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Post by GrainneC » August 15th, 2019, 3:35 am

Hey, hey,

I am Grainne. I did the one minute test on Audacity with a Microsoft Word operating system and a USB mic. Let me know what you think :)

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Post by kathrinee » August 16th, 2019, 12:08 pm

Welcome to LibriVox!

Well done sorting out the technical specs for the test! :D

I have two suggestions for improvement:
I'd use the noise reduction tool once on the recording to reduce any background noise. If your Audacity version is similar to mine, these steps might help: Select a few seconds of background noise only (no speech) and click Effect | Noise Reduction | Get Profile. Then select the whole recording (Ctrl+A), click Effect | Noise Reduction again, and use settings:

Noise Reduction: 10 dB
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency smoothing (bands) 6

and click OK.

The second thing is to watch that the volume doesn't get any softer. It is ca 86dB in the test. We aim for 89dB, but accept recordings between 86 and 91dB. It can be adjusted with the input volume or after a recording is done (Effect > Amplify).

Please have a go, upload the test again and post again in this thread. You'll be recording for real soon! :thumbs:

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