User:Spiralofhope/1-Minute Test redux

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Article Assumptions

This article was made referencing Audacity 2.0.2.

Microphone Setup

  • Shut down / turn off your computer
  • Plug in your microphone
  • Turn on your computer
  • Position your microphone
    • (Desktop microphone) Take your hand and spread your fingers apart. Point your thumb at your mouth, and your smallest (pinky) finger should be touching or very near the mic.
    • However you position your microphone, a consistent placement and distance is important!

Audacity Settings

  • Edit > Preferences <Control-P>
  • Devices > Channels: 1 (Mono)
  • Quality > Default Sample Format: 16 bit

Audacity Use

Related Articles: Audacity 1-2-3, Editing Audio
  • At the top, click the red circle to begin recording. A new track will appear in the main view.
  • Click the yellow square to stop recording.
  • If you make a mistake and want to start over, you can stop recording then click the small 'X' to the top-left of your audio track.

Speaking Script

5 seconds of sil

Audacity Save

Audacity Export

  1. File > Export
  2. Bottom-right, choose MP3 Files
    • The default options are correct: Constant, 128 kbps, Joint stereo
  3. Choose the folder in which you want to save your file.
  4. Type in the file name.
    • Call it: test_yourforumname - for example test_spiralofhope is for user "spiralofhope".
    • Audacity will automatically add the file's .mp3 extension, so you don't have to.
    • Use all lowercase.
    • DO NOT use spaces.
  5. Click Save. An "Edit Metadata" dialog will open.
  6. You may add "Recorded by (your name)" in the Comments field, and click OK.

This is a short audio clip, so Audacity should complete quickly.


Main article: How to Send Your Recording
There is also a video: How to Upload your 1 Minute Test

1) Visit

2) Log in - Do not use your forum login for the Uploader. Use:


(If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)

3) TODO - Select tests--tests from the uploader's MC drop-down list.

4) When the upload is complete, a link to your file will appear. Copy that link.


After uploading, copy the link to your file.

    • TODO **
and post it (as a reply) in the project thread to let your Book Coordinator know you're done.

Please avoid sending the link to the BC or MC as a Private Message. Folks will use that link to prooflisten your file and later to catalogue your file. When posting the link, remember to include the section number (if you have claimed many sections) and the length in minutes:seconds of your recording.

If this is your first contribution, let the BC know how you would like to be credited on the Catalog page, and your Web site if you would like that with your credit.