my new recording booth!

Comments about LibriVox? Suggestions to improve things? News?
kayray
LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 11822
Joined: September 26th, 2005, 9:10 am
Location: Union City, California
Contact:

Post by kayray » May 5th, 2007, 5:23 pm

We have this funny little built-in shelf thing in our bedroom. I can never record in the bedroom because our personal server/firewall lives in the closet and hums constantly and loudly, but it suddenly occurred to me that if I lined the built-in shelf with thick padding, it might block the server hum. So I just placed sofa cushions all around it, and Dan held a thick blanket up behind me while I did a test recording. Oh My God. It was the best sound I've EVER HAD! There's some very low-frequency hum from the sever vibrations, but it's barely noticeable and I think I might be able to filter it out anyway. The "big empty room" sound is GONE. Stay tuned for samples! Dan is nailing up a beam so I can drape the backdrop blanket over it when I want to record.

Sample recording:
http://kayray.org/audiobooks/librivox/misc/what_think_you_whitman_ks.mp3
I need to build a pop filter -- my booth is so small that I have to have the mic right in front of my face and above my laptop screen, instead of off to the side as it used to be. But still, I think it's a much better sound even with the slight pops!
Kara
http://kayray.org/
--------
"Mary wished to say something very sensible into her Zoom H2 Handy Recorder, but knew not how." -- Jane Austen (& Kara)

Starlite
Posts: 16683
Joined: April 30th, 2006, 2:17 pm
Location: Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada

Post by Starlite » May 5th, 2007, 5:24 pm

Sounds great Kara :thumbs:
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable
people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress,
therefore, depends on unreasonable people." George Bernard Shaw

kayray
LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 11822
Joined: September 26th, 2005, 9:10 am
Location: Union City, California
Contact:

Post by kayray » May 5th, 2007, 5:27 pm

I'm so excited I'm actually trembling.
Kara
http://kayray.org/
--------
"Mary wished to say something very sensible into her Zoom H2 Handy Recorder, but knew not how." -- Jane Austen (& Kara)

Starlite
Posts: 16683
Joined: April 30th, 2006, 2:17 pm
Location: Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada

Post by Starlite » May 5th, 2007, 5:32 pm

kayray wrote:I'm so excited I'm actually trembling.
Another symptom of LV addiction. :wink:
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable
people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress,
therefore, depends on unreasonable people." George Bernard Shaw

kristin
Posts: 4618
Joined: June 1st, 2006, 10:47 am
Location: Des Moines

Post by kristin » May 5th, 2007, 6:20 pm

kayray wrote:I need to build a pop filter --
I just made a new one with a 4" wood embroidery ring (lighter weight than the plastic ones) and some pink insulated copper wire and a stocking.
[size=75]Whereas story is processed in the mind in a straightforward manner, poetry bypasses rational thought and goes straight to the limbic system and lights it up like a brushfire. It's the crack cocaine of the literary world. - Jasper Fforde[/size]

trioptimum
Posts: 110
Joined: August 17th, 2006, 6:27 am
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Post by trioptimum » May 6th, 2007, 1:04 am

Wow, is that unprocessed? Sounds amazing.

Now you'll have to re-record all your earlier LV recordings in the new space... that shouldn't take too long, right? :wink:
Equipment: AT2020 mic, Audition CC on Mac, and peppermint tea :)

My Catalogue Page
My Tumblr

earthcalling
Posts: 6647
Joined: April 8th, 2006, 2:26 pm
Location: London, England

Post by earthcalling » May 6th, 2007, 1:10 am

Superb, Kara! :thumbs:

anna
Posts: 15534
Joined: April 2nd, 2006, 11:18 am
Location: Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands

Post by anna » May 6th, 2007, 2:48 am

-OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :thumbs:
Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.
Kennis spreekt, wijsheid luistert.

kayray
LibriVox Admin Team
Posts: 11822
Joined: September 26th, 2005, 9:10 am
Location: Union City, California
Contact:

Post by kayray » May 6th, 2007, 8:39 am

trioptimum wrote:
Wow, is that unprocessed? Sounds amazing.

Now you'll have to re-record all your earlier LV recordings in the new space... that shouldn't take too long, right? :wink:
Heheh.. I wish. I can't bear to listen to the early stuff.

No, that file underwent my usual processing (10-band EQ and a smidge of compression). I was able to get rid of the server vibration by bringing down the lowest frequencies quite a bit.
Kara
http://kayray.org/
--------
"Mary wished to say something very sensible into her Zoom H2 Handy Recorder, but knew not how." -- Jane Austen (& Kara)

Gesine
Posts: 14185
Joined: December 13th, 2005, 4:16 am

Post by Gesine » May 6th, 2007, 8:44 am

It sounds great, Kara. Gives a real depth to your voice.
[size=92] "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world." Albert Einstein[/size]

gypsygirl
Posts: 8665
Joined: June 12th, 2006, 6:00 pm
Location: British expat in Waco, TX
Contact:

Post by gypsygirl » May 6th, 2007, 10:18 am

kristin wrote:...and some pink insulated copper wire and a stocking.
So... does it help that the insulated wire is pink? :D
Karen S.

kristin
Posts: 4618
Joined: June 1st, 2006, 10:47 am
Location: Des Moines

Post by kristin » May 6th, 2007, 10:50 am

Well, strictly speaking it could be any color but it's so much cheerier if it's pink. :D
[size=75]Whereas story is processed in the mind in a straightforward manner, poetry bypasses rational thought and goes straight to the limbic system and lights it up like a brushfire. It's the crack cocaine of the literary world. - Jasper Fforde[/size]

Gesine
Posts: 14185
Joined: December 13th, 2005, 4:16 am

Post by Gesine » May 6th, 2007, 2:48 pm

kristin wrote:Well, strictly speaking it could be any color but it's so much cheerier if it's pink. :D
LOL. Post a pic, will you? And Kara, you of your recording booth?
[size=92] "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world." Albert Einstein[/size]

Cloud Mountain
Posts: 4110
Joined: June 30th, 2006, 8:42 pm
Location: Jersey Shore, N.
Contact:

Post by Cloud Mountain » May 7th, 2007, 3:18 pm

We're starting to enter the 21st Century. Pioneer women! Hooray! [And congrats!] 8)

Which mike is you using again?
[url=http://librivox.org/newcatalog/people_public.php?peopleid=254]Alan's LV catalog[/url]

Planish
Posts: 432
Joined: March 17th, 2007, 7:59 pm
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Contact:

Post by Planish » June 9th, 2007, 11:55 pm

gypsygirl wrote:
kristin wrote:...and some pink insulated copper wire and a stocking.
So... does it help that the insulated wire is pink? :D
Essentially, then, you have a Pink Noise filter?
(Sorry, had to insert a little technical humour there.)
There is no frigate like a book / To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page / Of prancing poetry.

Post Reply