Guide for Proof-listeners


What is Proof-listening?

Before recordings are made available to the public, someone listens to them to ensure there are not large pauses, repeated lines or major errors.  This is called proof-listening (PL). The proof-listener also ensures that the technical specifications are correct (saved as .mp3, correct bit-rate)

How to Proof-listen

First you need to find a track to proof-listen. Then you listen. Then you give feedback.

How to find a track for Proof-listening

New recordings needing proof-listening are announced on the Audio Tipitaka Proof-listening Google Group.

Our proof listening message board is which is an open google groups forum, anyone can post. All pending recordings in need of proof listening or in progress, that have not been released yet, will be pinned to the top of the message board. Unpinned messages are threads of recordings that have been released.

You do not need to join the group to read the messages or post, but joining the group will allow your messages to be posted more quickly.
Readers will include a link to their recording for you to download, tell you where to find the original text and what sort of feedback is being requested if it is more than the standard level.

What are you checking for in a Proof-listen for a sutta?

  • As you're listening to the sutta, read along with the text (provided in the link on the proof listening request message). Since we are reading the word of the Buddha, it's important to do a word perfect proof listen, to ensure that there is no accidental misrepresentation of the doctrine. 
  • There should be approximately one second of silence before the reader starts and five seconds after the reader is finished.
  • There should not be repetitions of the same exact text that the editor had intended to edit out.
  • If you believe a Pali word has been pronounced incorrectly or you think the text of the translation has been changed beyond what is necessary to convert it to the spoken word.
  • The file extension should be .mp3
  • The bitrate should be 128. Right click on the file and select "Properties" to see this

What are you NOT listening for?

At Audio Tipitaka, we want everyone with a voice to contribute. People are going to have a wide range of reading styles ranging from very expressive to rather flat. Everyone is welcome. What is enjoyable to listen to for one person will not be for another.

Therefore, unless the reader requests it, matters of style should not be reported, such as "Needs more feeling," or "Too fast" etc.

Proof listeners notes

As you are listening, write down the time that the error occurred. For example:

2:34 Very long pause
3:01 Phrase "At that time" is repeated

When you are done listening

After you have listened, post a reply to the message that requested the Proof-listening.

find original message to reply to

It is important to reply to the original message (or a message that is a reply within that thread) rather than creating a new thread. The reader is subscribed to the thread to get email notifications, and they will not know you PL'd their recording if you start a new topic thread.The reply can be done either through email, or posting directly on the groups discussion page.

Also, replying to the message instead of posting a new one keeps things organized.

subscribe to the thread

if you want to get email notifications when the reader and anyone else posts a response to the thread. This can be done by finding a message in the thread at and select the subscribe option near the bottom right of the page. 
or join the audtip_pl@googlegroups and get email for all posts to the group.
or manually check on the thread periodically for new posts.

"passing" the PL process

once the audio file has passed, post a message announcing it "passed". Your job is done, and a BC will post a response announcing they are going to release it. If no BC comes along to claim it for release within a couple of days, please contact someone at