COMPLETE [DRAM READ] Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky-maryann

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » June 18th, 2016, 5:07 am

And April Waters has not been on the forums since January 30th. You might consider the status of her claims as well.

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Post by HoosierMary » June 18th, 2016, 6:34 am

MaryAnnSpiegel wrote:Silverquill has not been on the forums in 6 months. You might consider orphaning his parts.
MaryAnn
Done. Thank you.
MaryAnnSpiegel wrote:And April Waters has not been on the forums since January 30th. You might consider the status of her claims as well.

MaryAnn
I seem to vaguely remember her contacting me before she disappeared from LV, so let me send her a PM just in case, and will orphan in a couple of days if I don't hear anything.
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Post by Penumbra » June 18th, 2016, 1:07 pm

I have uploaded three files:
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_clerk_08.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_clerk_39.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_policeman2_14.mp3

In ch 14 the speaker of the policeman's line is identified as "policeman" instead of "policeman2". I read it anyway, assuming a typo.

-tom
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Post by HoosierMary » June 18th, 2016, 3:29 pm

Penumbra wrote:I have uploaded three files:
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_clerk_08.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_clerk_39.mp3
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_policeman2_14.mp3

In ch 14 the speaker of the policeman's line is identified as "policeman" instead of "policeman2". I read it anyway, assuming a typo.

-tom
Great! Thanks!
Mary

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Post by SaraHale » June 20th, 2016, 1:07 pm

Hello! :D

I want to read, section 50, woman 4 in chapter 13. If someone else already claimed that role. Could you suggest another small role for me to read? As this will be my first recording at LibriVox.

I will include my one minute test below. It will help you decided whether I am suitable for the character or not.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_sarahale.mp3

Thanks! :D
Constructive criticism is always welcome. Thanks, SaraHale. :D

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Post by JimLane » June 21st, 2016, 11:49 pm

I would like to try Nikodim Fomitch, sections 24 and 25. I'm a new volunteer who's never worked on a DR before, but I think I understand what to do.

Fomitch's passages include saying the name "Koch", which isn't in the pronunciation guide. How are you reading it? The former Mayor of New York City rhymed it with "notch", while the former Libertarian Party candidate for Vice President rhymes it with "joke".
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Post by tovarisch » June 22nd, 2016, 8:13 am

JimLane wrote:...Fomitch's passages include saying the name "Koch", which isn't in the pronunciation guide. How are you reading it? The former Mayor of New York City rhymed it with "notch", while the former Libertarian Party candidate for Vice President rhymes it with "joke".
Sorry about the missing names in the guide. We didn't collect all of them, unfortunately.

I looked it up in the original and it's "KOh-KH" (it's a German name, methinks). There is also "Pestryakov"; if you can, read it with emphasis on 'o' (pes-trya-KOFF, both 'e' and 'a' are basically "schwa").
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  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by carteki » June 22nd, 2016, 8:43 am

A word on volume when doing DR's, especially 1 liners. Where there is a lot of blank space the overall volume is reduced, which means that the spoken sections are amplified to get the overall volume to the correct level. It is best to check the volume on an individual phrase level to avoid the "averaging". Also, what happens is that on editing what you as the speaker intend to be "loud" or "soft" are lost.
No need to make any adjustments. Just a future note.

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_passerby1_6.mp3
PL OK
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_passerby1_13.mp3
PL OK
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_passerby1_31.mp3
PL OK.

Kim

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Post by carteki » June 22nd, 2016, 8:46 am


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Post by JimLane » June 22nd, 2016, 10:50 am

tovarisch wrote:
JimLane wrote:...Fomitch's passages include saying the name "Koch", which isn't in the pronunciation guide. How are you reading it? The former Mayor of New York City rhymed it with "notch", while the former Libertarian Party candidate for Vice President rhymes it with "joke".
Sorry about the missing names in the guide. We didn't collect all of them, unfortunately.

I looked it up in the original and it's "KOh-KH" (it's a German name, methinks). There is also "Pestryakov"; if you can, read it with emphasis on 'o' (pes-trya-KOFF, both 'e' and 'a' are basically "schwa").
Believe me, tovarisch, I would never have dreamed of volunteering for this work without your helpful (as in, absolutely essential) pronunciation guide. You have nothing to apologize for. "Koch" is a simple-looking name; it's just that, as a politics junkie, I happen to know about two American political figures who pronounce it differently.

Thanks for the guide and for your response!
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Post by JimLane » June 22nd, 2016, 12:02 pm

carteki wrote:A word on volume when doing DR's, especially 1 liners. Where there is a lot of blank space the overall volume is reduced, which means that the spoken sections are amplified to get the overall volume to the correct level. It is best to check the volume on an individual phrase level to avoid the "averaging". Also, what happens is that on editing what you as the speaker intend to be "loud" or "soft" are lost.

Kim
As a practical matter, what's the best way to do this? What occurred to me is this: After completing the recording, open the file in Audacity, delete all the extra silences, export the result with a new name that includes "test" or the like, then run the result through Checker to analyze volume.

Alternatively, I could follow this procedure for each individual bit of dialog separately, but that would mean much more work, i.e., creating numerous "test" files and checking each. Is it OK to lump them all together as described above?

Thanks for any guidance you can give!
Jim Lane

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Post by carteki » June 22nd, 2016, 12:12 pm

Jim,
Fortunately for you there is an easy answer! I see from your initial recording that you use Audacity, which has a plug-in called "replaygain". This tool allows you to test the volume for the entire piece, or just the selection.
Replay Gain plugin for Audacity: - http://forum.audacityteam.org/download/file.php?id=4668
1. Save the file to your computer - your desktop or somewhere where you can easily find it.
2. Now browse to the folder in which Audacity is installed. It's probably in C:\Program Files\Audacity) and then open the Plug-Ins folder.
3. Drag the file you saved into the Plug-Ins folder.
4. Restart Audacity
As you gain experience you'll also be able to "see" the changes in volume on the waveform graph. So if you've tested one phrase and the others are the same height (amplitude I think is the correct term) then they'll be the same volume. For more info go to http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity.

Kim

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Post by unclejoe » June 28th, 2016, 11:58 am

carteki wrote:
A word on volume when doing DR's, especially 1 liners. Where there is a lot of blank space the overall volume is reduced, which means that the spoken sections are amplified to get the overall volume to the correct level. It is best to check the volume on an individual phrase level to avoid the "averaging". Also, what happens is that on editing what you as the speaker intend to be "loud" or "soft" are lost.
No need to make any adjustments. Just a future note.

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_passerby1_6.mp3
PL OK
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_passerby1_13.mp3
PL OK
https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/crimeandpunishment_passerby1_31.mp3
PL OK.

Kim
Thankyou Kim!
Good thing to keep in mind......I usually only adjust the overall volume....once in a while have 'averaged' when there is a spike to lower some how....... it is easy enough to re-record, but I usually don't.
It would be nice to deliver Raw files and have someone who Really knows the tech stuff adjust things.....but that would be outside the librivox doings at present, I believe.

aloha,
joe t.+

Hmm.......reading this again.......and working on several passages by the same character...... I tend to want to raise all of the volumes up to the same level......so the overall db is within the librivox parameters...... but i want the volumes differences...... Now, sometimes, ...well, usually I have the same settings so, it just depends on how loud I speak the lines......and maybe I will start leaving them as spoken.
And I am thinking about not doing as much noise removal....I need some, as there is always a bit of background around here.

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Post by carteki » June 29th, 2016, 2:37 am

Joe [and others] ...

It helps to think about what happens during editing ... if your character is conversing with another character and the volume of the speaking parts is different it may sound like one character is shouting while the other is whispering. Most editors run the leveller / compressor function on the parts so that it is easy to fit them together, losing the dramatic intentions of the reader.
For DR's it is better to measure the volume on the individual phrases rather than using checker or another program because the quiet space makes the average volume much lower than for the spoken pieces themselves.

On the Help page in the forum there are links to the videos that have been created to help readers get the best quality recordings. They're very straightforward and useful.

Kim

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Post by HoosierMary » June 29th, 2016, 5:06 am

SaraHale wrote:Hello! :D

I want to read, section 50, woman 4 in chapter 13. If someone else already claimed that role. Could you suggest another small role for me to read? As this will be my first recording at LibriVox.

I will include my one minute test below. It will help you decided whether I am suitable for the character or not.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_sarahale.mp3

Thanks! :D
I'm sorry about the delay, Sarah. I'm happy to sign you up. How would you like your name to appear in the catalog?
Mary

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Dramatic reading: Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment
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