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danbrz
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Post by danbrz » August 1st, 2020, 2:20 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/prelimtestlibrivoxdanbrz.mp3 0.94 KB
Windows / Audacity
recording by, Dandelion Breeze
this is a FIRST RECORDING SUBMIT
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Post by Rapunzelina » August 4th, 2020, 11:45 am

Thanks for sending that in, and congrats on your first recording, even if it's just a test! :D
Your speaking is amazing, so if anything, you're a great orator! Which probably makes for a great reader/narrator I would assume, but that remains to be seen! Or heard :mrgreen:

You got tech specs correct. My one comment is about the volume which is a bit softer than desired.
I would suggest, since you are using Audacity, to apply the Normalize effect (menu Effects -> Normalize), check "Normalize maximum amplitude" and put it -4 for the dB value. (you can leave the rest options as default). Then click OK and see your waveform increasing in size, in volume! Export again and upload here to check once more, to make sure it works. You can use the Normalize effect on all recordings to bring up your volume if needed.

By the way, this is the guide for the one minute test (which is not actually one minute, except if you read really reaaaaally slow :) You can do that instead, if you'd like, to check if you have any popping Ps, or hissing Fs, etc https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=1-Minute_Test

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Post by danbrz » August 15th, 2020, 1:44 pm

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Post by Rapunzelina » August 15th, 2020, 6:53 pm

That's nice!

There are other ways also to amplify a recording, like the Effect Amplify. So the more accustomed you get to Audacity the more tricks you'll learn :D

If you're up to it, optionally you could use either one of the tools that help you measure your volume and guide you by how much to amplify/deamplify if needed (target volume is 89dB). One is the Checker, more information here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker This measures the volume of your exported mp3 file. Another one is a plug-in for Audacity, the ReplayGain, more information here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity This tells you by how much to amplify (or deamplify if a negative number) within Audacity, before you export.

You're good to go! Browse the forum for projects that interest you to get involved. Have fun!

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Post by danbrz » August 17th, 2020, 8:50 am

thank you.!
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