used noise reduction and replay gain effects as well.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jamesjenkins_2.mp3

I will probably be starting on my first real submission before you get back to PL this.

Thank you for your time and the helpful videos.
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 18th, 2020, 7:25 pm

James,

Just to close the loop on this, your revised test was just fine. I'll mark the thread OK.

Look forward to seeing you around the forums!

MaryAnn

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