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Candacet
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Post by Candacet » July 12th, 2019, 12:28 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_candacet.mp3

I recorded this with Audacity, Windows, USB mic.
I also ran it through the Checker until I passed there.
Thanks for any input.
Candace

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Post by TriciaG » July 13th, 2019, 7:34 am

Welcome, Candace!

Well, as you know already, all the tech settings check out as OK. ;)

You have a lot of background noise. Visually, the spots where you are not speaking should be a very thin, black line. As you can see on your wave form, it's more of a thick, blue line. And you can definitely hear it.

First, try turning off any extra nearby equipment that you don't need - printers, fans (hard this time of year, I know!), fluorescent lights, etc. Make sure your microphone cord is not lying next to any other cords. Since you've got a USB microphone, plug it into a port that has nothing plugged in beside it. If you're using a laptop, try running on battery power instead of being plugged in. See if those things help. Try to eliminate as much noise at its source as you can, before it gets to the microphone. Imagine dead silence (totally dead), then listen to your recording area and figure out what is making sounds that your mic is picking up.

If you have a desktop mic, it might be picking up vibrations from the desk. Put a folded towel or piece of foam under the mic stand to absorb these.

Once you've eliminated any external noise, you could do some noise reduction in Audacity. But it's best to start with the above. ;)

Here are a couple resources for noise reductoin:
text instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
video, but with an older version of Audacity so the settings are different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-16 (on the higher end for you, probably)
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency Smoothing: 6

Try making these adjustments, then post another test. Use the same file name as your previous one, and post in this same thread when it's ready. :)
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Candacet
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Post by Candacet » July 15th, 2019, 3:53 am

Alright, thank you!
I put a towel under the mic stand and moved the USB to a different port as you suggested and here is the new recording. I did not use any Effects in Audacity on this one.
Thanks!
Candace


https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_candacet.mp3

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Post by TriciaG » July 15th, 2019, 6:44 am

Wow - what a difference!

This is fine just the way it is. You don't have to do any more treatments on it. :)

Have fun recording "for real"!
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Post by Candacet » July 16th, 2019, 3:08 am

Alright, thank you very much!
Candace

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