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darrin2520
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Post by darrin2520 » February 16th, 2010, 9:16 am

I have just recently learned of librivox and I am thrilled that there is a project like this. I just recently stepped up to the smart phone world (Droid) and found an app that allowed full access to the librivox library. The player on the app is not very good at the moment and so I wanted to see if I could create my own mobile website for access to librivox and ultimately an android app.

I would also like to consider volunteering as a reader potentially. I am an amateur singer and I have some pretty decent audio equipment, but I am not sure that my voice would be considered a classically good voice.

Anyway, I will be lurking and hope to be able to contribute as I can.

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Post by KiltedDragon » February 16th, 2010, 9:25 am

darrin2520 wrote:...but I am not sure that my voice would be considered a classically good voice.
Oh my, many of us would not be here if that were a criteria for recording. :shock:

Take a look around and lurk as much as you like and then jump on in the pool when you are ready. There are many ways to help out. Take a look at the Main Wiki page and read up about volunteering: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Main_Page

Let us know if you have any questions.

Barry :D
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Post by darrin2520 » February 16th, 2010, 10:19 am

Thank you Barry.

I am going to look into that wiki tonight and look further into the recording requirements etc.

Not sure if you know, but I am wondering if it is possible to access the librivox catalog by other means? I would like to develop a mobile web access site, but I would need to either download a catolog index file or submit query requests. Is this possible or allowed?

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Post by kayray » February 16th, 2010, 10:33 am

Please, build whatever you want! Great idea.

Here's our wiki page full of API info -- does that help?

http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/LibriVoxAPI
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Post by darrin2520 » February 16th, 2010, 10:53 am

That helps immensely. That is exactly what I was looking for. This will get me started.

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Post by kayray » February 16th, 2010, 10:54 am

darrin2520 wrote:That helps immensely. That is exactly what I was looking for. This will get me started.
Great! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with :)
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Post by darrin2520 » February 16th, 2010, 7:23 pm

Test recording done and located at:

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/tests/test_darrin2520.mp3

If someone could give it a quick perusal I would appreciate it. I think I may have a bit too much bass in it, but I like the way a little bass sounds in the voice.

My microphone and PA are pretty sensitive and it picks up a bit of white noise. I canceled it, but I am not sure if it is clean enough.

Thanks for any critiques.

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Post by Starlite » February 17th, 2010, 4:23 am

Welcome darrin! I had a listen/look at your test. It is FAR too quiet. Your wav forms should reach between .5 and 1 without touching the tops and bottom of the window.

It is also in stereo and we need mono. Bit and sample rates are good.

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Post by darrin2520 » February 17th, 2010, 10:05 am

Starlite wrote:Welcome darrin! I had a listen/look at your test. It is FAR too quiet. Your wav forms should reach between .5 and 1 without touching the tops and bottom of the window.

It is also in stereo and we need mono. Bit and sample rates are good.

Esther :)
Thank you so much for your comments Esther. I will retry tonight and hopefully get better results. I will post it where it should be in the listeners wanted forum. Sorry, noobie mistake. :oops:

I would appreciate another listen after I post it if you get the chance.

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Post by Starlite » February 17th, 2010, 5:35 pm

This forum is fine. If I don't get to you on the new recording, someone else will! :wink:

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