[COMPLETE] Letters from New Zealand, 1857–1911 - dc

Solo or group recordings that are finished and fully available for listeners
Beeswaxcandle
Posts: 1475
Joined: June 20th, 2022, 1:34 am
Location: Aotearoa

Post by Beeswaxcandle »

Letter 7 uploaded, 34:06
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should"—my first law of life.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

Beeswaxcandle wrote: November 29th, 2023, 11:58 pm Letter 7 uploaded, 34:06
Section 7 ready for spot PL.

At 28:44 "two names who" needs to be "two names of persons who"
Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
Beeswaxcandle
Posts: 1475
Joined: June 20th, 2022, 1:34 am
Location: Aotearoa

Post by Beeswaxcandle »

lightcrystal wrote: November 30th, 2023, 4:51 am
Beeswaxcandle wrote: November 29th, 2023, 11:58 pm Letter 7 uploaded, 34:06
Section 7 ready for spot PL.

At 28:44 "two names who" needs to be "two names of persons who"
updated Section 7

Sections 8 & 9 uploaded also. 37:57 & 17:16
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should"—my first law of life.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

Sections 7, 8, 9 are all PL OK.

BUT I do have to say something about section 9. It has a serious level of background noise; I only note this when it is in my opinion an impediment to the listener's best experience. I often let chair scrapes etc go. But here in section 9:

1. In Checker it's 44 which is borderline passing.
2. There is an electrical noise that at places continues for a long time.

My guess is that it is some type of internal electrical noise. That could be XLR cables with inadequate shielding, buffer overflows [don't ask], or not having the microphone seated in the cable or having it loose in the USB slot if it's a USB microphone. I have marked section 9 as OK. BUT I would strongly suggest doing something here. At the 10:00 minute mark there is a loud example of this electrical noise. If you listen from 10 minutes onward you will soon get to it.

If you want to replace any part of the section please tell me the time point and sentence point where you start and end the edit.

For future recordings maybe you want to check your microphone connections; I could advise more on how to do this if you were to describe your audio set up.
Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
Beeswaxcandle
Posts: 1475
Joined: June 20th, 2022, 1:34 am
Location: Aotearoa

Post by Beeswaxcandle »

lightcrystal wrote: December 2nd, 2023, 8:36 pm Sections 7, 8, 9 are all PL OK.

BUT I do have to say something about section 9. It has a serious level of background noise; I only note this when it is in my opinion an impediment to the listener's best experience. I often let chair scrapes etc go. But here in section 9:

1. In Checker it's 44 which is borderline passing.
2. There is an electrical noise that at places continues for a long time.

My guess is that it is some type of internal electrical noise. That could be XLR cables with inadequate shielding, buffer overflows [don't ask], or not having the microphone seated in the cable or having it loose in the USB slot if it's a USB microphone. I have marked section 9 as OK. BUT I would strongly suggest doing something here. At the 10:00 minute mark there is a loud example of this electrical noise. If you listen from 10 minutes onward you will soon get to it.

If you want to replace any part of the section please tell me the time point and sentence point where you start and end the edit.

For future recordings maybe you want to check your microphone connections; I could advise more on how to do this if you were to describe your audio set up.
I spent considerable time with section 9 before uploading it. To my frustration, it kept refusing to drop below 44, despite my customary method of Loudness Normalisation followed by Noise Reduction on the standard settings. I decided to give in and make sure that the text was okay before playing again.

I've had another go by picking the silence in one of the pauses after 10:00 and using that as the sample for Noise Reduction. It's dropped to 39 in Checker and is sounding a little better, but not at my usual. See what it feels like to you.

I'm using a USB microphone (Marentz Professional suspended on a swivel arm) that plugs into the laptop. If the noise appears again, I'll try swapping the USB port over with the mouse's port. It's the same microphone (and cable) I've been using for 18 months.
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should"—my first law of life.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

I have listened again; I see that you are doing your best. The fact that it is so hard to deal to remove by noise reduction makes me sure that it is some internal electronic noise.

Yes, swapping to another USB port is worth a try. I will put the file in my DAW and have a look at it.

I had a look in Reaper. The section from 10:00 to about 10:05 where there's clear electrical noise looks normal in the wave form. I tried an EQ and that did not help. For what it's worth the loudest point in the whole track is just after 16:16 at -0.4 dB but that part sounds fine. Thus it is not any issue of peaking/clipping.
Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
Beeswaxcandle
Posts: 1475
Joined: June 20th, 2022, 1:34 am
Location: Aotearoa

Post by Beeswaxcandle »

Letters 10 & 11 uploaded. 24:45 & 18:53
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should"—my first law of life.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

Sections 10 and 11 are both PL OK! :thumbs:
Some noise in places but much better than before.
Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
Beeswaxcandle
Posts: 1475
Joined: June 20th, 2022, 1:34 am
Location: Aotearoa

Post by Beeswaxcandle »

Letters 12 & 13 uploaded; 09:51 & 20:01
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should"—my first law of life.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

Section 12 is PL OK! :thumbs:
Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

Section 13 is PL OK.

I tried to find the shipwreck disaster. It seems to be this one on 14 May, 1882.

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/timaru-shipwreck-memorial

A photograph of the two ships breaking loose from their moorings:

https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/7291/the-ben-venue-and-city-of-perth
Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
Beeswaxcandle
Posts: 1475
Joined: June 20th, 2022, 1:34 am
Location: Aotearoa

Post by Beeswaxcandle »

Letters 14 & 15 uploaded. 14:47 & 41:54
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should"—my first law of life.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

Section 14 is PL OK.
Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
lightcrystal
Posts: 1185
Joined: October 22nd, 2021, 10:55 pm
Location: Melbourne with kangaroos

Post by lightcrystal »

Section 15 PL Notes:

11:31 You've said "seating". You need setting

39:54 You've said "evening". It should be afternoon

Suggestions: some electrical buzzing at 19:33 and at 21:18. If you wanted to fix those.
Dedicated, fastidious and thought-provoking proof listener.
Post Reply