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Audio Recording Insights

I am slowly recording audio for the lessons. This has to be done both sentence-by-sentence and word-by-word, and I can't use a separate recorder and upload, but have to record straight onto the computer. So it's a bit clunky, and sometimes you can hear my finger on the touchpad as I start and stop the recording.

When I record a token, I can listen to it, and decide if it sounds right, before I save it. I can't even edit out the breath and saliva sounds that are part of speaking. After I click SAVE, Duolingo processes it somehow before you can hear it. The two results of this are 1. if I record or change something, it's not available for you to hear immediately, and 2. Duolingo changes the audio. I believe that if any element of the recording redlines on volume, instead of reducing the volume of just that sound, it quiets the entire recording. That's why I sound softer and less enthusiastic here than I do in person.

My assignment is to record about half the female audio, so you hear Klingon, but won't hear only my voice. My priority so far has been to get the early lessons recorded, so newcomers get to hear the language straight off, but I know some of you have been working on the course for a while and I don't want you to have to do all your lessons in silence. If you have a word or sentence that you'd really like to hear pronounced, I can jump around.

I try to read the discussion forum to find issues you've found with audio, but I'll probably find them faster if you comment directly on this thread.

July 25, 2019

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Niko722246

Thanks so much for your hard work. Audio is incredibly important, especially for tlhingan Hol. I will make sure to report any issues I find here.

August 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/squell

Hi! first of let me say you're going a great job. Audio adds a lot of quality to the course and make learning a lot easier and more fun!

As far as feedback on the audio goes:

"juH qach Dabbe' jupwI'. tengchaH Dab ghaH." - has a loud pop at the beginning (when you say juH)

July 27, 2019

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Hee, that was an extremely enthusiastic juH, but not completely out of the range of acceptable pronunciation. You obviously found it distracting, though, so I've re-recorded.

July 27, 2019

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oh, I appreciate the enthusiasm don't get me wrong. ;) But there was a loud crackling from the volume level spiking which I believe was unintended.

July 28, 2019

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Klingon is a saliva-based language. I need to go clean my monitor now.

August 15, 2019

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It's often frustrating when I've rerecorded a piece of bad audio but it won't update. Keep reporting them, though. We do care about it sounding right for you.

August 25, 2019

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As the summer ends, sunrise has crept back to my recording time, and there's a super-noisy bird in my garden that is arguing with the sun about its territory, or something. Apologies if it ends up in the background. I don't have a soundproof studio.

September 3, 2019

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Rerecorded.

September 5, 2019

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I know that for some exercises the interface does not provide a freewrite report option, or multiple choice options that address your concerns, but please don't pick "Audio does not sound correct" out of frustration. The time I spend trying to figure out what is wrong with it could be spent recording another unit. And if there is something wrong, please come to the forums and say what it is.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

I believe freewrite is only available on Android, but I wish they'd remove it there, too. Too many users seem to think we know what kind of exerise they had or what they tried to answer and thus leave that information out and their report becomes useless.

September 5, 2019

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Highest compliment for my work so far: "I can't stand how much this dude makes nasty spit noises constantly."

If there is no saliva on your monitor, you are not speaking Klingon correctly.

September 13, 2019
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