[group] The Adventures of Squirrel Fluffytail - philc

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Post by philchenevert » April 16th, 2020, 10:26 am

I did not see your test over in Listeners Wanted but here is some feedback anway:

1) Bit rate needs to be 128 kbs. Yours is set to 256 kbs

2) Your volume is a bit too loud. We aim at around 89 dB and your test track is 94 dB.

Bit rate is simple http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l54FyB3wLpA

To reduce volume just reduce the gain going into your software either with a gain slider or just move further from the microphone a bit.

Please make another test, call it test 2 or something, and upladoad it. Put the link here an I'll check it out ASAP. Fluffy t ail is waiting! :D
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Post by adrianstephens » April 16th, 2020, 10:45 am

pscarinci wrote:
April 16th, 2020, 10:19 am
Thank you! I just uploaded my 1-minute test. Here is the link:

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

pscarinci is fine with me. Let me know if I can get going on Chapter 8!
Hello Paul,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, full of gravel. I had no trouble understanding you.


You need to make a change in order to meet Librivox's technical standards.

FYI, the file name should be all lower-case. This doesn't matter for this test recording, but is a uniform standard for actual recordings.

Required: The file's format is MP3 stereo/mono at 256 kb/s. The specification we use for all MP3 recordings in Librivox is mono 128 kb/s constant bit rate. You can set this on the "save as MP3" dialog in Audacity, and it will persist the next time you do a save.

The file does not end with quiet period of 3-5 seconds. There are technical reasons why this needs to be there.

There is a click at 21.8s. This kind of thing should be edited out.

Please address at least the required technical issue and upload a new version in this forum (so that future book coordinators can find it) viewforum.php?f=21.

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.

Thank you again for participating in Librivox
Adrian Stephens

PS - If you're interested in developing your technique, and have the time to spare, I have recorded a number of YouTube videos on this subject.

Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
Part 1: Installing Audacity https://youtu.be/w_QZ15c4_10
Part 2: Setting the Volume https://youtu.be/-RoWbeJoMKk
Part 3: The Checker Program https://youtu.be/-5szxU8JE7c
Part 4: ReplayGain plugin https://youtu.be/jwmSVJIDeVM
Part 5: Performance and Volume https://youtu.be/WaekYMX519I
Part 6: Microphones looked at https://youtu.be/gcVYx3ZSrfs
Part 7: Microphones listened to https://youtu.be/607ijxEw7mU
Part 8: Noise Reduction Using Audacity https://youtu.be/KsFkmvF-9d0
Part 9: Avoiding Pops https://youtu.be/zPpz1qv0XSk
Part 10: Recording and Marking Mistakes https://youtu.be/G_ceO3YmcM8
Part 11: Editing Marked Speech https://youtu.be/la87iCO7HeI
Part 12: Recording Dramatic Works https://youtu.be/ZuRKu9s9Krw
Part 13: Introduction to the Librivox forum https://youtu.be/ukGUc_Cyr0o
Part 14: Participating in Librivox https://youtu.be/_gCcMGey04E
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
...
Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by pscarinci » April 16th, 2020, 12:37 pm

Thanks for your reply. I believe I've made all the necessary changes here. Please give it a listen and let me know. I've also uploaded to the test thread.

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

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Post by philchenevert » April 16th, 2020, 1:32 pm

pscarinci wrote:
April 16th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Thanks for your reply. I believe I've made all the necessary changes here. Please give it a listen and let me know. I've also uploaded to the test thread.

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/pscarinci_one_minute_test_two.mp3
You have the bit rate just fine and all your other tech specs are right on the button. But your volume has dropped too much; it is now at 77 dB. Sooooo please make yet another test (3), up the volume ormove closer or whatever and give it a shot. I recommend a little program we use call the 'Checker', it gives volume according to what we use. Be patient, it will all work out; your voice is great. :D https://youtu.be/QKVOYsaDoRo
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Post by pscarinci » April 17th, 2020, 9:50 am

Okay, I hope I have it all right now. I have a Mac so the Checker video didn't quite match up. I've just moved the computer to where I think it might be correct.
Here it is:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/pscarinci_one_minute_test_three.mp3

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Post by philchenevert » April 17th, 2020, 9:56 am

pscarinci wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:50 am
Okay, I hope I have it all right now. I have a Mac so the Checker video didn't quite match up. I've just moved the computer to where I think it might be correct.
Here it is:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/pscarinci_one_minute_test_three.mp3
Better, it is now at 83.8 dB. What software do your use to record with? perhaps there is a volume or gain button you could increease? What type of microphone are you using? Are you using the built in mic? Sorry for the difficulty but we really need a nice amount of volume in our recordings. people listen to LibriVox audiobooks in noisy environments like autos and while running. So...... please let me know more about how you record and/ or just move closer to your microphone or use the software to increase volume and try again .... try 4?
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Post by pscarinci » April 17th, 2020, 11:28 am

Alright, I'm giving this one more try. I'm using my computer mic, and I'm in a fairly noisy area. Trying to make it work. Let me know about this one:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/pscarinci_one_minute_test_four.mp3

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Post by philchenevert » April 17th, 2020, 12:56 pm

pscarinci wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 11:28 am
Alright, I'm giving this one more try. I'm using my computer mic, and I'm in a fairly noisy area. Trying to make it work. Let me know about this one:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/pscarinci_one_minute_test_four.mp3
OK, that is excellent volume and your tech specs are fine too. You have the OK to record lots and lots. Boy, if you are using your computer mic and a noisy environment, you can expect great things when you get a USB mic and a quieter place to record. Wish mine were that nice! :thumbs:
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Post by philchenevert » April 18th, 2020, 1:07 pm

Thank you. I will put these files into the magic window for our proof listener to check out. :thumbs:
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Post by julianpratley » April 18th, 2020, 10:05 pm

Hi Paul, just a few PL notes on your recording. First of all, you're missing the standard outro: “end of chapter x”. In addition, chapter 10 is the end of the book so should also have "End of The Adventures of Squirrel Fluffytail, by Delores McKenna" at the end of the recording. You've left 5 seconds of silence at the end of each recording, which is great, but a little too much at the start of chapter 8. We aim for 0.5-1 seconds of silence at the start of recordings. Finally, we aim for 89 dB as a standard volume with anything between 87-91 (or 86-92 depending on who you talk to) being ok. Chapter 9 is ok at 86.6 but just make sure it doesn't go any lower.

If you can add in those outros and trim the silence on chapter 8, then reupload and include the new durations, that would be great. Thanks!
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Post by Nedge » April 19th, 2020, 11:56 am

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Post by philchenevert » April 19th, 2020, 12:03 pm

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Post by julianpratley » April 20th, 2020, 3:13 am

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