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dmcmurdo
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Post by dmcmurdo » August 15th, 2019, 8:14 pm

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

By Duncan McMurdo
Audacity
Windows 10
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Post by TriciaG » August 16th, 2019, 4:45 pm

Welcome!

Your reading itself is great! There are some tech things to work through, however.

1. You have a lot of background noise.

First, try turning off any extra nearby equipment that you don't need - printers, fans, fluorescent lights, etc. If you're using a laptop, try running on battery power instead of being plugged in. See if those things help. Try to eliminate as much noise at its source as you can, before it gets to the microphone. Imagine dead silence (totally dead), then listen to your recording area and figure out what is making sounds that your mic is picking up.

If you have your mic sitting on a hard surface, it might be picking up vibrations. Put a folded towel or piece of foam under the mic stand to absorb these.

After doing that, you could explore Noise Reduction to eliminate some more of the background 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

2. Bit rate is 256 kbps; it needs to be 128. This is set when you export to MP3. When you go to export, on the screen where you enter the file name for the MP3, change the Quality to 128 kbps. You should only have to set it once; it'll remember the setting until you change it again.

Try making 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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dmcmurdo
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Post by dmcmurdo » August 17th, 2019, 2:10 am

Dear TriciaG
Many many thanks for your advice. I will do another test v soon.
Kind regards
Duncan

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Post by dmcmurdo » August 18th, 2019, 8:50 pm

Dear Tricia - Please listen to my second recording; I hope I have manged to reduce the noise level.
Kind regards
Duncan

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

By Duncan McMurdo
Audacity
Windows 10
Blue Yeti USB

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Post by TriciaG » August 19th, 2019, 6:08 am

You're all set. Have fun! 8-)
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Post by dmcmurdo » August 19th, 2019, 7:01 pm

Tricia
Thanks again!
Duncan

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