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DACSoft
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Post by DACSoft » July 2nd, 2019, 12:27 pm

I'm sort of a middle-of-the-road person, somewhere between only saving the edited MP3 file and saving EVERYTHING. :)

I keep all the files I make during the life of the chapter/section; in fact I usually save off MP3s during the phases of the technical edits (low pass filter, compress, background noise reduction, amplification, etc.), which I perform before I handle the content edits (which is a different order than many others do, but seems to give me a more consistent sound between the main reading and the edits).

Once the section has been "PL OKed," I delete all the files except (1) the raw MP3 (possibly for a bloopers recording for the amusement (or not) of friends and family), (2) the final edited MP3 (for re-upload in case the original goes missing or has some other issue, and (3) the FLAC file (in case there was an overlooked content issue with the reading, which may be found long after the file has been submitted, and may need fixing).

I find better quality by using the FLAC file (a lossless format) as the source of the fix than using the MP3 file (a lossy format). I've experienced a loss of quality (visually manifested in Checker by a decrease in dBs) for loading an MP3 file into Audacity, even without making a fix, then resaving as an MP3 file.

Being a bit of a packrat, I save these three files for every recording I make (as I do a copy of every ebook I submit to PG) -- mostly in an archive folder with a secondary backup elsewhere. :shock:

Don
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Bringing the Baseball Joe series to audio!

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Baseball Joe in the Central League; Left to Themselves
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Baseball Joe in the Big League; Whispering Tongues; Baseball Joe on the Giants

KevinS
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Post by KevinS » July 2nd, 2019, 4:56 pm

DACSoft wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 12:27 pm
I'm sort of a middle-of-the-road person, somewhere between only saving the edited MP3 file and saving EVERYTHING. :)

I keep all the files I make during the life of the chapter/section; in fact I usually save off MP3s during the phases of the technical edits (low pass filter, compress, background noise reduction, amplification, etc.), which I perform before I handle the content edits (which is a different order than many others do, but seems to give me a more consistent sound between the main reading and the edits).

Once the section has been "PL OKed," I delete all the files except (1) the raw MP3 (possibly for a bloopers recording for the amusement (or not) of friends and family), (2) the final edited MP3 (for re-upload in case the original goes missing or has some other issue, and (3) the FLAC file (in case there was an overlooked content issue with the reading, which may be found long after the file has been submitted, and may need fixing).

I find better quality by using the FLAC file (a lossless format) as the source of the fix than using the MP3 file (a lossy format). I've experienced a loss of quality (visually manifested in Checker by a decrease in dBs) for loading an MP3 file into Audacity, even without making a fix, then resaving as an MP3 file.

Being a bit of a packrat, I save these three files for every recording I make (as I do a copy of every ebook I submit to PG) -- mostly in an archive folder with a secondary backup elsewhere. :shock:

Don
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E agora, José?

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Post by KevinS » July 2nd, 2019, 4:58 pm

mightyfelix wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 8:08 am
Haha yes, I don't believe there are any rules against it. It was really catastrophic, though, which is why I thought it needed the honorific capital letters. It was some time in October, if I recall, and suddenly everything was reset back to a date about 3 weeks prior, back to some time in September. Forum posts, uploads, messages, catalogue, new member registrations, everything that had happened in that three weeks was gone and not recoverable.
I could easily pick three weeks of my life that could be erased to my relief. Luckily there is no video or audio.
E agora, José?

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Post by cowguy02 » July 3rd, 2019, 8:44 pm

KevinS wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 2:45 pm
TriciaG wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 2:09 pm
I record and edit the recording, then before any post-processing I export the file as FLAC.
Then I do post-processing (noise removal and compression), and export it as MP3.

If I have to make edits, I open up the FLAC, edit, and export the FLAC again. (It's my final, but unprocessed backup.) Do the post-processing, and export the MP3.

I save the FLAC and MP3.

I almost never save into the Audacity format. Even when recording and before editing, or any other time I am leaving with a file to save, I export it as FLAC. The only times I save into the Audacity format is when I have multiple tracks I want to preserve, or a label track. (This is mostly for dramatic readings and such.)
I'll have to look into this thing called FLAC. (I'm such an idiot-newbie.)
LOL FLAC is a just a very small file format that most mp3 players can't play and all DAW's can. Basically it a narrators heaven :D And TriciaG is wrong. FLAC is at lease level 3
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