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AricReed
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Post by AricReed » February 16th, 2021, 5:28 pm

Hi,

Here's my 1 minute test. It was recorded using a SamsonQ2U on Audacity, with windows 10. Any feedback would be appreciated!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1-minute_test.mp3

silverquill
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Post by silverquill » February 17th, 2021, 9:27 am

AricReed wrote:
February 16th, 2021, 5:28 pm
Hi,

Here's my 1 minute test. It was recorded using a SamsonQ2U on Audacity, with windows 10. Any feedback would be appreciated!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1-minute_test.mp3
Very nice reading, and you have a great recording voice. :thumbs:

Jut a couple of technical issues.

1). The bit rate and quality are incorrect.

When you go to "Export as .mp3," at the bottom set the Bit Rate Mode to "Constant" Then select 128kbs from the Quality drop down menu. (Once these are set they will "stick" for subsequent sessions).

2). The volume is too high at 92.6 dB. Our target is 89 dB with an acceptable range of 86-91 dB. You can adjust this using the Amplify tool in the Effect menu in Audacity.

Optional: This recording would be improved by some light Noise Reduction

After you make these adjustments, please upload another file and post the link here again so we can check it.

Once you get the tech stuff all set, you can relax and enjoy your reading. :(

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Here are two programs that I use to adjust the volume of recordings:

1. CHECKER
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker

This little program was written specifically for LibriVox, and is very easy to use.
Just drag your file to the Checker window, and it will quickly check it for all LibriVox specifications and give you a report.

One of the measurements is the volume in decibels. Use the Amplify feature under the Effect menu in Audacity to adjust the volume, by setting the value to plus or minus to bring the recording close to the LV target of 89 dB.

2. ReplayGain
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Measuring_Volume_within_Audacity

This article will introduce you to ReplayGain, which is a plugin specifically for Audacity. There is a link to download it and a link to a tutorial on how to use it. Once installed, it is easy to use. Depending on your version of Audacity, it will appear either in the Analyze menu or the Effects menu. ReplayGain can be selected to analyze the recording, giving a reading of how many decibels, plus or minus, that the recording is off from the target. It is then easy to use the Audacity Amplify feature to make the adjustment before exporting the file.
Last edited by silverquill on February 17th, 2021, 10:38 am, edited 1 time in total.
~ Larry

AricReed
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Post by AricReed » February 17th, 2021, 10:10 am

Thank you Larry! I appreciate your help! I'm excited to get started!

silverquill
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Post by silverquill » February 17th, 2021, 10:40 am

AricReed wrote:
February 17th, 2021, 10:10 am
Thank you Larry! I appreciate your help! I'm excited to get started!
Sorry for the bad link. I've edited it above, but try this
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Checker
~ Larry

AricReed
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Post by AricReed » February 18th, 2021, 10:12 am

Got the OK from Checker on this one!

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/1_minute_test1.mp3

wib66
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Post by wib66 » March 2nd, 2021, 12:14 pm

Hi this 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 need any help.

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