FAQ Section, let's Record

Guidelines and FAQs For Let’s Record : 2022

2] Instructions to record


2(a) Which app can you use:

For recording purposes, use any MP3 sound recorder app on your mobile eg. voice recorder, Dolby, or any other audio app that suits you.

MP3 Recorder for phone

If you are recording on a computer/laptop, we suggest you use the Audacity app.

(Use Audacity if you’re recording on a laptop)

When you are saving the recording, please avoid saving in M4A, MP4, AAC, WAV, 3GP, etc. formats. Use “ONLY” .MP3 format.

If your file is showing as .m4a or .mp4 or anything else, please try to convert it online before uploading it. There are online websites (and applications) to convert it. In case you have any problem while converting, watch some videos on YouTube on “How to convert audio to MP3 format” or you can take guidance from other team members.


FAQ: Why MP3 Format?
Answer: A file with .MP3 format can be played on all devices. So, when visually impaired students try to play the audio file, they don’t face any additional problems.


2(b) What to avoid when recording:

It is humane to err when trying something new. We can totally understand if you’re recording a book for the first time, however, we request you to avoid fumbling (example, “umm”, “uhh”, “er”). i.e, Avoid stuttering as well as long, blank pauses.

SUGGESTION: Always take a glance before you hit the record button. Familiarize yourself with the long sentences. If you have difficulty with new words, you can check their pronunciations on the internet. If you realize that you’ve said something wrong, state it right there in the recording.

NOTE: We completely understand that many of us here are not a professional reader/recorder. It’s alright to commit some mistakes if not many. Even the blind students get this. But if we are just a little mindful, we can create a recording that they can enjoy listening to. After all, aren’t we recording books for them?


2(c) Before you begin recording:

Prior to recording the book, choose a quiet place where you can sit without any distractions. Let there be No or minimal background noise. Make sure that your voice is properly audible in the recording.

Now that you’ve chosen the place, it’s time to record the book. We usually suggest to our volunteers that instead of starting with the recording right away, you can divide the book into sections so that you can record in different audio files. Each audio file can be of 40 to 50 minutes, so one can divide the book accordingly. Once you’ve divided the book, you can keep a daily recording target and complete the book in a specific number of days.

For example, if someone is recording a 200-page novel of 20 chapters, and if two chapters make one audio file of roughly 45 minutes, then you can divide the book accordingly. You can finish one audio file in one day. This way, you’ll understand how many days it’ll take for you to complete the recording and convey the same to the coordinators.

If you’re wondering why you should do this, then let us answer that question. It will help you in creating a timetable for yourself and will help in completing your target easily. You won’t have to run around at the last hour.


OTHER IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER:

  • All assigned study material recordings needs to be submitted before the deadline. If you aren’t able to do it, Please inform the team. Because The Visually Impaired students needs to listen the study materials for, say his exams or assignments, it is obvious that we cannot keep the person waiting.
  • Prefer the language you are proficient in reading and speaking. This way, even if you don’t know the content, you can read the book without facing any major issues.
  • Read the text as given in the book. Please avoid changing any words or sentence structures.
  • If you are recording any poetry book, pick the book in the language you are good at. Poetry has a certain rhythm, which can be maintained by the person with good command over the language. Also, if you’ve never read poetry before, familiarize yourself with the subject matter before you record. This way, you can prevent offbeat recording of poems.
  • The pace of the recording can be slower than your usual reading or talking speed, but it must not be faster in any cases.

To get an idea about how to record, check out these Sample Recordings.

[English / Hindi] 1. Wings of fire by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Recorded By Deepalakshmi Iyer.


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