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chris5479
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Joined: November 16th, 2020, 9:35 am

Post by chris5479 » November 20th, 2020, 12:36 pm

hi guys! im new to this and was hoping someone could listen to my test recording to make sure everything sounds good. thank you !

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_chris5479.mp3

MaryAnnSpiegel
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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 20th, 2020, 5:29 pm

Welcome to Librivox Chris!

You have a lovely voice -- its very pleasant to listen to.

Couple of things to address on your test. Your bit rate is variable, Librivox requires 128 kbps fixed. You set that as you are exporting to the MP3. Instructions are here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Audacity_1-2-3 (See 5. Export setup).

You have a persistent hum in the background. Is anything running? If you listen with headphones, I think you'll hear it too. I was able to get most of the hum out with two passes of noise cleaning, but it's best if you can find the source and shut it off when you record (or move farther away). See if you can get away from whatever is causing the noise, and then apply some noise cleaning. Instructions are here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Noise_Cleaning Phil has also done some helpful videos, including one on noise cleaning. Links are here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos

Your volume is a little low. You come in at 84.3 dB. Our target is 89 dB, with 87-91 being acceptable. That means that after noise cleaning, you'll need to amplify a bit. Instructions on how to check your volume using a plug in to Audacity called ReplayGain are here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity

Once you know the dB of your file, you can increase it to meet the 89 dB target using the Amplify function. Phil's got a video here showing how to do that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_z607awyLw

Please address these points and upload another test, calling it "test2". I can then re-check your technical specs.

MaryAnn

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