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mmcclallen
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Post by mmcclallen » November 5th, 2020, 7:39 pm

Hello,

I recorded my test with Audacity on a Windows computer using an analog microphone. https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/mmcclallen_test.mp3

Thank you for your time!

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » November 6th, 2020, 4:27 am

mmcclallen wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Hello,

I recorded my test with Audacity on a Windows computer using an analog microphone. https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/mmcclallen_test.mp3

Thank you for your time!
Hello mmcclallen,

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.


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: There are some noticeable “pops” in the “P” sounds or breathing into the microphone.

There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away (6" further) 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.

Your background noise is currently OK, but I suspect when you move away from the mic, it might need some noise reduction. Anyhow, let's cross that bridge as and when needed.

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

mmcclallen
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Post by mmcclallen » November 8th, 2020, 9:18 pm

Thank you for the advice. Hopefully this one does the trick! https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/mmcclallen_test_2.mp3

mmcclallen
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Post by mmcclallen » November 9th, 2020, 6:35 am

Thank you for the advice! Hopefully, this sounds better.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/mmcclallen_test_2.mp3
adrianstephens wrote:
November 6th, 2020, 4:27 am
mmcclallen wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Hello,

I recorded my test with Audacity on a Windows computer using an analog microphone. https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/mmcclallen_test.mp3

Thank you for your time!
Hello mmcclallen,

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.


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: There are some noticeable “pops” in the “P” sounds or breathing into the microphone.

There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away (6" further) 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.

Your background noise is currently OK, but I suspect when you move away from the mic, it might need some noise reduction. Anyhow, let's cross that bridge as and when needed.

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

mmcclallen
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Joined: September 22nd, 2020, 5:05 am

Post by mmcclallen » November 11th, 2020, 7:46 am

Hi Adrian, just making sure I replied correctly, since I clearly didn't the first time around.

Thanks again for your help!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/mmcclallen_test_2.mp3
adrianstephens wrote:
November 6th, 2020, 4:27 am
mmcclallen wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Hello,

I recorded my test with Audacity on a Windows computer using an analog microphone. https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/mmcclallen_test.mp3

Thank you for your time!
Hello mmcclallen,

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.


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: There are some noticeable “pops” in the “P” sounds or breathing into the microphone.

There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away (6" further) 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.

Your background noise is currently OK, but I suspect when you move away from the mic, it might need some noise reduction. Anyhow, let's cross that bridge as and when needed.

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

MaryAnnSpiegel
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 18th, 2020, 7:00 pm

mmcclallen,

I've checked your updated test. Everything checks out. I'll mark your thread OK. Go forth and record!

Maryann

mmcclallen
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Post by mmcclallen » November 19th, 2020, 7:30 pm

Hello,

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/mmcclallen_one_minute_test_3.mp3

Here is my one minute test, recorded with Audacity on a windows operating system with an analog microphone.

Thank you for your time and any feedback!

MaryAnnSpiegel
LibriVox Admin Team
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Location: Chicago, IL

Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 20th, 2020, 3:34 pm

Hey M,

I've merged your two threads so everything stays together.

You've got a great voice, very clear reading.

Your recording checks all the boxes. Volume good, tech specs good, no noticeable background noise.

Look forward to seeing you around the forums!

MaryAnn

mmcclallen
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Post by mmcclallen » November 21st, 2020, 11:30 am

Hi MaryAnn,

I apologize, through user error I didn't see your first response! Thank you for your patience and the kind feedback.

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