ACX-Check

Narrating and Producing Audiobooks.
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Re: ACX-Check

Post by kozikowski » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:29 pm

A note about Mastering. It's a suite of tools. A harmonious grouping. You can't add any, leave any out, or use them out of order.

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No, Effect > Normalize is not the same as Effect> RMS Normalize. You have to install RMS Normalize.

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Re: ACX-Check

Post by Richken71 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:29 pm

Thanks Kos

Appreciate the detailed response ; I've now got a better understanding of how the suite works.

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Re: ACX-Check

Post by steve » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:55 pm

kozikowski wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:29 pm
You have to install RMS Normalize.
Just a quick "heads up". The next release (Audacity 2.4.0) will include an effect that can do RMS Normalizing (and "loudness normalizing"). The new effect will be a "built in" effect rather than a Nyquist effect.
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Re: ACX-Check

Post by Synapse001 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:29 pm

steve wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:55 pm
Just a quick "heads up". The next release (Audacity 2.4.0) will include an effect that can do RMS Normalizing (and "loudness normalizing"). The new effect will be a "built in" effect rather than a Nyquist effect.
Okay, I am drooling for 2.4.0 even more than just getting it to work in Catalina. What is the name of this new effect, since I can't imagine they are going to call it RMS Normalize? (Though I wish they would)
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Re: ACX-Check

Post by steve » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:01 pm

Synapse001 wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:29 pm
What is the name of this new effect
"Loudness Normalization".
The default setting uses "perceived loudness" (as defined by EBU R-128). The alternative choice is plain old "RMS".
For a sneak preview, take a look in the Audacity 2.4.0 alpha manual: https://alphamanual.audacityteam.org/ma ... malization
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Re: ACX-Check

Post by kozikowski » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:17 am

The alternative choice is plain old "RMS".
This would be the plain old RMS that ACX is looking for to accept an audiobook reading, unless they changed something.

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Re: ACX-Check

Post by Neil Darlow » Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:22 pm

kozikowski wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:17 am
This would be the plain old RMS that ACX is looking for to accept an audiobook reading, unless they changed something.
Either would do. I have an external loudness normalization process that I apply with a loudness level of -16LUFS and Dual Mono compensation with a True Peak of -3.5dbTP. This produces a result that passes ACX Check too.

Perhaps the new Audiobook Mastering suite will be:
1) Low roll-off for speech
2) Loudness normaization to -20LUFS
3) Soft Limit to -3.5dB

ATB,
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Re: ACX-Check

Post by Chadillac » Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:30 am

kozikowski wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:23 pm

Audiobook Mastering is not a gift from the angels. If you insist on announcing really quiet for the first few minutes and then really loudly for the next few, On Average you will have a perfect performance. Nobody is going to pass that damage for publication. [Do you mean perfect performance for ACX, but crappy for the audience?}

Reading one book that way would be a career move.

https://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/Tes ... _Clip.html

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I am so new I took on a book that was written by someone whom there english was a second language. A lot of english grammar mixups. So you saying that killed my career before even getting started? I am so new and just trying to trudge out auditions on ACX. And learn audacity too. I did your 10 second sample, may I get some feedback at your convenience (to anyone that cares to help a newbie out). THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME! :mrgreen: :D :)
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Re: ACX-Check

Post by Chadillac » Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:58 am

If anyone could guide me where to find the Nyquist plug-in 'RMS Normalize' that would be super awesome? I looked on the nyquist wiki to no avail. I even used Ctrl+F

https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyqu ... t_Plug-ins

Thank you,
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Re: ACX-Check

Post by kozikowski » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:23 am

Nothing wrong with that. I applied the three mastering tools in order.

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This is the copy I've been using.

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What work are you planning on reading? I can hear a Mark Twain novel in that voice. Are you going to read your own work?

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