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johnchollar
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Post by johnchollar » May 22nd, 2020, 8:24 am

Posting my 1-min test for comment / feedback. Thanks = John
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/Librivox_1_min_John_Hollar.mp3
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John Hollar
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Post by johnchollar » May 22nd, 2020, 8:27 am

PS. I'm using Audacity for Mac OS Catalina and a Fifine microphone with a professional pop filter. Sennheiser headset.
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » May 22nd, 2020, 10:10 am

Hi John,

I've deleted your other test thread to avoid duplication. Your test has the correct technical settings. However, I wonder where you recorded this. It sounds like it was in a large space or one with a high ceiling resulting in some echo and that a group of people are talking in the background. Sort of sounds like you are in a restaurant. You will need to try and find a place to record that is quieter and preferably a little smaller area if possible. It is hard to remove conversation from the background after the fact and the echo caused by the sound bouncing off high ceiling or large spaces is also difficult to fix. Please try another test, taking the above into consideration. Just post the link to this same thread to keep everything together.
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Post by johnchollar » May 22nd, 2020, 10:12 am

Hi Jo. Thanks for this. Yes, I'm recording in my office which has a high ceiling, and there was a conversation going on in the next room. I can solve for the conversation / background noise very easily. Let me see what I can do to resolve the echo. We're setting up a voiceover / recording environment for other uses now and it's good to know how much echo you heard. Thanks again-- will repost soon.
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Post by johnchollar » May 31st, 2020, 2:09 pm

Hi Jo. I now have a Rush insulated mic box in the office. Has this taken care of the issues?

https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/Hollar_one_min.mp3

Thanks.
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » May 31st, 2020, 2:45 pm

Hi John,

This is much better, but if it were me I would still give it one pass of noise reduction in Audacity with the default settings.

http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning


Also the volume on this test is a little too high (92.7db). We aim for 89 db with an acceptable range of 86-92 db. You can either back off a little on the microphone gain or just deamplify by ~3 db.

You can download the checker program to check your volume after exporting to mp3 and before you upload your file.

https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker

If you prefer you can use the Replay Gain plugin in directly in Audacity to tell you how much your file needs to be amplified to get to 89 db. Instructions here:

https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity


I don't think another test is needed, so I am going to mark this thread OK. Just take the above into consideration for future recordings for LibriVox. Have fun recording something interesting! There are lots of projects to choose from in the various Readers Wanted Fora.
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Post by johnchollar » June 1st, 2020, 8:34 am

Wonderful feedback -- thank you! There's so much to learn about Audicity and all of its tricks ...

I'm looking forward to getting started. Thanks again. = John
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"The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you how it felt." -- E.L. Doctorow

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