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<b>Reminder: Specifications</b>
 
<b>Reminder: Specifications</b>
# record at sample frequency <b>44.1 kHz</b> at <b>16 bit</b> sample size in <b>mono</b>
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Please make sure that all your recording specifications are correct. If you are not sure, please check here: [[Audacity_1-2-3#Configure | Specs in Audacity]]
# export to mp3 at <b>128Kbps</b> with <b>ID3v2</b> tags for Title, Artist, and Album <br/>(if your test is a Short Works project, look at its top post; if you're doing the 1-Minute Test, Title: Test; Artist: Your Name; Album: Testing Testing)
 
# always plug your mic in before you launch Audacity (otherwise, restart Audacity)
 
# adjust your input level (usually needs to be increased a notch or two)
 
## on a PC: <b>Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices</b> > click the <b>Audio tab: Sound recording Default device</b> - select your microphone from the drop-down menu and click <b>Volume</b>; most folks need to slide the volume higher to about 3/4 or 5/8 mark.
 
## on a Mac: <b>Applications > System Preferences > Sound</b>: select your microphone under <b>"Choose a device for sound input"</b> and slide the <b>"Input volume"</b> up, usually to 3/4 or 5/8 mark.
 
  
 
You should now be ready to record either a 1-minute test or a Short Works poem or somesuch  
 
You should now be ready to record either a 1-minute test or a Short Works poem or somesuch  
* Record something like this (use this or make something up).
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# Record something like this (use this or make something up). <br> &nbsp; &nbsp; "<i>People were pleased to find that Peter Piper had picked a couple pages for fable fans at LibriVox. Thankful that this was Thursday the thirtieth, the Piper anticipated forum fun and a wonderful weekend of recording! This is a test by YOURNAME. Had it been an actual LibriVox contribution, it would have been a Public Domain text, previously published and probably interesting.</i>"  
: "People were pleased to find that Peter Piper had picked a couple pages for fable fans at LibriVox. Thankful that this was Thursday the thirtieth, the Piper anticipated forum fun and a wonderful weekend of recording! This is a test by YOURNAME. Had it been an actual LibriVox contribution, it would have been a Public Domain text, previously published and probably interesting."  
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# When you are done, play it back. Is it too loud? Too soft? Is there background noise? <br> &nbsp; &nbsp; Sometimes, processing the audio file will improve the quality of the recording. There are 2 simple effects that are commonly used: Amplify and Noise Clean. For more information on how to use these effects, please consult the <b>tutorials</b> in the [[Newbie Guide to Recording]].  
* When you are done, play it back. Is it too loud? Too soft? Is there background noise? <br/> Sometimes, processing the audio file will improve the quality of the recording. There are 2 simple effects that are commonly used: Amplify and Noise Clean. For more information on how to use these effects, please consult the <b>tutorials</b>.  
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# Save your file. Call it test_yourforumname.mp3
* Save your file. Call it test_yourforumname.mp3
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# Upload your test file using the LV [http://upload.librivox.org Uploader] (for more info, read [[Newbie_Guide_to_Recording#Uploading| Uploading]].
* Upload your test file using the LV [http://upload.librivox.org Uploader] (for more info, read [[Newbie_Guide_to_Recording#Uploading| Uploading]].
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## Select "tests--tests" from the uploader's MC drop-down list
** select "xx - Non-project files" from the uploader's MC drop-down list
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## Copy the link it provides when the upload is complete, and post it on the forums.
 
 
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and copy the link it provides when the upload is complete  
 
 
# and be sure to get feedback:  
 
# and be sure to get feedback:  
** are the settings correct?  
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## are the settings correct?  
** input volume OK? (too soft? too loud?)  
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## input volume OK? (too soft? too loud?)  
** got plosives? (mic getting wind over it?)  
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## got plosives? (mic getting wind over it?)  
** got hum? buzz? (dc offset?) hiss? (related to input volume and computer's input selection)
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## got hum? buzz? (dc offset?) hiss? (related to input volume and computer's input selection)

Revision as of 00:57, 20 May 2009

At this point, you should have your recording hardware and software set up correctly. If not, please consult the Newbie Guide to Recording.

You should also be comfortable with using your recording software. If not, please consult Audacity 1-2-3.

(There's also some information on using GarageBand elsewhere on our wiki.)

Reminder: Specifications Please make sure that all your recording specifications are correct. If you are not sure, please check here: Specs in Audacity

You should now be ready to record either a 1-minute test or a Short Works poem or somesuch

  1. Record something like this (use this or make something up).
        "People were pleased to find that Peter Piper had picked a couple pages for fable fans at LibriVox. Thankful that this was Thursday the thirtieth, the Piper anticipated forum fun and a wonderful weekend of recording! This is a test by YOURNAME. Had it been an actual LibriVox contribution, it would have been a Public Domain text, previously published and probably interesting."
  2. When you are done, play it back. Is it too loud? Too soft? Is there background noise?
        Sometimes, processing the audio file will improve the quality of the recording. There are 2 simple effects that are commonly used: Amplify and Noise Clean. For more information on how to use these effects, please consult the tutorials in the Newbie Guide to Recording.
  3. Save your file. Call it test_yourforumname.mp3
  4. Upload your test file using the LV Uploader (for more info, read Uploading.
    1. Select "tests--tests" from the uploader's MC drop-down list
    2. Copy the link it provides when the upload is complete, and post it on the forums.
  5. and be sure to get feedback:
    1. are the settings correct?
    2. input volume OK? (too soft? too loud?)
    3. got plosives? (mic getting wind over it?)
    4. got hum? buzz? (dc offset?) hiss? (related to input volume and computer's input selection)