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Topic: Did You Know There are Literally dozens of "Free" Websites you can Use for Your Writings or Poetry Sites? Here are Just a Few, Contributor, Michael Lee Johnson
Topic: Suggestions For Improving the Quality of Mp3 Audio Files of Your Writings or Poetry
I have found the best form of editing, if you don't pay for editing or have an educated family member or friend, is to get a free recorder off the internet and be forced to speak out loud ever word of your writing or poem-you will see the short comings. I recently received tips for audio recording from:
Geoff Lemon, Going Down Swinging: http://goingdownswinging.org.au/site/#&panel1-2. They accepted 3 of my audio poems with some quality issues. They suggested the following:
Vanessa has suggested that the quality of the sample poem you sent me might be high enough to work for us.
Perhaps if you could try recording the poems we mentioned, using your newer equipment, we can see how that sounds? (I had an old set of speakers that were great but "hissing" and my mic was picking up the sound)
The important thing is to make sure all electrical devices are off if they don't need to be on. If the microphone is sitting close to the speakers, the monitor, or the computer itself, it will likely pick up some background hiss from these devices. Speakers don't need to be on, and perhaps after hitting 'record', you could even switch the monitor off if you think it will interfere.
I think you said you were using a webcam/microphone - perhaps you could detach it from the monitor and position it closer to you as you read?
The best thing to do would be borrow a somewhat better microphone, if you know anyone who has one. Any musician will probably have an SM-58 (the standard stage microphone), or even something better for recording. But if that's not an option, let's try with the equipment that you have.
It would be best to save the files in .wav format rather than .mp3. If using mp3, at least use the highest possible bit-rate.
With the recordings, it would be best for us to have:
A decent pause after the last line.
Don't include your name, or any comments after the last line. We'll present the authors' names as text, not in the audio. Audio should be just the poem itself.
I hope this all sounds ok to you, and that we hear from you soon.
Many thanks, Michael,