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After sitting out last year, I settled on one of my own fics for this year's Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology

Title: It was a living...
Author: [personal profile] kdheart
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Characters: Julia
Rating: T
Summary: Between a kiss on the cheek and a 2am phone call, Julia had a lot to wait and a lot to think about. She wasn't good at either.
Length: 4:56min
Right-click > save as: MP3 || 4.5MB
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Title: Mr Sandman (Bring Me A Dream)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] the_technicolor_whiscash
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Jurassic Park
Characters/Pairings: Alan Grant/Ian Malcolm/Ellie Sattler
Rating: G
Summary: Ian, Alan, and Ellie need to give a lecture in a small college town in California. Unfortunately, hotel reservations got screwed up, resulting in one incredibly small hotel room. Ian decides to take full advantage of the situation.
Length: 14:04min
Right-click > save as: MP3 || 9.7MB
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Title: Hearts
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] kitausuret
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Venom (comics)
Characters/Pairings: Eddie Brock/Flash Thompson/Venom
Rating: T
Warning: Amazing Spider-Man #800 fix-it
Summary: On a rainy, cursed night when the Red Goblin tore through New York City, he left carnage in his wake. In a moment of impulse, Eddie Brock allowed his symbiote to go with Spider-Man to try and defeat Osborn as one, teaming up with Agent Anti-Venom, Flash Thompson. And so he waited on the Stark Industries rooftop with Mary Jane Watson, but the one who returned with Venom... was not who he expected.

Or: There's a lot of air to clear, but almost dying can certainly give a man some perspective.

A companion piece to No Free Ride to Valhalla
Length: 15:23min
Right-click > save as: MP3 || 70.3MB
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Title: No Free Ride to Valhalla
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] kitausuret
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Venom (comics)
Characters/Pairings: Past Valkyrie/Flash Thompson, Flash Thompson&Venom Symbiote
Rating: G
Warning: Amazing Spider-Man #800 fix-it
Summary: Having fallen at the hands of the Red Goblin, the monstrosity that is the deadly combination of Norman Osborn and the Carnage Symbiote, Flash Thompson (AKA Agent Anti-Venom) lies dying on a rooftop.

A certain old flame of his, though, refuses to accept that.
Length: 8:29min
Right-click > save as: MP3 || 70.3MB
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Title: Like Glass
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] entanglednow
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Supernatural
Characters/Pairings: Sam/Gabriel
Rating: M
Warning: dark themes, blood
Summary: Sam wakes up on the bathroom floor.
Length: 1:42h
Right-click > save as: MP3 || 70.3MB
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If you're particularly annoyed by mouth noises in your recording and you really, really want to get rid of them and you have enough patience to go through it by hand, the Repair effect is your best friend in Audacity. I suggest assigning it a keyboard shortcut or using Ctrl+R (repeat last effect used) a lot.
You find it in the Effects menu, under the Built-in section/the first part of the menu (depending on how you have it displayed). Myself, I've made Alt+Z my shortcut for it, because it's easier to remember along with Ctrl+Z for Undo.

I marked a few spots with noticeable mouth noise

When the noise is outside of a word, it's pretty simple to delete it - just do a fade in/out to whatever's next to it to make sure it doesn't sound jarring. Also, Repair helps here, too. Just apply it over the ends that are now joined.

When the noise happens on a letter, it gets a bit tricky and deleting tends to cause more problems.
You'll need to zoom in.

You can only apply the Repair effect over very short segments, so you'll have to go bit by bit until the wave is fixed. (Up to 128 samples or a few thousandths of a second - if you select too much, it will give you an error alert and do nothing, don't worry)

It doesn't always work perfectly, but it can get quite addictive (I have spent half an hour removing two seconds of phone interference from two minutes of recording - I was drunk on power and didn't care it would have been simpler to just rerecord).

You can also use it to turn an R into an L if you ever need that or, in a more practical application, to fix clipped sound waves.

Here's the portion of recording I used for the example. It's the same 17s first with mouth noise and then cleaned up

Also, pressing Alt while using the Draw Tool will give you a Brush Tool which you can also use to smooth out glitches and mouth noises in your recording, unfortunately, since the cursor doesn't appear in screenshots, I have no images for that.
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Title: Quest System Logs
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Mendeia
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Rating: Gen
Summary: In a family of computer scientists, hackers, and gamers, certain hilarity is inevitable. This is just one collection of the notes/emails, hacks to IRIS's verbal command protocols, requisition requests, and QuestWorld cheat codes that can be found on the Quest system.
Length: 11:42min
Right-click > save as, or left-click to play: MP3 || 8.12MB
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Title: strictly literal
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sixthlight
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Rivers of London
Characters/Pairings: Peter Grant/Beverly Brook, Thomas Nightingale
Rating: Gen
Summary: In which driving a particular Ferrari is not a metaphor for anything. At all.
Varvara's perspective on the finale of Broken Homes.
Length: 14:03min
Right-click > save as, or left-click to play: MP3 || 9.76MB

Recorded for [personal profile] lattice_frames for #ITPE2018
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Quick post, bc it's come up and it's something that took me a few weeks to figure out: How to manage sibilants without a de-esser plug-in in Audacity.

The short answer: use Plot Spectrum to find the loudest frequency and then tone it down using Notch Filter. Set Q to around 5-7 for best results.
Slightly longer answer with pictures:

Select the portion of audio that you want to de-ess. Go to Analyze and click on Plot Spectrum (I suggest adding a shortcut for this function if you need it often - which is how I managed to completely forget what it was called or where exactly in the menu to find it before I made these screencaps)

It will give you something like this, except the peaks should stand out more
Hover your mouse over it and it will show you the peak frequency

then use that in Notch Filter (love of my editing life!)

If you use 1 for Qq, it will cut out that frequency entirely. Use 5-7 to tone it down, 2-4 if you need to be more drastic.
It also works on lower frequencies, if you have a weird rumble that you can't remove with noise reduction or it's higher than 100Hz and a high pass filter would affect your sound quality too much

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Since I’m probably never going to actually write this, I give you the podficcer!Darcy Avengers AU (as twitted at [personal profile] kalakirya  a long time ago)

Darcy is a podficcer and Jane writes fic and they’ve known each other’s work since before they met
And Jane is into Stargate and Xena and a bunch of older fandoms. She ran into Darcy when she recorded one of Jane’s old faves
But Darcy mostly does Iron Man RPF and Jane’s not too keen on RPF… But it’s mostly crack and Stark made *himself* into a character, so…
She eventually lets her guard down and  doesn’t care if they’re RPF or M-rated anymore - it’s usually for language anyway
And Darcy does a fucking awesome Tony Stark! She loves the one about the Bunny Invasion of California
And she lets her guard down and listens to Darcy read while she’s busy in the lab… Until that one podfic…
It’s so hot and well written and her colleagues poke fun of how crimson she turned for weeks
Eventually, when she’s going over the applicants for the position of intern she notices this Political Science major
And there’s something very familiar and comforting about her… It takes a while to realize it’s the voice
It doesn’t actually click until they’re in the middle of the desert and Darcy’s very loudly complaining about coffee in the other room

The cracky Iron Man fics were written by Coulson as therapy every time Tony got on his nerves. He’s really fond of the bunny podfic
The explicit one was Pepper’s. Tony discovered fan fic while googling himself and kept making Jarvis read it to her
Then he ran into podfic and was very pleased with Darcy’s impression of him. So Pepper wrote one to see what happens
It made for a very interesting bedroom experience and led to Tony’s decision to adopt Darcy if he ever found her.

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Considering how hard it is to find stuff on Tumblr even on a good day and how everything is going to shit over there, the only thing I posted on there that I hadn't crossposted anywhere sensible were the plotbunnies/not!fics

I'll start with the Thor/Welcome to Night Vale crossover not!fic that I threw at 

[personal profile] sarshi  after The Dark World came out. I'm probably never going to write this, but if anyone wants to, be my guest :D


Basically, Darcy is the voice of Night Vale, completely unfazed by the weirdness of the town. She’s survived her internship at the station and is now going through interns at the usual rate… except one. He turned up one day - literally fell out of the sky, but it’s Night Vale, so it didn’t really surprise anyone - and they haven’t lost him since. His name is Loki and he is tall, dark and handsome, with a surprisingly British accent for someone who claims to be not of this world, but who is Darcy to argue? Also, he might have some plans to take over the world, but haven’t we all gone through this phase at one point in our lives? 

So, yeah… Loki is that one intern that doesn’t die, and Darcy’s cool with it. They’ve lost enough already and it’s nice to have some eye candy around the station :D

Also, there’s a new scientist in town. Her name is Jane, she’s an astrophysicist and she is perfect from her hair, tied in a simple and practical pony tail (I mean, someone that smart shouldn’t really concern herself with such lowly things as fancy hairdos!), to the tip of her tows, wearing very sensible sports shoes (all the better to run from the municipally mandated yeti invasion on Saturday). And Darcy wants to ask her out, but she just turns into a puddle of inarticulate mush when she’s around her, so she just goes on and on about her perfection over the radio, certain that Jane is too busy to listen anyway.

And Darcy is definitely *not* taking advice from Loki on this. The last time she did, she ended up accidentally going out with STEVE CARLSBURG (yes, I’m keeping him and I have no idea how his name is supposed to be spelled) and no one wants a repeat of that. No one. 

There’s also a new man wondering aimlessly around town. A tall, blond man. Very well built. *Very*. Apparently he’s the reason Jane came into town, before she got distracted by Night Vale’s Night Vale-niess. And Loki’s been acting strange since he wondered into town as well. 

You know what? Darcy’s had enough of this. She’s asking Jane out for coffee and whatever happens, happens. And she’s setting Loki up with this Thor guy. He’s kind of cute, once you get past the ‘everyone around her is obsessing over him’ part and she’d rather lose an intern because he eloped, than because Station Management ate him.

And now, the weather :)

Oh! Oh! Listeners! Jane is even cuter once you get to talk actual words to her! And she loves coffee and much as Darcy! And she’s agreed to a second date! (well, a first one, since this wasn’t technically a *date* date) 

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Title: Support Your Local Vampire
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ataratah
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Blood-Smoke Series by Tanya Huff
Characters/Pairings: Tony Foster/Lee Nicholas, Mike Celluci/Henry Fitzroy/Vicki Nelson
Rating: Teen
Summary: The problem with being woken up at 8 am on a Sunday morning to look at a naked dead guy was that Tony had to wait nearly ten hours before he could ask Henry about it.
Length: 1:13:33min
Right-click > save as, or left-click to play: MP3 || 51MB
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Title: Easy as Breathing
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] JRscribbles
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Venom
Characters/Pairings: Eddie Brock/Venom symbiote
Rating: Teen
Summary: Venom teaches Eddie how to breathe... properly. Short and sweet.
Length: 3:23min
Right-click > save as, or left-click to play: MP3 || 2.39MB
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Title: Untitled Rogue One Tumblr Fic
English podfic: on DW
[tumblr.com profile] vrabia
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Star Wars: Rogue One
Characters/Pairings: Chirrut Îmwe/Baze Malbus
Rating: Teen
În primele luni ale ocupării Jedhei, cât Baze își găsise de lucru pe altă planetă, Chirrut se hotărăște că ar fi interesant să își bată joc de gărzile imperiale, dar nu într-un mod care să-i rănească pe civili
Length: 4:59min
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MP3 || 3:55MB

After "Doar două tragedii", I really wanted to make something in the style of an old-school Irina-Margareta Nistor dub (which means on the fly interpretation of the text). When I suggested this over on Tumblr, vrabia volunteered hear fic for this project, bc what better fandom to do this to than Star Wars? I actually couldn't do it all the way through. I had to write it down and try to make it sound improvised - I have a new respect for what those people did back in the day (I'm grateful I never have to hear another one of their dubs ever again, but i can appreciate just how hard it was for them)
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Title: Doar două tragedii
Original fic: There are only two tragedies
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Translation: [personal profile] kdheart
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Language: Romanian
Fandom: Supernatural
Characters/Pairings: Sam/Gabe/Dean/Cas
Rating: Teen
Summary: E mai bine, scria în bilet. Hei, dacă vreunul din voi, ciudaților, are nevoie de ajutor la vânătoare sau ceva, chemați-mă. Sam, tunde-te. Castiel, nu te mai consuma ca prostul, e mai simplu. Dean, nu intra pe tumblr de dimineață, că unul din tipii pe care îi urmărești va posta spoilere pentru următoarea moarte din Game of Thrones, fără să dea tag. Distracție plăcută! Scuze că v-am irosit timpul.

Gabriel încearcă să fugă în noapte. Pentru că tuturor le-ar fi mai bine fără el, nu?
Length: 11:36min
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Title: in every one, a red balloon

Fandom: Avengers

Author:  RC_McLachlan

Selected By: [personal profile] lucifuge5 

Reader: [personal profile] kdheart 

Edited By: [personal profile] dapatty 

Formatted ByLitra

Pairing: Loki / Tony

Rating: Teen

Length: 33:44


"Is this a crisis?" Tony asks. "Are you having a crisis? This is a crisis-free zone."
Loki jerks his hand. The balloon cheerfully bounces in response. "I am not having a crisis."
"You sure? Because from where I'm standing, it looks like a crisis, and those aren't allowed. They're prohibited. Verboten. Actually, just get out."

Stream and download: AO3
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Title: A Tale of Three Cities
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] nirejseki
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart, [profile] litra, [personal profile] night_inscriber and [personal profile] opalsong
Fandom: The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Barry Allen, Oliver Queen, Leonard Snart, Mick Rory
Rating: Teen
Summary: A reader of the newspapers may notice something unusual going on in headlines in Starling (Star) City, Central City, and Keystone City.
Length: 15:39min
Stream and download: AO3
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xposting from Tumblr where I completely lost this post and reena had to find it for me :|

  Right-click > save as, or left-click to play: sample



@reena-jenkins asked how to make a robot voice (a la Jarvis) in Audacity, so here we go :) I hope that’s close enough. I only used this once and the tutorial I learned it from was for Adobe Audition (surprisingly, the effects there don’t match)

I tried to take as many screencaps as possible, so anyone could follow.



You take your recording and make two more copies of it on separate tracks (just Ctrl+C/Ctrl+P twice in the empty area)


Then select each copy and go into the Effects menu to Change Speed. Increase the speed on one of them and decrease the speed on the other (I went with 1/-1 to keep it comprehensible. It gets distracting if you use more than 3/-3) Play around with the speed ratios until you get the type of robot voice you’re after. (-3/2 sounds pretty cool, but nothing like JARVIS)




Then you select all three tracks (Ctrl+A) and go into the Tracks menu. Click Mix and Render


And, voila!




Dec. 6th, 2018 10:45 pm
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