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Coopercooper
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Post by Coopercooper » May 19th, 2020, 5:18 pm

Recording with Audacity on Windows using a usb mic.
Thanks!

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

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Post by TriciaG » May 20th, 2020, 3:54 pm

Welcome!

Sounds good! There are some adjustments to make, however:

1) The recording is in stereo. To change all future recordings, go to Edit, Preferences, Devices. Under Recording, change Channels to "1 (Mono)".

2) You have a couple plosives. This is when your breath directly hits the microphone on letters like P, F, or TH. 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. This will help the air pass by the mic instead of directly hitting it.

3) Bit rate is variable; it needs to be 128 constant. 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 Bit Rate mode to Constant, and the quality should be 128 kbps. You should only have to set it once; it'll remember the setting until you change it again.

I'd also 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: https://youtu.be/rvhqw7zBmEo

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

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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Coopercooper
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Post by Coopercooper » May 21st, 2020, 5:28 am

Good morning! Thank you for the notes.

1) I changed to Mono - also also clicked "force to mono" when saving (not sure if this was neccessary).
2) I tried angling the mic more.. hopefully that helped.
3) I set to 128 constant bitrate when saving the file.
4) I applied the noice reduction effect - set to 12.

Please let me know if I've done it correctly this time. If not, I can try again :)

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

Thanks

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Post by TriciaG » May 21st, 2020, 6:23 am

Settings are OK now, but your volume dropped way down.

When doing the noise removal, did you include your voice in the first step? If so, you defined your voice as "noise", so it removed your voice also, dropping the volume down over the whole recording. :) Instead, for the first step where you get the noise profile, only use part of the recording where you're not speaking. The end part is great for this.

You're almost there!
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Post by Coopercooper » May 21st, 2020, 3:54 pm

Nope I didnt include my voice. I just used the end part to create the profile.
I tried it again, and I did notice that when I apply the noise reduction effect, it does drop the volume down overall a little.. so there was not much I could do about that (provided I'm doing it correctly).
Anyway, here it is again. Please let me know what you think. Hopefully third times the charm!

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

Thanks.

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Post by TriciaG » May 21st, 2020, 5:58 pm

And it's the charm!

The volume will drop down a little, yes. But yours before dropped down drastically for some reason. ;)

This is OK. Go forth and record! 8-)
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Post by Coopercooper » May 22nd, 2020, 7:04 am

Haha great! Thanks for all your help

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