(Complete) With Links of Steel by Nicholas Carter - lt

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Post by Lynnet » November 18th, 2020, 8:23 am

With Links of Steel by Nicholas Carter ( - ).

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Nick Carter is a fictional detective who first appeared in 1886 in dime store novels. Over the years, different authors, all taking the nom de plume Nicholas Carter, have penned stories featuring "America's greatest detective". In this adventure, Nick and his sidekicks are on the trail of jewel thieves. ( )
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    6. Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (Nicholas Carter) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Carter_(literary_character)
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Post by GeraldAMoe » November 28th, 2020, 12:16 pm

I am a newbie reader. I do not see any way to claim a section, I would like to claim section 1 and get started on it as soon as this weekend
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Post by Lynnet » November 28th, 2020, 12:30 pm

GeraldAMoe wrote:
November 28th, 2020, 12:16 pm
I am a newbie reader. I do not see any way to claim a section, I would like to claim section 1 and get started on it as soon as this weekend
That’s how you claim... just post in the thread for the project you are interested in. I will add you to the catalog (that just needs to be done once) and sign you up for section 1. Please be sure to read the first post and ask if you have questions.

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Post by GeraldAMoe » November 29th, 2020, 7:57 am

I have uploaded chapter 1
the link is
https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/linksofsteel_01_carter_128kb.mp3

I would like to go ahead and claim chapter 2
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Post by Lynnet » November 29th, 2020, 8:01 am

GeraldAMoe wrote:
November 29th, 2020, 7:57 am
I have uploaded chapter 1
the link is
https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/linksofsteel_01_carter_128kb.mp3

I would like to go ahead and claim chapter 2
Thank you. Just one thing: we need the time (length of file) for validation purposes.
I will prooflisten this morning, so be sure to check back for notes.

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Post by GeraldAMoe » November 29th, 2020, 8:32 am

The length of the file I uploaded is 16:05. I will wait to see your comments before starting chapter 2.
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Post by Lynnet » November 29th, 2020, 8:52 am

Chapter 1

Nice, clear, well-paced reading :thumbs:

Just a couple of things that need fixing:

~6:20 stumble "was it... was the messenger" If you are using Audacity, highlight the bad section and use the scissor tool.

DC offset -- it is about 60. 0 is ideal, but the human ear can't detect it until it gets to about 100. This is an optional but easy fix. One of our admins has made a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gze0qOPea1E&feature=youtu.be

There is some background noise and the file would benefit from noise cleaning. I do this routinely on all my files. Sometimes it needs to be done more than once. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvhqw7zBmEo&feature=youtu.be

Volume: it just scrapes through at 86.1dB. The goal is 89 but we accept 86-92dB. Once you have completed the noise cleaning, the volume will probably drop out of the acceptable range and the file will need to be amplified https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_z607awyLw

When you have completed these edits, please re-upload with the same file name.

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Post by GeraldAMoe » November 30th, 2020, 2:40 pm

This is the first time I have ever edited an MP3 file, but I think I have everything corrected.
The new upload link is
https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/linksofsteel_01_carter_128kb.mp3
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Post by Lynnet » November 30th, 2020, 3:30 pm

GeraldAMoe wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 2:40 pm
This is the first time I have ever edited an MP3 file, but I think I have everything corrected.
The new upload link is
https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/linksofsteel_01_carter_128kb.mp3
Thank you. Did you edit in Audacity (or your recording program) then re-export?

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Post by Lynnet » November 30th, 2020, 3:38 pm

Chapter 1 -- almost there :thumbs: but, as I suspected, the volume has dropped below our threshold. If you are unable to amplify by about 5dB, you might need to apply the compressor effect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ3lOTDsN6c

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Post by GeraldAMoe » November 30th, 2020, 3:40 pm

I got audacity and thought I had amplified the file. Is there any way for me to check the volume after I try again?
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Post by Lynnet » November 30th, 2020, 3:47 pm

GeraldAMoe wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 3:40 pm
I got audacity and thought I had amplified the file. Is there any way for me to check the volume after I try again?
Absolutely... I didn't want to overload you with too much information at once 8-) We have our Checker program, which checks for volume, stereo/mono, DC Offset, clipping and other technical issues. It is free, safe and easy to use. https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker

You will see it also tells you about background noise. This isn't something we give a numerical value... it's more a case of if we can hear it. It seems like a value of 24-30 hits the sweet spot, and you may find some newer prooflisteners will go by this number.

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Post by GeraldAMoe » November 30th, 2020, 4:03 pm

The checker doesn't work on my Chromebook (it's kind of limited).
I tried amplifying it again and uploaded the result. The new link is
https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/linksofsteel_01_carter_128kb_(2).mp3

Let me know if it's any better
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Post by GeraldAMoe » November 30th, 2020, 4:15 pm

I found a volume booster ap so if the volume is too low (or too high) let me know by how much and I should be able to adjust it
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Post by Lynnet » November 30th, 2020, 4:23 pm

GeraldAMoe wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 4:03 pm
The checker doesn't work on my Chromebook (it's kind of limited).
I tried amplifying it again and uploaded the result. The new link is
https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/linksofsteel_01_carter_128kb_(2).mp3

Let me know if it's any better
I have adjusted it slightly, so it is now fine. Please note, you should use the same file name -exactly -- each time you upload a file. I have fixed it, so no need to worry now.

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