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Ldear
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Post by Ldear » February 13th, 2020, 3:08 pm


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Post by adrianstephens » February 14th, 2020, 4:39 am

Ldear wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 3:08 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_ldear.mp3

Audacity, Windows 10, USB mic
Dear Lynda,

You read clearly and well, with one little stumble. That doesn't matter for this test, although you will learn how to edit those out
as you do longer recordings. Proof Listen OK! :thumbs:

You meet the technical requirements of Librivox. However, there are two advisories:

Advisory: there is a DC bias in the recording. This makes it hard to assess the amount of background noise. If you do an Effect/Normalize in Audacity, it can remove the DC bias.

Advisory: There is some barely noticeable background noise. Please consider performing noise cleaning as shown here: https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noise_Cleaning. I recommend making this a part of your editing routine. You'll be surprised how much difference it makes. You can also move closer to the mic, this will make a lot of difference - but watch out for those popping "p"s !

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

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.

Then 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.


Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens

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Post by Ldear » February 14th, 2020, 4:25 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_ldear.mp3

I hope this one is better Adrian.
Thank you for giving it a listen and for your previous advice.
Linda Dearman :D

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Post by adrianstephens » February 15th, 2020, 12:24 am

Ldear wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 4:25 pm
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_ldear.mp3

I hope this one is better Adrian.
Thank you for giving it a listen and for your previous advice.
Linda Dearman :D
Hello Linda,

You addressed those two technical issues well. It's still PL OK. :thumbs:
The noise reduction is a balance. You don't want to be able to hear hiss in
the recording with headphones on. But if you over-do it (too many db, i.e. more than about 12-18 db)
the recording will sound a little distorted.

You might want to privately experiment with balancing these two.


Best Regards,
Adrian

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