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Masonld
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Post by Masonld » December 7th, 2018, 5:34 pm

Hello, Im New. I would like feedback on my recording.

I used Audacity on Windows 10 with a USB mic( Eberry brand if that helps).

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_masonld.mp3

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Post by TriciaG » December 7th, 2018, 6:37 pm

Welcome!

The test checks out on the tech settings. :thumbs:

You have a lot of plosives. This is when your breath directly hits the microphone on letters like P, F, or TH. You can see them in your wave form - they're the spikes on all your P sounds. ;)

Move your microphone a little bit to the side of your mouth if a desktop mic, or a little above or below your mouth if a headset mic. You want the air from your breath to pass by the mic instead of directly hitting it. As someone else said once, you want to point the mic at your mouth, but you do not want to point your mouth at the mic. :)

The second thing I'll mention is that I would suggest some noise reduction to take care of the background white noise. Here are a couple resources:
text instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
video, but with an older version of Audacity so the settings are different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-16 (I suggest about 12 for you)
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency Smoothing: 6

Try it and see if you notice a difference.

OK, so make these adjustments, then post another test. Use the same file name as your previous one, and post in this same thread when it's ready. :)

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Post by Masonld » December 8th, 2018, 6:10 pm

Thanks for the advice. I was holding the pic like it was a regular mic when it sits on my laptop/ i thought it wouldnt be able to pic me up or something :lol:

Here is the updated file. i hope i followed your advice. i reduced some of the noise i believe.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_masonld.mp3
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Post by TriciaG » December 9th, 2018, 6:51 am

No plosives! Except now your recording is too quiet. :lol:

Visually, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
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Make sure the microphone slider in the Audacity window is all the way up.

How far is the microphone from your mouth? I have mine about 2 inches from my mouth, but off to the side at 2:00 (my nose being high noon). 8-)

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Post by Masonld » December 13th, 2018, 4:33 pm

Yes I do have it all the way up to the right. I had it too close at first with the plosive. Then i had it sitting on my laptop. No im back to holding and i had it out about two inches a suggested. I feel that its louder and i hope the noise/static got reduced based on the specs that were suggested.

So hopefully this time is the golden ticket :hmm:

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_masonld.mp3

P.S sorry this wasn't done sooner, I got bogged down with errands. Thank you though

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Post by TriciaG » December 14th, 2018, 6:47 am

Closer, but still not quite loud enough. It is just under our threshold for OK volume

If the mic slider is all the way up, and if you've increased your input volume in Windows already (here's a link to instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Audacity_1-2-3#Volume ), then it could be that your mic is simply not strong enough, and you'll have to amplify all your recordings.

There's a plugin for Audacity that will tell you how much to amplify your recordings.
- Click THIS LINK and save the file to your computer - your desktop or somewhere.
- Then go to the folder in which Audacity is installed (on my computer, it's in C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity) and open the Plug-Ins folder.
- Drag the file you saved into the Plug-Ins folder.
- Start up Audacity and go to Analyze/Manage.
- Find ReplayGain in the list and enable it.
- Now you can highlight your recording, then go to Effects / ReplayGain, and it'll tell you how much to amplify your file.

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Post by Masonld » December 15th, 2018, 4:05 pm

Ok. So the noise reduction worked now i have to tweek the volume correct? :thumbs:

Im going to try what you suggested and i will upload another sample.

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