LibreSonus

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What is this?

LibreSonus is a Project founded to give more people access to quality audio books while curating a collection of some of the best authors and books possible from the public domain. Each book is recorded by a volunteer or team of volunteers, and each recording is in the public domain thus being free to access by the public. If you’re interested in volunteering, read the guidelines below.


Guidelines

Community

This project is founded on Christian principles as seen in the Bible. All of these guidelines stem from that. If you find that a problem, then this probably isn’t a good place for you. This applies to the project and recording guidelines as well.

These guidelines mostly concern the forums and chats, but also include any projects, recordings, or activity on the site.

  1. Do not post anything in the forums or chats that is not honoring to God. Philippians 4:8 is an excellent standard.
  2. Do not post pictures that you would not be okay with a young child seeing.
  3. Swearing is not allowed, not even starred out.
  4. Be respectful to other members, especially when you disagree with them.
  5. If someone asks for tips and feedback/critiques on their reading, be considerate. Use a compliment sandwich: one thing they did well, one thing they could work on, one thing they did well. Be genuine with your compliments though.
  6. If you have concerns about how a user is acting please send a message to an admin.
    • (Current Admins: Trie)

If at any point the admins see that a user has violated these terms they will asses the offence and offer warnings or a ban accordingly. Three warnings will result in a ban.

Projects

This group was founded to give more people free access to good quality literature recorded by volunteers in audio form. And to glorify God while doing so. As such, when picking a project there are a few things to consider:

  • The book must be in the public domain, always check if it is.
  • The admins can refuse a project should they see that it would violate the goals of this group. (I doubt this will happen. -Trie)

Ask:

  1. Does the message of the book glorify God?
    • Again, Philippians 4:8 is a good reference.
  2. Does it have some educational value? (a.k.a. is it true?)
    • Some classics such as Shakespeare may not always have Christian themes, but they can teach about different time periods and be used to study human nature.
    • However a book could teach something, even a Christian theme and openly glorify violence, making it not the best choice
    • If unsure whether the content is appropriate, please talk to an admin.
  3. Does it exhibit good quality writing?
  4. Are you willing to spend hours on this project?
  5. Do you have a copy of it? Either a unabridged physical book or a virtual copy? Check if you can get it from Project Gutenburg.

Keep In Mind:

  • The recording guidelines.
  • You’ll either have to find an original synopsis or write a basic summary of the story to go with the final recording.
  • When doing a group recording, makes sure you have a leader who can keep everyone on track and accountable to finish things.
  • When you are done a full project, contact an admin to organize making it available to listeners.

Recording

These are not rules as much as goals. 😛

  • Reading should be paced and clear.
  • Consistency is key. Try to pick one room to record in and one mic for the entire project. Especially in an individual part, it should sound the same.
    • If in doubt, create a sample recording, record all factors (editing, place, equipment, ect.)
  • No sounds effects or music please. Unless the material is a play then it should not be dramatized. (Having people voice characters.)
    • The exception to music is a short clip that is purely musical at the beginning and ending of tracks. This music must be in the public domain or made by the reader.
  • Chapters should be separate tracks. At the beginning of each project and track, say some variation of the following things.
    • Name of project and author
    • Declare that the recording is in the public domain and part of the LibreSonus Project.
    • Name of reader (what ever name you want to go by)
  • Finished files should be exported in an MP3 format.
  • If you have any questions about something, please contact an Admin.

Questions?