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dlmack13
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Post by dlmack13 » April 18th, 2021, 9:43 pm

Hello! Please see link for my 1 minute test. It was recorded with Audacity on Windows with a USB mic.

Thanks!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_dlmack13.mp3

wib66
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Post by wib66 » April 19th, 2021, 1:18 pm

Hi and welcome to Librivox. Your reading is great there are just some edits needed please. If you are using Audacity you can do the following.

The volume is 85dB which is too low. We aim for between 86-92 dB but ideally we would like it to be at 89 dB.
In Audacity you will also find the option to amplify under 'effects'.
How to amplify in Audacity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_z607awyLw
If you like you can use the checker tool to verify volume and other settings.
https://cgjennings.ca/projects/checker/

In order to amplify it is best to reduce the spikes in your file. To do this follow the video below which is created by Phil Chenevert and is easy to follow. Once you have carried out compression you will then be able to amplify the file to the correct dB.
https://youtu.be/rhvKDCdjaYctch?v=wJ3lOTDsN6c

Also adding in a plug in called replay gain will help you to check your volume in Audacity. The link for the video on how to do this is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Uz900RNos&feature=emb_logo

When you carry out the amplification there is some background noise which detracts from the reading and should be removed please. To do this in Audacity.

Step 1 - Select a piece of background noise
Select a piece of background noise (no speech, breaths or other noises) in your audio.
In Menu click: Effect > Noise Reduction... A dialog will pop up.
Click "Get Noise Profile" The dialog box will close instantly.

Step 2 - Noise Reduction
Press CTRL-A / Command-A to select your complete recording.
In Menu click: Effect > Noise Reduction... again. Note: don't select "Repeat Noise Reduction" -- that instantly applies the default settings; you want to adjust the settings and preview the results before you apply the noise filters.

Set Noise Reduction (dB) to 12
Set sensitivity to 6.00
Set frequency smoothing bands to 3
Choose Noise: Reduce
Click ok

Please could you carry out the edits then upload the file using the same file name. If you need any more help please just ask. Thanks

dlmack13
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Post by dlmack13 » April 19th, 2021, 6:30 pm

Thanks for the feedback. I've tried to implement all the items you requested.
Please review at your convenience.
https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_dlmack13.mp3

wib66
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Post by wib66 » April 20th, 2021, 11:25 am

Hi that is now PL OK and you are good to go and find something you would like to record. Have fun and please ask if you have any questions.

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