COMPLETE [Group] Microphone Showdown 3 - RuthieG

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Post by Newgatenovelist » March 18th, 2016, 1:41 am

May I please have the next available slot? I have a purloined Philips Voice Tracer.

I also have access to different laptop with different software (Windows 10) than I did when I recorded the first entry. Would you like a sample of the same mic with these variables?
Erin

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Post by Algy Pug » March 18th, 2016, 2:21 am

Hi Erin

You have been allocated sections 37 and 38.

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Post by Newgatenovelist » March 18th, 2016, 7:47 am

Thank you very much. Here they are:

Title: To One in Bedlam
Author: Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)
Text: https://archive.org/stream/poemsofernestdow00dowsiala#page/10/mode/2up
MP3:https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_37_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1.52
Recorded with a Samson Meteorite USB microphone using Audacity on an Asus Windows 10 laptop.

Title: Cherry Ripe
Author: Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
Text: https://archive.org/stream/lyricpoemsofthom00camp#page/2/mode/2up
MP3: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_38_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1.24
Recorded on a Philips Voice Tracer.

Further to a conversation upthread, the Meteorite cost 50 euros a year ago. The Voice Tracer is on loan from a mate, so I'm afraid I can't help there.
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Post by Algy Pug » March 18th, 2016, 8:59 pm

Thanks Erin

Lovely readings.

PL notes:

Section 37

0:16 - 0:27
long pause

1:30 - 1:35
long pause

1:42
Closing silence was 12 seconds - should be five

Section 38
1:21
Closing silence should be 5 seconds

The Voice Tracer sounds quite nice. However, it does record at a fairly low volume level and appears to miss out on the high end frequencies.

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Post by SweetPea » March 18th, 2016, 9:26 pm

I've really got no idea when I'll be able to do my sections. You can take me off, though hopefully I'll be able to contribute later :)

Sorry for the inconvenience!
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Post by Algy Pug » March 18th, 2016, 9:42 pm

SweetPea wrote:I've really got no idea when I'll be able to do my sections. You can take me off, though hopefully I'll be able to contribute later :)

Sorry for the inconvenience!
Thank you for letting us know.

Sections 12 and 13 are now open.

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Post by Algy Pug » March 19th, 2016, 5:12 am

Thanks Erin

Both readings are now PL OK.

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Post by bethesdalily » April 25th, 2016, 8:18 pm

Sorry it's taken so long to post...

I found that recording something with defined poetic lines was easier than recording the prose piece I had initially proposed, and after seeing that my section did not have a title/microphone listed, I recorded the following:

Psalm 24, Version 1, from THE PSALMS OF DAVID by Isaac Watts
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13166
MP3 Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_36_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:17
Equipment: Olympus DM-420 digital voice recorder; Audacity 1.3; Dell Inspiron laptop

Believe it or not, this oldest recorder I own seems to do the best job. It's a nice, easy, portable setup, and it's quite forgiving as far as positioning goes. Let me know what you think.

I do have three more microphones, which I recorded for the fun of it. May I have three additional sections, please? I've already recorded the texts for them, so there shouldn't be a long delay this time around. Thanks!
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Post by Algy Pug » April 26th, 2016, 7:09 am

bethesdalily wrote: Psalm 24, Version 1, from THE PSALMS OF DAVID by Isaac Watts
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13166
MP3 Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_36_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:17
Equipment: Olympus DM-420 digital voice recorder; Audacity 1.3; Dell Inspiron laptop

Believe it or not, this oldest recorder I own seems to do the best job. It's a nice, easy, portable setup, and it's quite forgiving as far as positioning goes. Let me know what you think.

I do have three more microphones, which I recorded for the fun of it. May I have three additional sections, please? I've already recorded the texts for them, so there shouldn't be a long delay this time around. Thanks!
Thank you

Reading is PL OK.

The sound was clear and pleasant, and the noise level very low. The Olympus doesn't have the same richness as a large diaphragm condeser microphone, but nor does it have the same price tag.

I have allocated sections 12, 13 and 39 for your other recordings.

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Post by Kristingj » May 2nd, 2016, 5:47 am

Title: 20,000 leagues under the sea
Author: Jules Verne (1828 - 1925)
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2488
MP3 URL: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_40_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 02:16
Equipment: Samson C05 XLR with a Xenyx 302 USB interface and a pop filter on Windows 10

Here you go, one from my new mic:)
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Post by Algy Pug » May 2nd, 2016, 6:00 am

Kristingj wrote:Title: 20,000 leagues under the sea
Author: Jules Verne (1828 - 1925)
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2488
MP3 URL: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_40_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 02:16
Equipment: Samson C05 XLR with a Xenyx 302 USB interface and a pop filter on Windows 10

Here you go, one from my new mic:)
Very nice, Kristin! That microphone is a real winner.

PL OK. :thumbs:

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Post by bethesdalily » May 12th, 2016, 4:56 am

Psalm 133, Version 1, from THE PSALMS OF DAVID by Isaac Watts
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13166
MP3 Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_12_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:12
Equipment: Internal microphone of a Dell Inspiron laptop, running Windows 7 and Audacity 1.3

I do use this microphone on occasion, especially to re-record a single phrase, but on the whole it isn't an ideal setup. I've found, and you doubtless will agree, that it requires quite a bit of noise-cleaning for actual readings.

Psalm 61, from THE PSALMS OF DAVID by Isaac Watts
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13166
MP3 Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_13_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:04
Equipment: Olympus DM-620 Digital Voice Recorder; Windows 7 and Audacity 1.3

The sound here is similar to the Olympus DM-420, but seems a bit more powerful--in my opinion, almost too sensitive depending upon the setting. Thoughts? I do and will use it in a pinch when someone is borrowing the 420.

And finally:

Psalm 126, Version 1, from THE PSALMS OF DAVID by Isaac Watts
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13166
MP3 Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_39_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:21
Equipment: Blue Snowball USB Microphone; Windows 7 and Audacity 1.3

I actually expected to get the most from this microphone when I bought it several years ago, but have found it disappointing overall. What do you think, as a listener?
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Post by Algy Pug » May 12th, 2016, 5:08 am

bethesdalily wrote:Psalm 133, Version 1, from THE PSALMS OF DAVID by Isaac Watts
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13166
MP3 Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_12_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:12
Equipment: Internal microphone of a Dell Inspiron laptop, running Windows 7 and Audacity 1.3
Thank you

Reading is PL OK.

The internal microphone on the Dell sounds surprisingly good, but, as you say, significant noise cleaning would be required for a regular project.

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Post by bethesdalily » May 27th, 2016, 12:39 pm

I'm wondering if you may have missed these from a previous post. If not, take your time--I know how busy my life, at least, has gotten!

Psalm 61, from THE PSALMS OF DAVID by Isaac Watts
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13166
MP3 Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_13_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:04
Equipment: Olympus DM-620 Digital Voice Recorder; Windows 7 and Audacity 1.3

The sound here is similar to the Olympus DM-420, but seems a bit more powerful--in my opinion, almost too sensitive and echoing depending upon the setting. Thoughts? I do and will use it in a pinch when someone is borrowing the 420.

And finally:

Psalm 126, Version 1, from THE PSALMS OF DAVID by Isaac Watts
Text URL: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13166
MP3 Link: https://librivox.org/uploads/ruthieg/microphoneshowdown3_39_various_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:21
Equipment: Blue Snowball USB Microphone; Windows 7 and Audacity 1.3

I actually expected to get the most from this microphone when I bought it several years ago, but have found it disappointing overall. What do you think, as a listener?
Bethesda Lily

"My soul waits for the Lord as watchmen for the morning, as watchmen for the morning" (Psalm 130:6).

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