This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://librivox.org/multilingual-short-works-collection-016/
This collection is for short works, in any language except (modern) English. This can include poetry but also prose, fiction as well as non-fiction.
Feel free to choose any work which is in the public domain. If you're unsure what we mean by 'public domain', please read this explanation. Try to stick to works that run less than 60 minutes.
Please follow the instructions in this post carefully. There is no need to "sign-up" before recording; please remember that you should choose a work that is Public Domain in your country AND that was published before 1923; if you are unsure about anything, please post here and ask before recording!
Everyone can contribute as many recordings as he/she wants.
It's OK to submit readings in English (English being a language, I figure), but as there are plenty of other places to put those, let's limit them to special cases such as interesting regional dialects or accents.
If you are interested to see what has been done previously, check the previous Multilingual Collections in our catalog (but we welcome multiple versions of the same work).
Prospective Prooflisteners: Please read the Listeners Wanted FAQ before listening! Level of prooflistening requested: standard
Please don't download or listen to files belonging to projects in process (unless you are the BC or PL). Our servers are not set up to handle the greater volume of traffic. Please wait until the project has been completed. Thanks!
If you are new, please check the Recording Guide before recording:
Please be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHz
Channels: 1 (Mono recording).
No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
START of recording (Intro) The intro and outro can be in English, or in the language of the text.
"[Title] by [author], read in [language]. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
At the END, say: "End of [Title], by [Author Name]"
If you wish, you may also say: "Read by [your name]."
There should be 5 seconds silence at the end of the recording, or 10 seconds for files longer than 30 minutes.
Only for works shorter than 500 words you can use the short or poetry disclaimer:
"[Work title], by [author], read in [language] for LibriVox.org by [your name]".
At the End say: "End of [Title]. This recording is in the public domain".
Add ID3 V2 tags
(To find out more about ID3 tags, go to our wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/What_is_ID3)
Title: Language - Work Title (e.g. Chinese - Chun Si)
Artist: Author Name (e.g. Peter Wang)
Album: LibriVox Multilingual Short Works Collection 016
(You may put "Recorded by [your name]" in the comments section if you wish)
Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloguing stage.
Save as mp3 file
File name all in lowercase: msw016_[work's title]_[author's last name]_[your initials]_128kb.mp3
Put file name all in lower case, the title all in one word, drop articles (without the square brackets, please, and NO SPACES)
Transfer of files (completed recordings)
- Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader:
(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: icequeen
- If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
When posting your link, please use the template below. Copy the code in the box, paste it into your reply, and fill in the required information as far as available (this will make everything easier for the coordinators!):
If this is your first contribution to Librivox, please also supply:
- URL for the mp3 file from the Uploader -
- Duration of recording (mm:ss) -
- URL for online text -
- Title of work -
- Date of publication -
- Name of author -
- Birth date and date of death of author if available (xxxx-xxxx) -
- URL for author information (e.g. wikipedia) if available -
- Brief indication of the work in a few words: (for example: poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction, genre or keywords; will be used in the summary)
* Reader's name to use on the catalogue page -
* Reader's personal URL to use on the catalogue page (if you have one) -
Please post below