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Katemull
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Post by Katemull » February 19th, 2020, 3:05 pm

HI I am a new volunteer and would like some feedback please to my test see link below.

Audacity 2.3.1 version
Headphone mic usb sennheiser
windows 10 pc

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


i look forward to your feedback :)

Kind regards

kate Mulligan

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Post by adrianstephens » February 20th, 2020, 1:13 am

Katemull wrote:
February 19th, 2020, 3:05 pm
HI I am a new volunteer and would like some feedback please to my test see link below.

Audacity 2.3.1 version
Headphone mic usb sennheiser
windows 10 pc

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


i look forward to your feedback :)

Kind regards

kate Mulligan
Hello Kate,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

There's a few minor technical changes you need to make that will improve the recording and make it acceptable.

I'll take your request for feedback to provide additional information to provide constructive criticsm.

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono at variable kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the "save as MP3" dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.

Advisory: There is a little bit background noise. It's not necessary, but you might experiement with noise cleaning as shown here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning. I recommend making this a part of your editing routine. You'll be surprised how much difference it makes.

Required: There are some noticeable "popping" at 6.85, 8.2s etc. There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away from the microphone or position in the microphone to the side of your face; 2) get a "pop" filter in front of your microphone; or 3) repair the plosives as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inbSdGb26XQ. Prevention is much easier than cure.

Advisory: There is a little room echo. You can reduce this by recording in a room that has a lot of soft furnishings. I hung cheap removal blankets on the walls and ceiling of my shed to create an acoustically dead space for recording. You can also reduce it by speaking closer to the microphone.

Please address at least the required technical issues and upload a new version. If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.

If you want to upload a new version and quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.


If you haven't already, you might spend some time browsing through the LibriVox Wiki. It contains a wealth of great information that you'll find useful and informative about who does what, and various technical aspects.



Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

Katemull
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Post by Katemull » February 21st, 2020, 12:43 am

Hi Adrian
Please find the test done with all the edits per email below
Kind regards

kate
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_katemull.mp3

Hello Kate,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

There's a few minor technical changes you need to make that will improve the recording and make it acceptable.

I'll take your request for feedback to provide additional information to provide constructive criticsm.

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono at variable kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the "save as MP3" dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.

Advisory: There is a little bit background noise. It's not necessary, but you might experiement with noise cleaning as shown here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning. I recommend making this a part of your editing routine. You'll be surprised how much difference it makes.

Required: There are some noticeable "popping" at 6.85, 8.2s etc. There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away from the microphone or position in the microphone to the side of your face; 2) get a "pop" filter in front of your microphone; or 3) repair the plosives as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inbSdGb26XQ. Prevention is much easier than cure.

Advisory: There is a little room echo. You can reduce this by recording in a room that has a lot of soft furnishings. I hung cheap removal blankets on the walls and ceiling of my shed to create an acoustically dead space for recording. You can also reduce it by speaking closer to the microphone.

Please address at least the required technical issues and upload a new version. If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.

If you want to upload a new version and quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.


If you haven't already, you might spend some time browsing through the LibriVox Wiki. It contains a wealth of great information that you'll find useful and informative about who does what, and various technical aspects.



Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens

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Post by adrianstephens » February 21st, 2020, 1:58 am

Katemull wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 12:43 am
Hi Adrian
Please find the test done with all the edits per email below
Kind regards

kate
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_katemull.mp3

Hello Kate,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

There's a few minor technical changes you need to make that will improve the recording and make it acceptable.

I'll take your request for feedback to provide additional information to provide constructive criticsm.

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono at variable kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the "save as MP3" dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.

Advisory: There is a little bit background noise. It's not necessary, but you might experiement with noise cleaning as shown here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning. I recommend making this a part of your editing routine. You'll be surprised how much difference it makes.

Required: There are some noticeable "popping" at 6.85, 8.2s etc. There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away from the microphone or position in the microphone to the side of your face; 2) get a "pop" filter in front of your microphone; or 3) repair the plosives as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inbSdGb26XQ. Prevention is much easier than cure.

Advisory: There is a little room echo. You can reduce this by recording in a room that has a lot of soft furnishings. I hung cheap removal blankets on the walls and ceiling of my shed to create an acoustically dead space for recording. You can also reduce it by speaking closer to the microphone.

Please address at least the required technical issues and upload a new version. If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.

If you want to upload a new version and quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.


If you haven't already, you might spend some time browsing through the LibriVox Wiki. It contains a wealth of great information that you'll find useful and informative about who does what, and various technical aspects.



Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens
Hello Kate,
Well done! You meet the Librivox standards. Proof listen OK! :thumbs:

Noise was well under control. Room echo gone.
There was just a little bit of not-quite popping. Have a look at 8.25s. This sounds a bit odd. I don't know if moving away from the mic (normally something you don't want to do) would help, or moving the mic off-axis (i.e., to one side). You might want to experiment with this, but you don't
need to do anything now as you meet librivox standards.

I suggest you spend some time becoming familiar with the forum and looking for projects that you think you'd enjoy working on. Just jump right in wherever it feels comfortable. Most of all, always have fun. You'll find lots of interesting material to record. If you're like me, you'll also discover you're learning a lot in the process and being exposed to books I otherwise wouldn't have opened or known about. You'll be contributing to an interesting project and interacting with a lot of fun and varied fellow LibriVox volunteers in the process.


Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

Katemull
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Post by Katemull » February 21st, 2020, 6:44 am

Hi Adrian
Thats great I look forward to doing some recordings and many thanks for the feedback. I did record some other test runs and that popping seems to happen about 10 secs into the recording i did try adjusting position of it maybe if i put a little soft sponge around mic would this help or where can i get one for the smaller headset mics?
many thanks again

kate :D

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Post by adrianstephens » February 21st, 2020, 7:23 am

Katemull wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 6:44 am
Hi Adrian
Thats great I look forward to doing some recordings and many thanks for the feedback. I did record some other test runs and that popping seems to happen about 10 secs into the recording i did try adjusting position of it maybe if i put a little soft sponge around mic would this help or where can i get one for the smaller headset mics?
many thanks again

kate :D
Hello Kate,
I think you will find various pop filters on ebay. Did you try moving the mic off-axis?
Best Regards,
Adrian
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

Katemull
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Post by Katemull » February 21st, 2020, 9:53 am

adrianstephens wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 7:23 am
Katemull wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 6:44 am
Hi Adrian
Thats great I look forward to doing some recordings and many thanks for the feedback. I did record some other test runs and that popping seems to happen about 10 secs into the recording i did try adjusting position of it maybe if i put a little soft sponge around mic would this help or where can i get one for the smaller headset mics?
many thanks again

kate :D
Hello Kate,
I think you will find various pop filters on ebay. Did you try moving the mic off-axis?
Best Regards,
Adrian
Hi Adrian
Yeah i tried it moving it up and down and holding it out to the side and it seems to come in at around every ten secs Into it even if I don't take a breath I might try a digital recorder that I have or get a sock for it and try again
Thanks a million

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Post by adrianstephens » February 21st, 2020, 11:30 am

Katemull wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 9:53 am
adrianstephens wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 7:23 am
Katemull wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 6:44 am
Hi Adrian
Thats great I look forward to doing some recordings and many thanks for the feedback. I did record some other test runs and that popping seems to happen about 10 secs into the recording i did try adjusting position of it maybe if i put a little soft sponge around mic would this help or where can i get one for the smaller headset mics?
many thanks again

kate :D
Hello Kate,
I think you will find various pop filters on ebay. Did you try moving the mic off-axis?
Best Regards,
Adrian
Hi Adrian
Yeah i tried it moving it up and down and holding it out to the side and it seems to come in at around every ten secs Into it even if I don't take a breath I might try a digital recorder that I have or get a sock for it and try again
Thanks a million
This is weird, Kate. If it comes around every 10s or so, it sounds like something that a pop filter will not fix.
Perhaps borrow another mic and see what happens?
Best Regards,
Adrian
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by Algy Pug » February 21st, 2020, 8:44 pm

Hi Kate

I see that Adrian has already provided a thorough critique of your test recording.

You have a lovely voice, and I would certainly like to hear more of it.

I used a Sennheiser Headset for a while some years ago (model was P146 which has long been discontinued), and found that there was a persistent problem with breathiness and plosives. Also, because the capsule is so small, the sound from a headset microphone often lacks depth.

People who do a lot of recording usually end up upgrading to a stand alone microphone.

You may be interested the following projects which feature a wide variety of recording devices.

https://librivox.org/microphone-showdown-i-wandered-lonely-as-a-cloud-by-william-wordsworth/

https://librivox.org/microphone-showdown-3-by-various/

Cheers
Algy Pug

My Librivox page

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Katemull
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Post by Katemull » February 22nd, 2020, 7:31 am

Algy Pug wrote:
February 21st, 2020, 8:44 pm
Hi Kate

I see that Adrian has already provided a thorough critique of your test recording.

You have a lovely voice, and I would certainly like to hear more of it.

I used a Sennheiser Headset for a while some years ago (model was P146 which has long been discontinued), and found that there was a persistent problem with breathiness and plosives. Also, because the capsule is so small, the sound from a headset microphone often lacks depth.

People who do a lot of recording usually end up upgrading to a stand alone microphone.

You may be interested the following projects which feature a wide variety of recording devices.

https://librivox.org/microphone-showdown-i-wandered-lonely-as-a-cloud-by-william-wordsworth/

https://librivox.org/microphone-showdown-3-by-various/

Cheers
Hi algy pug
Thank you for your positive feedback and i will look into the link you sent . My husband had got me the Sennheiser headset at Xmas but I guess. You are right mic is quite small and picks up every little puff and puff sound . Are there any good stand alone mics I use Lenovo laptop I also have a zoom recorder but I find the sound is quite tinny
I will look at the links and thanks again for you feedback
Kind regards
Kate

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Post by Algy Pug » February 22nd, 2020, 7:57 am

Hi Kate

If you upgrade to a stand alone microphone, you will still be able to use the Sennheiser headset for listening to your audio.

The most obvious upgrade would be to a USB microphone. The three which I recommend are:

Audio Technica AT2020USB+

Rode NT USB

Blue Yeti Nano

The nano has the advantage of including a solid stand in the kit.

For a while, I recorded on a Zoom H4N handheld recorder for a while, but found it rather noisy and the sound was quite harsh.

Regards
Algy Pug

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