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saumyamadhan
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Post by saumyamadhan » April 5th, 2020, 3:58 pm

Hello, I've recorded my one minute test using audacity on my macbook. I used the mic that comes with wired apple headphones so I'm not sure if the sound quality is the best. Please let me know if this type of mic is unusable for recording or if there is anything else I need to change. Thanks!!
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_saumyamadhan.mp3

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Post by adrianstephens » April 6th, 2020, 2:39 am

saumyamadhan wrote:
April 5th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Hello, I've recorded my one minute test using audacity on my macbook. I used the mic that comes with wired apple headphones so I'm not sure if the sound quality is the best. Please let me know if this type of mic is unusable for recording or if there is anything else I need to change. Thanks!!
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_saumyamadhan.mp3
Hello Saumyamadhan,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
The microphone quality is certainly good enough for Librivox. There's a little bit of room echo, but I'm being hypercritical here, and it's not something you need to worry about.

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

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono at variable 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.

Required: The volume is too low. You can download the checker program (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker) which you can use to check the volume against the expected range. This recording was 76 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Please address the required technical issues and upload a new version. If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.


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

saumyamadhan
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Post by saumyamadhan » April 6th, 2020, 6:59 am

Hello, I made those changes and the test passed the checker program without warnings. Please let me know if there's any other adjustments I should make. Thanks!!
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test2_saumyamadhan.mp3
adrianstephens wrote:
April 6th, 2020, 2:39 am
saumyamadhan wrote:
April 5th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Hello, I've recorded my one minute test using audacity on my macbook. I used the mic that comes with wired apple headphones so I'm not sure if the sound quality is the best. Please let me know if this type of mic is unusable for recording or if there is anything else I need to change. Thanks!!
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_saumyamadhan.mp3
Hello Saumyamadhan,
Welcome to librivox. You have a nice clear voice, I had no trouble understanding you.
The microphone quality is certainly good enough for Librivox. There's a little bit of room echo, but I'm being hypercritical here, and it's not something you need to worry about.

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

Required: The file's format is MP3 mono at variable 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.

Required: The volume is too low. You can download the checker program (https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker) which you can use to check the volume against the expected range. This recording was 76 dB, and the normal range is 86-92 dB.

Please address the required technical issues and upload a new version. If you quote this message in your reply, I'll get a notification and will go in and re-check.


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

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Post by kathrinee » April 7th, 2020, 11:46 am

You've got it! This test is perfectly PL OK, so you can head over to the Readers Wanted forums to claim something that looks interesting to you :thumbs: Have fun!
Kathrine

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Post by saumyamadhan » April 7th, 2020, 7:18 pm

Thanks!!

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