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jenlibrivox21
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Post by jenlibrivox21 » February 26th, 2021, 5:29 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jenlibrivox21.mp3

Software: Audacity
Windows 10
USB mic

Thanks so much!
Jen S.

wib66
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Post by wib66 » February 27th, 2021, 1:16 am

All the technical aspects are good you just need to keep an eye on the plosives.

You also have quite a lot of plosive noise. This is that "windy" noise you can hear from time to time in the recording. It happens as your breath blows into the microphone. What you can (and should, I think) do is to move the microphone itself so that it's either up near your nose, or down by your chin, but NOT directly in front of your mouth. It'll still be plenty close enough to pick up all of your words, but not in the direct path of your breath blowing past it.
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

jenlibrivox21
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Post by jenlibrivox21 » February 27th, 2021, 5:06 am

Good morning & thanks for checking out my test recording!
I made the edits you suggested below. Can you let me know how it sounds now? I am eager to get started on recordings!
Thanks-
Jen

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jenlibrivox21.mp3
Software: Audacity
Windows 10
USB mic

wib66
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Post by wib66 » February 27th, 2021, 5:11 am

Hi the plosives are all gone now which is great. However the volume is now too low please carry out the following.

The volume is 77dB 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/

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

Please could you carry out these edits and reupload using the same filename if you need any help please let me know.

jenlibrivox21
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Post by jenlibrivox21 » March 1st, 2021, 8:44 pm

Hi Michele- I adjusted the volume using Amplify in Audacity. I think I've got it right. Please let me know though! Thank you-

https://librivox.org/uploads/tests/test_jenlibrivox21.mp3

Audacity software
Windows 10
USB mic

wib66
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Post by wib66 » March 2nd, 2021, 2:00 am

Nearly there it is at 85dB so if you could amplify another 3 or 4 dB that would be great thanks

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