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Linfootjosh
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Post by Linfootjosh » May 19th, 2020, 5:55 pm

My name is Joshua Linfoot and here is my test ---> https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_linfootjosh.mp3
Software: Windows, Blue Snowball (USB), Audacity.

TriciaG
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Post by TriciaG » May 20th, 2020, 3:57 pm

Welcome!

Sounds good! However, there are some settings to adjust:

1) Your volume is too low. Visually, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
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(Numerically, it needs to come up about 4 dB. You're close to OK on volume, but not quite there.)

Move up the microphone slider in the Audacity window. Also, have you increased your input volume in Windows yet? Here's a link to instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Audacity_1-2-3#Volume

2) Bit rate is variable; it needs to be 128 constant. This is set when you export to MP3. When you go to export, on the screen where you enter the file name for the MP3, change the Bit Rate mode to Constant, and the quality should be 128 kbps. You should only have to set it once; it'll remember the setting until you change it again.

3) You don't provide much time on the recording where you're not speaking or breathing in order for us to check your background noise. I do hear some, I think. You can use Noise Reduction to take care of some of it. Here are a couple resources:
text instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
video: https://youtu.be/rvhqw7zBmEo

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-16 (I suggest about 12 as a good starting point)
Sensitivity: [default]
Frequency Smoothing: [default]

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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Linfootjosh
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Post by Linfootjosh » May 21st, 2020, 5:23 pm

Here is the new recording with some noice reduction and also I had no idea that under export there was a bunch of options for the bit rate hahah.

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

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Post by TriciaG » May 21st, 2020, 6:03 pm

All is good now. You're all set! Go find a group project you're interested in and claim a section or two. 8-)
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Post by Linfootjosh » May 21st, 2020, 8:46 pm

Thankyou!

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