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Post by Zelwood » May 29th, 2020, 1:56 pm

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

Hi did my first recording is the sound quality up to standard? Just using a standard USB headset and worried about my computer fan noise. Already ran it through the standard filter.

Pronunciations are hard could use another reading. If you can do it all in 1 take you're a better reader than me.

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Post by KevinS » May 29th, 2020, 2:28 pm

Zelwood wrote:
May 29th, 2020, 1:56 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/therover_zelwood.mp3

Hi did my first recording is the sound quality up to standard? Just using a standard USB headset and worried about my computer fan noise. Already ran it through the standard filter.

Pronunciations are hard could use another reading. If you can do it all in 1 take you're a better reader than me.
I think your recording is just fine, though it's too loud. You'll need to bring it down by 4dB to fall within LibriVox's parameters.

I have NEVER done anything in one take. Got close once with a ten-minute reading and choked at the end.

Most of my recordings are riddled with mistakes before editing.

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Post by Zelwood » May 29th, 2020, 3:07 pm

Other guys are bragging about their Yeti's and sound booths. You can detect the fan noise can't you? As long as that is up to par i'll keep going but i need to know for sure now. It's actually quite a hassle to get my computer in another room, to get longer cables, or something. Thank you for your reply, KevinS.

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Post by KevinS » May 29th, 2020, 4:44 pm

Zelwood wrote:
May 29th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Other guys are bragging about their Yeti's and sound booths. You can detect the fan noise can't you? As long as that is up to par i'll keep going but i need to know for sure now. It's actually quite a hassle to get my computer in another room, to get longer cables, or something. Thank you for your reply, KevinS.
I hear no fan at all---and the volume is high. I hear a few 'mouth noises' but that's to be expected. If I were you, I'd run the recording through one more 'cleaning, but even that will make little difference. (It would just knock out the noises at the very beginning of your recording and some of the rest.)

I'm no expert, or even minimally accomplished, but I record with a heater (with fan) at my feet in a largish library at home. Not the best conditions for recording, but it seems to work.

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Post by TriciaG » May 29th, 2020, 5:37 pm

And keep in mind that we don't require professional quality here. A little fan noise won't disqualify you anyway - some places it might (Audible or professional voiceover gigs), but we're more... accessible.
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Post by Kazbek » May 29th, 2020, 5:52 pm

I personally don't mind a little fan noise, as long as they hold their applause until the end of the section.

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Post by TriciaG » May 29th, 2020, 5:58 pm

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Post by KevinS » May 29th, 2020, 6:05 pm

Kazbek wrote:
May 29th, 2020, 5:52 pm
I personally don't mind a little fan noise, as long as they hold their applause until the end of the section.

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Post by sjmarky » May 30th, 2020, 2:46 pm

Hi Zel. I downloaded and reviewed your sample. It isn't just that the volume is too high; you are recording too loud to begin with. There's a lot of clipping - where the wave form exceeds the top and bottom of the window and gets chopped off. Clipping causes a buzzing-type distortion. So reduce your initial recording level; adjusting the volume after recording doesn't help. Otherwise, i think your recording sounds fine - good clarity and little background noise. Well done.
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