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Post Posted:: June 3rd, 2016, 1:33 am 

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[SOLO] Sandy's Selection, by Steele Rudd (1868 - 1935).



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The further adventures of Kate and Sandy, married in Chapter 12 of the first book of the series, "On Our Selection". It is said that this is Steele Rudd's fantasy of what his life would have been like had he remained on the farm, rather than taken up a literary career. (Son of the Exiles)



  • Text source (only read from this text!): https://books.google.com.au/books?id=Myw5AQAAMAAJ&q=sandy's+selection&dq=sandy's+selection&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y
  • Type of proof-listening required (Note: please read the PL FAQ): standard



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    Genres for the project: Family Life; Humorous Fiction

    Keywords that describe the book: humour, farming, family life, australian pioneer life

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  • The reader will record the following at the beginning and end of each file:
    No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
    START of recording (Intro):
    • "Chapter [number] of Sandy's Selection. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
    • If you wish, say:
      "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
    • Say:
      "Sandy's Selection, by Steele Rudd. [Chapter]"


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    • "Chapter [number] of Sandy's Selection by Steele Rudd. This LibriVox recording is in the Public Domain."
    • If you wish, say:
      "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
    • Only if applicable, say:
      "[Chapter title]"

    END of recording:
    • At the end of the section, say:
      "End of [Chapter]"
    • If you wish, say:
      "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
    • At the end of the book, say (in addition):
      "End of Sandy's Selection, by Steele Rudd. "

    There should be 5 seconds silence at the end of the recording, or 10 seconds for files longer than 30 minutes.
  • Example filename sandysselection_##_rudd_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. sandysselection_01_rudd_128kb.mp3)


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Post Posted:: June 3rd, 2016, 2:01 am 

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The dynamic duo of annise and barbara2 has graciously volunteered to reprise the MC and DPL roles they performed in "Dad's Trip to Brisbane", so I venture to suggest we're good to go!

In one of those spooky coincidences that always crop up from time to time, I might mention that my great-great-grandfather of my paternal line, the original Cornishman who came out and took up land in 1861, in the Murray River Valley, just over the border into Victoria, well, his name was actually "Sandy". It's the nickname for "Alexander", by the way.

Wherever the family went throughout the world, in the great Cornish diaspora of the 1860s, they always seemed to stay in farming in general, and wheat in particular. The family tree ... we have a very distinctive, yet uncommon, Cornish surname ... shows our mob settling in wheat belts in Australia, Canada, the USA, and elsewhere.

Which must bewilder those for whom the name "Son of the Exiles" says "corn" with a capital 'C'.

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Post Posted:: June 3rd, 2016, 2:45 am 
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My children's Cornish ancestors were miners - worked their way across fom the west coast to the Tamar and then dispersed . Obviously mechanically gifted family - their gg grandpa was head hunted to come to Bendigo as a mine manager , his brothers got jobs with waterworks etc in England and were strong Methodists.

All set up

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Post Posted:: June 3rd, 2016, 4:18 am 

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Whoops! I appear to have made a miscount. I'm short one chapter. May I please get a 22nd Chapter (23rd Section) please?

SOTE

P.S. Now I just have to come up with a voice characterisation for Sandy. I wonder whether the Giraffe shearer from "Send Round The Hat" could be made a little more "free selector"? Experimentation proceeding on the word "Mighty!". (Australians will understand...)

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Post Posted:: June 3rd, 2016, 4:42 am 
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You can add it yourself using the <add new section> button above section 00

Anne

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Post Posted:: June 3rd, 2016, 4:39 pm 

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Hi,

Posting to the thread just to get notifications but, while I'm at it, I may as well mention that I love Cornwall (even though you have to drive all the way to Bude to find a laundrette these days).

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Post Posted:: June 10th, 2016, 4:15 pm 

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Preface
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/sandysselection_00_rudd_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:34

SOTE

P.S. I've worked out his handwriting below that frontpiece photograph.

"Yours Polofully".

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Post Posted:: June 10th, 2016, 11:29 pm 

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SonOfTheExiles wrote:
Preface
https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/sandysselection_00_rudd_128kb.mp3
Duration: 1:34

SOTE

P.S. I've worked out his handwriting below that frontpiece photograph.

"Yours Polofully".


Hi SOTE,

mp3gain says 86.6 so amplify it up to 89ish.

I must say the animal in the illustration looks like a Cuff and Collar Club (rather than a Geebung Polo Club) pony.

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Post Posted:: June 12th, 2016, 3:02 pm 

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I think I might be going about my audio levels the wrong way.

I was looking to effect>amplify by about +2.5, but Audacity seems to be telling me that +2.5 will max the volume out. Is there some Audacity tool I should be using here? I'm not quite sure how to measure that mp3gain.

Cheers,
SOTE

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Post Posted:: June 12th, 2016, 3:38 pm 

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SonOfTheExiles wrote:
I think I might be going about my audio levels the wrong way.

I was looking to effect>amplify by about +2.5, but Audacity seems to be telling me that +2.5 will max the volume out. Is there some Audacity tool I should be using here? I'm not quite sure how to measure that mp3gain.

Cheers,
SOTE




Hi, SOTE, I'm befogged by a virus so forgive me if I misunderstood your question.


Because I don't use Windows or a Mac, I check the volume in a separate mp3 program after exiting Audacity, so I can't be specific about how to use mp3gain in Audacity in the other OSes. There is a ReplayGain plug-in for Audacity in the other OSes. (The advice I read is to use mp3gain or replaygain only for checking the volume and to see by how much it should be amplified of de-amplified. There are technical explanations....)



I downloaded https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/sandysselection_00_rudd_128kb.mp3 to have a look.There are three ways of tackling the volume:

1. Personally, on such a short file I'd just Effect, Amplify a few peaks by minus x dBs and then amplify the whole file. Check the result with mp3gain or replaygain and amplify/de-amplify as necessary.

2. On a larger file I'd use Effect, Normalize then check with mp3gain or replaygain and amplify/de-amplify as necessary.

3. On a larger file I might try Effect, Compression (as well as or instead of Normalize, depending) then check with mp3gain or replaygain and amplify/de-amplify as necessary.


Here is the Wiki that explained things for me:

http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Questions_and_Answers



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Barbara


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Post Posted:: June 12th, 2016, 4:22 pm 

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Okay, I've installed and run the plug-in, and ... I think ... applied the gain correctly to the file. (Muttering, in full Minnie Bannister style, about "black magic!")

https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/sandysselection_00_rudd_128kb.mp3

Cheers,
SOTE

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Post Posted:: June 12th, 2016, 7:49 pm 

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SonOfTheExiles wrote:
Okay, I've installed and run the plug-in, and ... I think ... applied the gain correctly to the file. (Muttering, in full Minnie Bannister style, about "black magic!")

https://librivox.org/uploads/annise/sandysselection_00_rudd_128kb.mp3

Cheers,
SOTE


PL OK. There was one instance of "clipping" at 1:02.5 but it's a mild one so we'll forget it. Something to keep an eye out for before exporting to mp3 (you can see the red line on the Audacity screen).

And it's just 5 minutes ago that I had to reject a whole section by another good reader for mass instances of clipping. The thing about clipping is that it can't be undone once the top is chopped off the wave , and the noise it makes is unpleasant. But you probably knew that. I think I'd better shut up about it before I get murdered in my bed.

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Post Posted:: June 12th, 2016, 9:00 pm 

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I tend to keep a series of Audacity files at various stages of the process, with the date as a suffix.

For example:

SandysSelection-Ch1-TheNewHome-FirstRoughDraft-yyyymmdd-hhmm -- The actual recording.

SandysSelection-Ch1-TheNewHome-FirstRoughEdit-yyyymmdd-hhmm -- Noise Removal Passes, Coughs, unsuccessful attempts, etc, removed.

SandysSelection-Ch1-TheNewHome-SecondEdit-yyyymmdd-hhmm -- Character voices from separate recordings added. I do my best to do these in one recording session, in order to keep the voice characterisation consistent. That's why the first chapter of this book may need a bit more time to appear than will the subsequent ones, because I need to record ALL the book's speeches by Sandy, Uncle, Dad Rudd, etc, first. The individual single chapter cameos I can usually do as I go. The one that's bothering me a bit is the German midwife towards the end of the book. It keeps sounding ludicrous. :wink: I wonder if any of our genuine German Librivox ladies (Librivoxerinnen?) would like to ham it up as jolly Mrs Holstein when we get to that stage? Well, we'll see. One of the two passages in question is below. **

SandysSelection-Ch1-TheNewHome-ThirdEdit-yyyymmdd-hhmm -- Manual pass through the files, deamplifying any loud breath intakes, equalising volumes as much as possible, removing (where possible) bird squawks, etc. "The Cast-Iron Canvasser" was a notable exception in this regard, as the wildlife was particularly rambunctious that day. In places, it sounds as if I was recording sitting under a gum-tree with every feathered denizen in the district overhead.

SandysSelection-Ch1-TheNewHome-Fourth&Final-yyyymmdd-hhmm -- Spacings/timings between narration and speeches made more appropriate where necessary.

Sometimes, when the chapters are short, or I'm on a roll, there might be less steps. But the beauty of doing it this way is, no mistake is truly irreversible. You just have to go back to the last file-stage.

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**

CHAPTER XXI.
Kate’s Babies.

SANDY had brought Mrs. Holstein and her traps in the dray,
and was sitting on his haunches with his back against
the barn and an anxious look on his face, just as he had sat
when Jimmy was born.

An hour passed.

Mrs. Holstein came to the back door. “ Anoder poy !” she
called out.

Sandy straightened himself up and grinned. Mrs. Holstein
withdrew.

Sandy, stepping out briskly, paced about between the
barn and the house, whistling some sort of a tune.

Mrs. Holstein came to the back door again. “ Anoder von!”
she shouted, grinning broadly—“ a gairl.”

Sandy stopped whistling, and his eye and mouth opened
wide. “ Two ?” he said, looking surprised.

“Dweens! ” And Mrs. Holstein laughed and disappeared
again.

“Well, I’m blowed l” Sandy murmured, and walked up and
down some more.

After a while Mrs. Holstein came to the door again, and
burst out laughing.

“ Theresh d-d-dree!” she stammered, “von more vos a
poy!”

“ My G— !” Sandy said, “ I must stop this,” and he
advanced hurriedly to the door. But Mrs. Holstein threw up
her hands and wouldn’t let him in.

“You should feel sholly aboud dem all. Two fine leetle
poys, so like each oder as vos two pins. Und de leetle girl vos
so plump—so fat as a leetle pig.” And she laughed at Sandy
and hurried inside again.

Then a chorus of strange voices like the bleating of lambs
fell on Sandy’s ear, and he turned away, and running his thick
fingers through his hair shoved his hat off. Then he stood and
meditated.

He was meditating hard, when once more the form of Mrs.
Holstein appeared. It was too much for Sandy.

What!” he shouted, and ran blindly in the direction of
the barn.

“Dere vos not some more, you silly shap !” Mrs. Holstein
called after him. But Sandy paid no attention to her; he was
heading for the haystack—whatever consolation he hoped to
find there !—when Uncle, who had been absent several months
from the selection, rode cheerfully into the yard with a swag
rolled before him on the saddle.

“Tol dot foolish man dere vos not some more,” Mrs. Holstein
said, appealing to Uncle.

“Not some more what?” Uncle asked, wonderingly.

“Not some more shilders. I tell him der missus
she haf dreeplets, and he tink dere vos some more yet, und rund
avay.”

“Triplets!" Uncle squealed. “Triplets! Moses ! ” and he
tugged his old horse round and went away again. The selection
was no place for Uncle any more.

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Post Posted:: June 12th, 2016, 9:20 pm 
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If you find you are running out of space , what I do is always save the rough recording as a .flac file - it's much smaller and more movable and I also save as a .flac before exporting as an mp3 and I save that from a long time.

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Post Posted:: June 12th, 2016, 11:03 pm 

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SonOfTheExiles wrote:
I tend to keep a series of Audacity files at various stages of the process, with the date as a suffix.


Big snip of useful examples...

I "save as" at various stages of the sound editing too. I don't know how the people who record long passages with Audacity manage the editing without lots of RAM, hard drive space and a fairly powerful CPU.

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The one that's bothering me a bit is the German midwife towards the end of the book. It keeps sounding ludicrous. :wink: I wonder if any of our genuine German Librivox ladies (Librivoxerinnen?) would like to ham it up as jolly Mrs Holstein when we get to that stage?



I'd love to hear you try.

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