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GrimsonB
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Post by GrimsonB » February 11th, 2018, 2:30 pm

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

I used Audacity (2.1.0) on Linux 32-bit (the distro is elementaryOS. For practical purposes, it's mostly ubuntu 12)
I do not have a usb mic...I recorded from an ipod s5 and transferred the .m4a files into audacity.

I am willing to buy a cheap mic. I worry a little about the noise floor of my apartment, so I recorded this in my bathroom.

Thanks for reviewing!

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Post by TriciaG » February 13th, 2018, 7:27 am

Welcome!

The tech settings are all A-OK. :thumbs: The sound quality is good!

As it is, it meets our standards for recordings. However, if you want it to sound even better...

You do have some background noise, but it should be easy to clean it up using Noise Reduction. Here are a couple resources:
text instructions: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Noisecleaning_With_Pics
video, but with an older version of Audacity so the settings are different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFSg9o37HMw

My settings are as follows:
Noise reduction: 10-16 (I suggest about 14 for you)
Sensitivity: 6
Frequency Smoothing: 6

I do hear a fair amount of echo in your recording - probably from recording in the bathroom. ;) I wonder if putting a couple towels around would be helpful - hang a couple from the curtain bar or shower door, maybe throw one over the vanity - this is to absorb some of the echo.

Try these adjustments, and post another test in this thread for a second set of ears.

Is the rest of your apartment that noisy? :) I wonder if you'll be comfortable recording for long periods of time in the bathroom. Feel free to try a test in a more comfortable room, and we can see - err, hear - what happens.
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GrimsonB
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Post by GrimsonB » February 13th, 2018, 10:31 pm

Thanks so much for reviewing TriciaG!

I took your advice and hung clothes around my bathroom. I think it sounds less echo-y now.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_grimsonb_with_hanging_fabric.mp3

I also did the noise reduction on my track, and I can hear the difference:
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_grimsonb_with_hanging_fabric_noise_reduction.mp3

The noise floor in my apt is around -55db RMS. The other thing however is that it's inconsistent. A train comes by a mile away with "choo-choo", and that gets picked up.

Please let me know if there is anything else!

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Post by TriciaG » February 14th, 2018, 7:47 am

Tests sound great! I think the one with noise reduction is better, of course. ;)

You're all set!

Ah, trains. We have one, but it doesn't seep into my recordings - it's far enough away. My bane is "performance" mufflers on cars, and motorcycles or heavy trucks in the summer. I pause, sigh, wait until the thing passes, then repeat the sentence the noise so rudely interrupted. :lol:
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Post by GrimsonB » February 14th, 2018, 2:25 pm

Thank you TriciaG!

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