Toastpoint: 1-minute test

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Post by toastpoint » March 26th, 2020, 9:22 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_toastpoint.mp3
Done with Audacity (Windows) and a USB mike on a headset. Let me know how it is, thanks!
- Eric

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Post by kathrinee » March 26th, 2020, 1:24 pm

Welcome to LibriVox, Eric, and thank you for the test! :)

You have a really pleasant voice to listen to :thumbs:

Things to edit:
-the volume is a little bit soft. You should aim for your wave forms (not the plosive spikes ;)) to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
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You can amplify in Audcity. 89dB is our aim, and we accept a range in volume from 87 to 91dB or so. The test is about 84dB. To fix in Audacity: Select the whole recording. Click Effect > Amplify and use the setting Amplification 5.

-There is a little bit of background hum in the recording. I recommend passing it through the noise reduction tool in Audacity. 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.
Listen to it after you have tried and see if you like it more. I sometimes do it twice to my recording (these settings I suggested above are gentle).

Please amplify the recording and try reducing the background hum, save, upload and post again in this thread so we can listen again. You're doing well!
Kathrine

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Post by toastpoint » March 29th, 2020, 8:59 am

Thanks, will redo shortly.

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Post by toastpoint » March 29th, 2020, 9:18 am

I've redone the test, it's here.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_toastpoint.mp3

I hope this is better!

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Post by TriciaG » March 30th, 2020, 7:21 am

toastpoint wrote:
March 29th, 2020, 9:18 am
I've redone the test, it's here.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_toastpoint.mp3

I hope this is better!
It doesn't appear that your volume has changed, based on Kathrine's comments above. And if you look at the wave forms on the 2 tests, they haven't changed much from one to the other.

There's a small program the spouse of a LibriVoxer developed to check the tech settings. If you're game, you can download it and use it to check the volume and other settings. It's here: https://cgjennings.ca/projects/checker/
The volume information is in the Information tab. We aim for 89 dB, but anything between about 86 and 92 is good.
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