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Post by adrianstephens » May 11th, 2020, 2:30 am

Hello Drew,

Please upload an mp3 file, not zipped.
If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.
Thanks,
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Post by DrewStarmer » May 13th, 2020, 7:48 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
May 11th, 2020, 2:30 am
Hello Drew,

Please upload an mp3 file, not zipped.
If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.
Thanks,
Adrian Stephens

Adrian, how does this work?

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_Minute_Test_DrewStarmer_-_5:13:20,_10.41_PM_.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » May 13th, 2020, 10:24 pm

DrewStarmer wrote:
May 13th, 2020, 7:48 pm

Adrian, how does this work?

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_Minute_Test_DrewStarmer_-_5:13:20,_10.41_PM_.mp3
[/quote]

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

You need to make a change in order to meet Librivox's technical standards.

FYI, the file name should be all lower-case. This doesn't matter for this test recording, but is a uniform standard for actual recordings.

Required: The file's format is MP3 stereo at 192 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: on a recording proper, you would edit out the heavy breathing sounds at the end.

Advisory: There is a noticeable 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 issue 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 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 for participating in Librivox,
Adrian Stephens

PS - If you're interested in developing your technique, and have the time to spare there's a whole bunch of informative YouTube videos.
Our excellent admin Phil has recorded a lot of highly accessible videos (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos).

I have also recorded a number of YouTube videos on this subject, longer (and thereby going into more detail) than Phil's.

Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
Part 1: Installing Audacity https://youtu.be/w_QZ15c4_10
Part 2: Setting the Volume https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk
Part 3: The Checker Program https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM
Part 5: Performance and Volume https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I
Part 6: Microphones looked at https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs
Part 7: Microphones listened to https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0
Part 9: Avoiding Pops https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o
Part 14: Participating in Librivox https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM
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 DrewStarmer » May 16th, 2020, 10:02 am

Much appreciated Adrian! I'm familiar with GarageBand but I'm getting the impression things would be easier if I got Audacity. Would you agree?

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Post by DrewStarmer » May 16th, 2020, 10:08 am

adrianstephens wrote:
May 13th, 2020, 10:24 pm
DrewStarmer wrote:
May 13th, 2020, 7:48 pm

Adrian, how does this work?

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_Minute_Test_DrewStarmer_-_5:13:20,_10.41_PM_.mp3
Hello Drew,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

You need to make a change in order to meet Librivox's technical standards.

FYI, the file name should be all lower-case. This doesn't matter for this test recording, but is a uniform standard for actual recordings.

Required: The file's format is MP3 stereo at 192 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: on a recording proper, you would edit out the heavy breathing sounds at the end.

Advisory: There is a noticeable 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 issue 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 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 for participating in Librivox,
Adrian Stephens

PS - If you're interested in developing your technique, and have the time to spare there's a whole bunch of informative YouTube videos.
Our excellent admin Phil has recorded a lot of highly accessible videos (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Instructional_Videos).

I have also recorded a number of YouTube videos on this subject, longer (and thereby going into more detail) than Phil's.

Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
Part 1: Installing Audacity https://youtu.be/w_QZ15c4_10
Part 2: Setting the Volume https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk
Part 3: The Checker Program https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM
Part 5: Performance and Volume https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I
Part 6: Microphones looked at https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs
Part 7: Microphones listened to https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0
Part 9: Avoiding Pops https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o
Part 14: Participating in Librivox https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E
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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I believe this fixed the kb/s issue.

Drew

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Post by adrianstephens » May 16th, 2020, 10:10 am

DrewStarmer wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:08 am

I believe this fixed the kb/s issue.

Drew
Hello Drew,
No link. Please post the link. Thanks.
Best Regards,
Adrian
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...
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 DrewStarmer » May 16th, 2020, 10:38 am

adrianstephens wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:10 am
DrewStarmer wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:08 am

I believe this fixed the kb/s issue.

Drew
Hello Drew,
No link. Please post the link. Thanks.
Best Regards,
Adrian
WHOOPSIE
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_drewstarmer_-_5:16:20,_1.04_PM_.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » May 16th, 2020, 10:53 pm

DrewStarmer wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:38 am
adrianstephens wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:10 am
DrewStarmer wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:08 am

I believe this fixed the kb/s issue.

Drew
Hello Drew,
No link. Please post the link. Thanks.
Best Regards,
Adrian
WHOOPSIE
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_drewstarmer_-_5:16:20,_1.04_PM_.mp3
Hello Drew,
Yes, it fixed the kbs issue, but not the stereo issue. Please re-upload as a mono file.
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 DrewStarmer » May 17th, 2020, 2:03 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:53 pm
DrewStarmer wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:38 am
adrianstephens wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:10 am


Hello Drew,
No link. Please post the link. Thanks.
Best Regards,
Adrian
WHOOPSIE
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_drewstarmer_-_5:16:20,_1.04_PM_.mp3
Hello Drew,
Yes, it fixed the kbs issue, but not the stereo issue. Please re-upload as a mono file.
Best Regards,
Adrian
Is this fixed?

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_Minute_Test_DrewStarmer_-_5:17:20,_4.58_PM_.mp3

Drew

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Post by adrianstephens » May 17th, 2020, 10:46 pm

No, this is still stereo. Did you post the right link? When you do an upload you will get an url to the file on the uploader page.
Right click on that link and do a "copy link". Then paste that in the forum post. The fact that you've got a date and time in the
upload link tells me its a pointer to a previous version of the file.

Best Regards,
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...
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 DrewStarmer » May 21st, 2020, 1:42 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
May 17th, 2020, 10:46 pm
No, this is still stereo. Did you post the right link? When you do an upload you will get an url to the file on the uploader page.
Right click on that link and do a "copy link". Then paste that in the forum post. The fact that you've got a date and time in the
upload link tells me its a pointer to a previous version of the file.

Best Regards,
Adrian Stephens
Okay this is my last attempt exporting this GarageBand track before I give up and rerecord one with Audacity. I don't know why it's exporting the track in stereo when it was recorded in mono. Don't know how to fix it.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_drewstarmer_-_5:21:20,_4.37_PM_.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » May 21st, 2020, 9:56 pm

DrewStarmer wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 1:42 pm
adrianstephens wrote:
May 17th, 2020, 10:46 pm
No, this is still stereo. Did you post the right link? When you do an upload you will get an url to the file on the uploader page.
Right click on that link and do a "copy link". Then paste that in the forum post. The fact that you've got a date and time in the
upload link tells me its a pointer to a previous version of the file.

Best Regards,
Adrian Stephens
Okay this is my last attempt exporting this GarageBand track before I give up and rerecord one with Audacity. I don't know why it's exporting the track in stereo when it was recorded in mono. Don't know how to fix it.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_drewstarmer_-_5:21:20,_4.37_PM_.mp3
Hello Drew,

I'm afraid this is also in stereo. Please also see my comment about the URL. The one with a datestamp embedded is an archive copy - not the latest you uploaded.
In the next link, please make sure that the URL you post does not include the timestamp information. See above for details.

Best Regards,
Adrian
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...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
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Post by TriciaG » May 23rd, 2020, 6:07 am

Okay this is my last attempt exporting this GarageBand track before I give up and rerecord one with Audacity. I don't know why it's exporting the track in stereo when it was recorded in mono. Don't know how to fix it.
GarageBand is a pain in the rump when it comes to getting the bit rate and mono/stereo thing correct at the same time. If this page doesn't help, then yes - go with Audacity. :)
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Post by DrewStarmer » May 23rd, 2020, 12:24 pm

adrianstephens wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 9:56 pm
DrewStarmer wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 1:42 pm
adrianstephens wrote:
May 17th, 2020, 10:46 pm


No, this is still stereo. Did you post the right link? When you do an upload you will get an url to the file on the uploader page.
Right click on that link and do a "copy link". Then paste that in the forum post. The fact that you've got a date and time in the
upload link tells me its a pointer to a previous version of the file.

Best Regards,
Adrian Stephens
Okay this is my last attempt exporting this GarageBand track before I give up and rerecord one with Audacity. I don't know why it's exporting the track in stereo when it was recorded in mono. Don't know how to fix it.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test_drewstarmer_-_5:21:20,_4.37_PM_.mp3
Hello Drew,

I'm afraid this is also in stereo. Please also see my comment about the URL. The one with a datestamp embedded is an archive copy - not the latest you uploaded.
In the next link, please make sure that the URL you post does not include the timestamp information. See above for details.

Best Regards,
Adrian
Okay Adrian, this should do it.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_min_test_mono.mp3

No timestamp in future links, got ya. Thanks for working with me.

Drew

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