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BenPharm
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Post by BenPharm » September 15th, 2020, 9:22 am

I'm using a headset microphone with Audacity.

Here is the raw file with no edits:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_benpharm_raw.mp3

and the edited file:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_benpharm.mp3

I've edited it myself and I'm open to other suggestions
1 Noise cleaning
2 Normalize volume (audacity plugin)
3 Leveling
4 Normalized volume again (replaygain)
5 used the checker > raw file failed, edited passed

Thank you for any feedback

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » September 16th, 2020, 3:42 am

BenPharm wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 9:22 am
I'm using a headset microphone with Audacity.

Here is the raw file with no edits:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_benpharm_raw.mp3

and the edited file:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_benpharm.mp3

I've edited it myself and I'm open to other suggestions
1 Noise cleaning
2 Normalize volume (audacity plugin)
3 Leveling
4 Normalized volume again (replaygain)
5 used the checker > raw file failed, edited passed

Thank you for any feedback
Hello Benjamin,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, good diction and delivery. I had no trouble understanding you.

Congratulations - you meet librivox's technical standards. Proof Listen OK!
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The processing steps you are doing are absolutely typical, and successful. I'm not sure what you meant by levelling.
Most of recording a level volume is actually your skill in performance. When I record something with a lot of dynamic range,
or record where it's going to be spliced into other's parts, I use compression (about 2:1) to provide a more even volume.

Interestingly, you posted the raw file as the processed one and vice versa. Your raw file was also acceptable!
The noise in the raw file was strongly peaked at 100Hz. Noise reduction on this kind of noise is very easy and has minimal
impact on the quality of the speech. It also implies you are in the UK or Japan - which contradicts the accent :0).

Bottom line - whatever you're doing, keep doing it.

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.

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. I recommend starting with short works, such as poetry and dramatic readings.

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
Part 17: Editing using labels https://youtu.be/eM7wcwAL84w
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

BenPharm
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Post by BenPharm » September 16th, 2020, 4:05 am

Adrian,

Wonderful feedback. Thank you so much. It's funny you picked up on my possible location due to the noise. I'm from Chicagoland but I live in Spain, lol. Great observation.

For Levelling: I was following the Audacity tutorials on the LibriVox wiki here:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Audacity_Tutorials
The wiki is out of date (it previously had levelling as a separate effect in Audacity) and you now find "levelling" within the compression effect. I imagine more people will say compression when referring to that effect.

Thanks again and I'm looking forward to getting started!

adrianstephens
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Post by adrianstephens » September 16th, 2020, 4:23 am

BenPharm wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 4:05 am
Adrian,

Wonderful feedback. Thank you so much. It's funny you picked up on my possible location due to the noise. I'm from Chicagoland but I live in Spain, lol. Great observation.

For Levelling: I was following the Audacity tutorials on the LibriVox wiki here:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Audacity_Tutorials
The wiki is out of date (it previously had levelling as a separate effect in Audacity) and you now find "levelling" within the compression effect. I imagine more people will say compression when referring to that effect.

Thanks again and I'm looking forward to getting started!
Hello BenPharm,

Ah, terminology change. The current compression effect must have replaced it. I forgot that more than the UK and Japan used 50Hz. Shows how parochial I am. BTW, I used Analyse/Plot spectrum to find that out. I do at least half my 1-minute test criticism using my eyes, and this is a very useful tool. The other is to switch to and keep in Waveform (dB) (old versions) or Edit/Preferences/Tracks Default Waveform scale: Logarithmic (dB) in the latest Audacity. It enables you to make clean edits and determine the amount of noise.

Best,
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 adrianstephens » September 16th, 2020, 7:52 am

BenPharm wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 4:05 am
Adrian,

Wonderful feedback. Thank you so much. It's funny you picked up on my possible location due to the noise. I'm from Chicagoland but I live in Spain, lol. Great observation.

For Levelling: I was following the Audacity tutorials on the LibriVox wiki here:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Audacity_Tutorials
The wiki is out of date (it previously had levelling as a separate effect in Audacity) and you now find "levelling" within the compression effect. I imagine more people will say compression when referring to that effect.

Thanks again and I'm looking forward to getting started!
Hello BenPharm,

I have additional feedback, courtesy of one of our admins, who writes: "If you zoom in on the raw file waveform when he starts to say "had it been an actual......" (16.5s) you can see the clipping causing the distortion. "

I agree with him, and should have spotted this. You are clipping somewhere, your job is to work out exactly where this is coming from. It could be your mic, or your interface.

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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