What Was Your First Ever Recording?

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Post by icequeen » August 12th, 2016, 8:00 pm

My first recording ever for LV was Book 3 of Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. That was a fun book!
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Post by commonsparrow3 » August 12th, 2016, 8:16 pm

My first recording was a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. Fortunately, a new group version of this book happened to be in progress when I first joined LV, even though there were already other versions of the same book in the catalogue. As a "newbie", I was a bit overwhelmed at first, unsure where to jump in. It was reassuring to find that I could begin with a chapter of a favorite novel that I knew well. I'm convinced that it's worthwhile for LV to keep doing new versions of familiar favorites, even if they've been done before, just to give "newbies" like me a comfortable place to begin. :)

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Post by TriciaG » August 13th, 2016, 7:17 am

aaronml wrote:Noah Claypole in Oliver Twist. It's not in the catalogue yet though... I had a horrible mic. and I read to slowly. :(
I felt I read too slowly on my first dramatic reading, too. DR's are different than regular readings, for sure!
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Post by aaronml » August 13th, 2016, 8:43 am

Yeah... They really are. I freaked out the first time I did a non-DR... :oops:
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Post by wildemoose » September 3rd, 2016, 7:51 am

My first ever recording was Chapter 23 of this version of Good Wives, catalogued in March 2009:

https://librivox.org/good-wives-by-louisa-may-alcott/

I think it was on some kind of headset mic? I certainly did not have a pop filter yet as you can tell from the first five seconds of the disclaimer. :shock: I think I sound okay (I have a distant memory of reading the whole chapter out loud to myself at least twice before I tried to record!) but the recording quality is a little shocking to my ears now.

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » September 5th, 2016, 1:54 pm

From memory, my first Librivox recording back in 2013 was the historical text group project "Chronicles of Canada". I wonder to this day how close I came to correctly pronouncing the French personal and place names! Commonwealth solidarity and Canadian politeness probably kept the wincing to a minimum. :lol:

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Post by Kangaroo692 » October 21st, 2016, 5:28 pm

Here's mine:
https://librivox.org/wilderness-ways-by-william-j-long/ (sections 0 and 1)

The bad audio quality on Section 0 is a result of using a built-in laptop mic, noise removal way to many times, and I don't know what. Section 1 is slightly better, but not much.

But comparing those to one of my recent sections I think I've gotten a lot better during my 2 years at LV, but I still want to try to get better at some of the aspects of recording. I'm currently operating with just a USB mic (Samson Q1U, as suggested in the wiki) but someday I would like to make a Portable Recording Booth according to the suggestions in the wiki.

My earlier recordings used to make me cringe, but they don't anymore. I've gotten used to listening to them. :)

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Post by J_N » October 28th, 2016, 12:29 pm

I thought it was the chapter I did for "Höhlenkinder im Pfahlbau", but according to the catalogue, the poem for the 5th anniversary collection came first... long, long ago... :shock:

http://www.archive.org/download/5thanniversary_vol1_1008_librivox/5thanniversary_10_fuenfjahreimkerker_jn.mp3

by now, luckily, I have gotten used to my own voice - I really, really disliked all recordings in the beginning. Now, I can cope. :mrgreen:

PS: My first English recording (third all in all) was the weekly poetry "The Pool" by P. L. Dunbar... which I re-recorded so often, I still remember a couple of lines... :roll:

http://www.archive.org/download/pool_1205_librivox/pool_dunbar_jn.mp3
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Post by J_N » October 28th, 2016, 12:35 pm

Btw. it would be funny to have people re-record a couple of sentences from one of their earliest readings and listen to them side by side... :D
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Post by aaronml » October 28th, 2016, 2:53 pm

J_N wrote:Btw. it would be funny to have people re-record a couple of sentences from one of their earliest readings and listen to them side by side... :D
That would be a great idea! :mrgreen: Should we upload them under "bloopers"?
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Post by TriciaG » October 28th, 2016, 2:56 pm

No, that's for bloopers. ;)

I'd say under XX-Nonproject. But name it something like firstrecording_username.mp3, so we can know what they are and not accidentally delete them. :)
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Post by aaronml » October 28th, 2016, 3:44 pm

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Post by TriciaG » October 28th, 2016, 4:14 pm

Hmm, best to put them in the same file. We will have no clue what Noah_Claypole_Chapter_V.mp3 is. :lol:

(We ARE in off-topic.)
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Post by aaronml » October 28th, 2016, 5:31 pm

What do you mean?
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Post by tovarisch » October 28th, 2016, 5:52 pm

My first LV recording (aside from the 1-minute test, which BTW I still have) was a poem in the multilingual collection 007, here is the beginning of it:
https://librivox.org/uploads/xx-nonproject/tovarisch_first_20sec.mp3
Oh how stiff I was (or is it "rigid") :roll: :oops: :D ...
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  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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