Authors, producers, and narrators have seen a tremendous growth in audiobooks. The author reading his book is more popular than the audiobook. These are some tips for authors to consider when recording their audiobook.
(1) Record the best audio possible
When recording audiobooks of the highest quality, there are many technical requirements that must be met. Recording audio at a location free from unwanted noises can result in the best audio quality. You can record your audio at home, but be aware that noises may affect the quality. This could cause time wastage as you will have to re-record the audio to remove the noise.
High-quality audio is possible only with an audio recorder. There are many microphones on the market, so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. USB microphones are best for recording audiobooks. The Blue Snowball is a great option for those who don’t like to read as much. It records high-quality audio at a very affordable price.
(2) Get ready to record
Recording audio can be difficult. It is important to convey all of your emotions and expressions in your words. Your words will connect with your reader. You must have energy to communicate your thoughts.
These are some things to remember when recording is imminent:
You should schedule sessions at least a week apart if you are introverted and new to the recording industry. Also, make sure your voice is not trembling while speaking. The words and emotion must be clear. To make the reader feel connected to you, you must speak with energy and passion. Each recording session lasts at least 2 hours, so schedule your sessions when you are feeling energetic.
Avoid dairy products before recording. This will ensure that you don’t have anything that could clog your throat or obstruct your speech. Your throat should be clear in order to produce perfect audio. If you have any health issues or are unable to speak, it is best to rest and get better before continuing with your work. Because the recording software demands that your voice be as clear and intense as possible, it is a good idea.
Make sure to bring a snack if you are recording during mealtimes. Do not schedule recording sessions around mealtimes. In case you do have to, bring some snacks. A grumbling stomach can distract from your thoughts and lower your energy when speaking.
When recording, modulation of your breathing is essential. Your stamina can be reduced by holding your breath for longer periods of time while you read longer chapters. To make sure your recording is effective, you should take some classes with professionals.
Do not read pages while recording. Instead, use a tablet or other electronic device to read the pages. The noise from turning pages can cause unwanted effects on your recording. You should also switch your phone to airplane mode, and disconnect any Wi-Fi connections. This can cause a lot of noise that may not be obvious while you are recording.
You might need to modify the writing or record it again after you have started recording. It is recommended to record files or books that are likely to remain static for a longer time. If you record technical stuff, you’ll need to keep it updated every year. If you have to update a smaller portion of the recording, the quality of your voice should match the previous sections. Otherwise, you will need to record it again. It is difficult to update.
ACX files should only contain one chapter. This can help reduce loading times, and you can also re-energize your self by starting a new chapter using a different file. The ACX notes contain text that can be used to add or remove closing credits.
(3) Improve your editing skills to lower the cost of printing.
After the recording is complete, you can begin editing. A poor editing can ruin your recording. Paying a producer to edit your recording can improve the quality of your work, but it will also result in a lower profit. Editing doesn’t have to be done with a paid program. Audacity is a free tool that allows you to edit your files. Here are some tips for editing your recordings on your own:
Clap your hands if you make a mistake while recording. These spikes can be used later to locate the errors. For smoother reading, if you make many mistakes, go back to the beginning of the book and read it again. You may feel tired if you continue reading for long hours. This can lead to more mistakes. Take a break.
You can use Audacity and other compatible editing software free of charge. Cross Fade is used to cut files. Amadeus Pro is an editing program for Mac that offers the ability to auto-fade using Smart Fade. Regular working can lead to wrist pains, and other problems.
There are technical requirements to the ACX. One of these is to add a few seconds worth of Room Tone as a way to indicate where the file begins and ends. These room tones can be recorded separately so that the process is quick and easy.
Audio files of high quality are large. E-mails are not a good option for sending large files over and over again. DropBox is a great way to send edited files. Because larger files load faster onto your computer’s memory. DropBox can be used to send files to Virtual Assistant (VA) or later to the producer.
These are some tips to help you record your next audiobook or to make it your first.