You have really already done 95% of the work! You've already recorded the entire chapter, and all it really needs is some fine-tuning. Please don't feel like you are too new or too inexperienced to tackle this! It will be my privilege to help you work through any little remaining issues. We aren't on a time crunch here, so you can take it slow and steady and just handle one issue at a time.Mmemari wrote: ↑February 23rd, 2018, 11:46 amThank you so much for the feedback!
I think since I am new at this I would like to try a shorter project for starts until I get the hang of it.
Although my recording test went well, I am having a problem with my computer, it makes a noise every so often when its been on too long. I think (in a addition to the volume issue, which I can fix) that may be the other problem you addressed, and the life of my battery is running out.
So until I can address that issue, can you please remove me from chapter (11), I would like to open it up to someone else. Also, before I take on another project, I would like to do another test for you to listen to (once my computer is ready) so you can let me know if I'm good to go.
Also, thank you so much for your encouragement. The feedback you provided is helpful as well as the newbie guide and tutorials. I will certainly keep trying.
The biggest problem, like Larry said, is your volume. Easy! Highlight your recording. Go to Effects>Amplify, and enter -10. Done!
The clicks he mentioned look like they will be very easy to simply cut, since they don't occur during a moment when you're speaking. I skipped my way through the rest of the recording, and I think I heard one or two stumbles that will need to be cut. This is also very easy. (I can find you the specific locations later on.)
The one thing that will take a bit more work (because it's the only thing, as far as I know at least, that will need you to pull out your mic again) is that the chapter subheadings aren't there. I debated whether to even ask readers to include these in the recordings, because the formatting of the book kind of hides them away, but I really like them! (For that reason, of course, most of our readers so far have missed them; it's not just you!) If you look at the table of contents, you will see the following under the chapter title for Chapter 11: "Women’s crusade against prostitution, alcoholism, and war—Decay of Empires—Originally appetites, have become trades—Advertisement and finance—Vested interest in alcohol—Traffic in women—Chicago Vice Commission—More facts wanted—Enormous profits—Trade controlled by men—Ignorance and indifference—Traffic in war." I'd like that subheading to be read after the title in your introduction. It's not hard to paste a new phrase into what you've already recorded (although I think I'd been recording for a month or two before I ever learned it). This video taught me 90% of the techniques I use on a daily basis in editing, including how to add a new phrase into an existing recording.
Like I said (or, wait, did I?), the recording you've already submitted is perfectly usable, or it will be, after you've applied a very few edits. The reason that I'm pushing you to continue is because you've already put in a lot of work that I would hate to see wasted. With just a little bit more work, you'll have a finished chapter that's entirely ready to go, plus the experience you'll gain will be invaluable. I truly hope that you'll be willing to move forward on this, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
EDIT: Alternatively, since we're not in a hurry to finish this project, you can go ahead and start on some small projects (maybe the Weekly Poetry or something like that) and I can go ahead and keep you on Chapter 11. Then, when you're a little more comfortable with editing techniques and have hopefully addressed the computer issues, maybe you'll feel ready to make the edits necessary for this section. I just really hate to see any reader put in the work of a whole chapter and not get to use it.