Hi BookWorm30 -BookWorm30 wrote: ↑November 26th, 2023, 7:13 pm Here's chapter 19 (7:52)
Chapter 19 is close but it needs a couple fixes to meet the LibriVox specifications:
1) The opening silence should never be more than 1 second, and many readers edit their chapters so there is about 1/2 second of silence before the first word. Your opening silence is about 5.5 seconds, so 4.5 to 5.0 seconds should be removed from the very beginning of the chapter.
2) On the other hand, the closing silence should be at least 5 seconds (but not a lot more), so you'll need to add something close to 4 seconds of silence to the end. I can hear a distinct click at the end - that is likely you clicking your mouse to stop the recording. You could edit that click away before you add silence to the end.
And something to consider in future chapters:
There are several places in your recording where the signal reaches the maximum signal the digital signal can record (that's zero dB on the meter). Audacity has an option that helps you find such extra loud parts of a recording. In the 'View' pull down menu you'll find a 'Show Clipping (on/off)' option - if you click that the screen will highlight spots where the signal reaches zero in bright red.
If you see red (equals "clipping") while you are recording some of the loudest spots have reached the limit for a tiny fraction of a second. To prevent that, lower the record level slider a bit.
If your overall volume ends up too quiet to meet the LibriVox spec you might need to use the Audacity "Compressor" effect - perhaps starting with "Threshold:" set to -15 dB and "Ratio:" set to 1.5:1 with the other controls left at the default settings - those settings will gently lower the volume of spots where your recording are within 15 dB of the absolute limit. After that you should be able to amplify the whole track enough to get in the desired volume range.
Please fix the beginning and ending silence lengths and upload your chapter again with the same file name. Chapter 19 should then pass prooflisten.