An Audio File Validator for LibriVox Contributions
Checker is a tool that looks for common problems with recordings for LibriVox, a site where volunteers collaborate to make audio books of public domain texts. The Checker tool can save you time by checking your file for common issues before you go to the trouble of uploading it.
To use Checker, drag and drop one or more MP3 files (or a folder or ZIP archive that contains them) onto the Checker window and allow it to analyze them. Once it is done, click on any file to see a report of any issues that were detected. The report will either state that the file "passed" (no problems were detected), or it may list a number of errors or warnings. Errors generally indicate more serious problems that should be fixed before uploading the file. A warning is a less serious problem, or in some cases a potential problem that Checker is not sure about.
The program checks many technical features about your file. It can find problems with file name conventions, metadata (ID3 tags), audio format and MP3 encoding options, volume, and more. Checker has also been designed with extensibility in mind, so other programmers can easily add new tests (or modify the existing ones) in the future.
It does not check the content of the recording: it won't tell you if you've read a word incorrectly or criticize your performance.
Once you have Java 6 or newer installed, you can download Checker and run
it by double clicking the downloaded file.
|Current Release—0.94 May 20, 2013|
|Windows (32-bit Java)||checker-windows-0.94.exe (1.6 MiB)|
|Windows (64-bit Java)||checker-windows-x64-0.94.exe (1.5 MiB)|
|Mac OS X||checker-macos-0.94.dmg (1.8 MiB)|
|Linux/Solaris||checker-unix-0.94.tar.gz (1.6 MiB)|
|Previous Release—0.93 alpha May 11, 2012|
|All Platforms||checker-0.93.zip (0.75 MiB)|
|Previous Release—0.2 alpha January 6, 2009|
|All Platforms||checker-0.2.zip (0.90 MiB)|
To use Checker you will need to have Java 6 or newer installed. See below for more information.
Windows: Download and run the installer as you would any other Windows software. If you get an error message when you try to run the program, you probably don't have Java installed. See below for help. Note that you must download either the 32-bit or 64-bit version, depending on whether you have the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Java installed. If in doubt, try the 64-bit installer. If that doesn't work, try the 32-bit installer.
OS X: Download the disk image (.dmg) file. To open the installer under OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer, you must control-click (or right click) the file and choose Open from the displayed popup menu. Then, click the Open button again in the displayed dialog box. When the disk image opens, double click the enclosed installer and follow the prompts.
Linux/Solaris: Download and unzip the file, then run the checker script to start the application.
Checker was written in the Java language, so it will run on all of the most popular platforms, including Windows, Linux and OS X. It requires Java version 6, or newer.
Things you can do to help out:
Things that will be possible later:
May 20 2013 (0.94)
May 11 2012 (alpha 0.93)
April 1 2012 (alpha 0.9)
January 6 2009 (alpha 0.2)
October 29 2008 (prototype 1)
checker-0.94-src.7z (498 kB)
This program uses the JavaLayer library for decoding MP3 audio and the Jaudiotagger library for parsing ID3 metadata. Both of these are made available under an LGPL license. Source code to both of these libraries is included with the source for Checker.
October 29, 2008 — Updated May 20, 2013