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Ctait
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Post by Ctait » October 14th, 2020, 7:46 pm

Hello,

Here is my test:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test-2.mp3

Recorded using Audacity on Windows 10 with a USB mic. I ran the checker over it.

Thank you for your time,
C

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Post by adrianstephens » October 15th, 2020, 2:01 am

Ctait wrote:
October 14th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Hello,

Here is my test:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test-2.mp3

Recorded using Audacity on Windows 10 with a USB mic. I ran the checker over it.

Thank you for your time,
C
Hello Calista,

Welcome to librivox. Thank you for participating here.  It’s always great to meet new readers.
You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.

Congratulations - you meet librivox’s technical standards. Proof Listen OK!

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You can stop reading here and get on with recording. I have additional comments that you can read if you want to develop your technique.

Advisory: Your spoken volume varies significantly between the loud and soft parts.  This degree of variability can create problems: 1) in editing dramatic readings,  getting the various parts to a consistent level;  2) if a listener is listening in a noisy environment (e.g., a car),  they might not be able to hear the quiet parts.

There are two things you can do to address this:  1)  practice speaking at a more constant level.  You can put expression into the voice (quality, timbre, pitch) without needing excessive volume.   2) use Audacity Effects / Compression.  I typically use a compression factor of 2 on my readings when they need it.

Advisory: You are on the edge of making “pops” in the “P” sounds or breathing into the microphone.

There are some different ways to fix this: 1) move away from the microphone or position in the microphone to the side of your face; or 2) get a “pop” filter in front of your microphone. At its worst, a “pop” maxes out the recording, and you can do nothing after the recording to fix it. If you have a “gentle pop” that is just a minor irritant, often you can apply a high pass filter (from the Effects menu) at about 75Hz, and this will make it far less noticeable.


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.

If you want to upload a new version and quote this message in your reply, I’ll get a notification and will go in and re-check.

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, again, 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](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](https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU)
Part 1: Installing Audacity [https://youtu.be/w\_QZ15c4\_10](https://youtu.be/w_QZ15c4_10)
Part 2: Setting the Volume [https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk](https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk)
Part 3: The Checker Program [https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c](https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c)
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin [https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM](https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM)
Part 5: Performance and Volume [https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I](https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I)
Part 6: Microphones looked at [https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs](https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs)
Part 7: Microphones listened to [https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU](https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU)
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity [https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0](https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0)
Part 9: Avoiding Pops [https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk](https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk)
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes [https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8](https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8)
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech [https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI](https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI)
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works [https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw](https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw)
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum [https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o](https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o)
Part 14: Participating in Librivox [https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E](https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E)
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) [https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo](https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo)
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) [https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM](https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM)
Part 17: Editing using labels [https://youtu.be/eM7wcwAL84w](https://youtu.be/eM7wcwAL84w)
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
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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

Ctait
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Post by Ctait » October 15th, 2020, 7:36 am

Thank you for the feedback. I am already using a pop filter on this recording. I'll try to be a little further away and be more consistent with my volume and do some post processing on other projects I do.

Thank you again.

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