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jsamjenkins
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Post by jsamjenkins » November 15th, 2020, 7:28 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jsamjenkins.mp3
Feedback would be great. Thanks!!
I used Audacity, Windows 10, Logitech headseat and microphone.
Jeff

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Post by adrianstephens » November 16th, 2020, 1:06 am

jsamjenkins wrote:
November 15th, 2020, 7:28 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jsamjenkins.mp3
Feedback would be great. Thanks!!
I used Audacity, Windows 10, Logitech headseat and microphone.
Jeff
Hello Jeff,

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. The logitech mic has lost your bass frequencies,
but that doesn't matter for comprehension.

Congratulations - you meet librivox’s technical standards. Proof Listen OK!

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

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: 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.

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
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

jsamjenkins
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Post by jsamjenkins » November 18th, 2020, 8:58 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/2nd_1-_minute_test_Jenkins.mp3
As Adrian recommended, I did a second version of my 1-minute test, and again would appreciate feedback. Thank you Adrian for yours. In this version I used the Audacity effect for bass, so hopefully that added the right amount. Please let me know if you notice a difference. I spoke with a more consistent level as you suggested. When I got into the compression effect I didn't understand where to enter a "factor of 2." I think I just compressed it at the preset level.
Thanks again,
Jeff

adrianstephens wrote:
November 16th, 2020, 1:06 am
jsamjenkins wrote:
November 15th, 2020, 7:28 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jsamjenkins.mp3
Feedback would be great. Thanks!!
I used Audacity, Windows 10, Logitech headseat and microphone.
Jeff
Hello Jeff,

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. The logitech mic has lost your bass frequencies,
but that doesn't matter for comprehension.

Congratulations - you meet librivox’s technical standards. Proof Listen OK!

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

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: 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.

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

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » November 19th, 2020, 12:47 am

jsamjenkins wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 8:58 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/2nd_1-_minute_test_Jenkins.mp3
As Adrian recommended, I did a second version of my 1-minute test, and again would appreciate feedback. Thank you Adrian for yours. In this version I used the Audacity effect for bass, so hopefully that added the right amount. Please let me know if you notice a difference. I spoke with a more consistent level as you suggested. When I got into the compression effect I didn't understand where to enter a "factor of 2." I think I just compressed it at the preset level.
Thanks again,
Jeff


Hello Jeff,

The compression improved the variability of the speech. This is better than the first test and still PL OK.
However, compression has the side effect of boosting the volume in the quiet parts, including when you are not speaking.
The result of this is that the background noise is not perceptible. It sounds to me like an AC on in the background.

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 want to post an update (I got your PM), I will listen to it. But you don't need to, because this is still OK at it stands.

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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