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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Record your audiobook, instructions and tips for success

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Recording an audiobook for Audible involves several steps. Let’s break it down:

  1. Choose Your Book:

    • Select the book you want to turn into an audiobook. Ensure it’s properly edited and formatted for audio.
  2. Narration Decision:

    • Decide whether you’ll narrate the book yourself or hire a professional narrator.
    • Consider the tone, pacing, and style of narration that best suits the book.
  3. Pre-Production:

    • Create an audiobook script based on your book.
    • Prepare your voice for recording.
    • Set up your home studio and treat the environment for optimal sound quality.
    • Position your microphone correctly.
    • If you’re new to audiobook narration, plan on a couple of weeks or more for this phase.
  4. Production:

    • Record your audio files. This is the actual narration phase.
    • Ensure high-quality recording and minimize background noise.
  5. Post-Production:

    • Edit your audio files to remove mistakes, pauses, and any unwanted sounds.
    • Proofread the narration for accuracy.
    • Master the audio to achieve consistent volume levels.
  6. Upload to Audible/ACX:

    • Audible and ACX are both Amazon companies.
    • Upload your finished audiobook to ACX, which will make it available on Audible for listeners.

Remember, creating your own audiobook allows fans to connect with you personally, and it’s a great way to reach a wider audience. Happy recording! πŸŽ™️πŸ“š

For more detailed guidance, you can refer to this complete guide on recording audiobooks for Audible1.

To record an audiobook, you’ll need the right equipment to ensure high-quality audio. Let’s break down the essential items:

  1. Microphone:

    • great microphone is crucial for excellent sound quality. It significantly impacts the final audiobook.
    • USB microphones are more affordable and suitable for tighter budgets:
      • HyperX QuadCast USB Mic (around $100) achieves excellent results in this price range.
      • MAONO USB Mic Kit ($59) and TONOR USB Microphone ($52) are other options.
    • If you have a larger budget, consider a professional XLR microphone paired with an audio interface:
      • Shure SM7B ($499) is fantastic for vocals.
      • MAONO XLR Condenser Mic ($64), Shure SM58 ($100), and Rode NT1-A ($200) are also good choices.
  2. Audio Interface (if not using a USB mic):

    • Audio interfaces capture the microphone input and convert it into a digital file.
    • Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface ($119) and PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 With Ableton Lite ($99) are budget-friendly options.
    • For better recording quality, consider the UA Volt 276 USB ($150).
  3. Audio Software (DAW):

    • You’ll need a digital audio workstation (DAW) to record and edit audio on your computer.
    • Free options like Audacity or Reaper work well.
    • Popular paid choices include Logic ProAbleton Live, and Pro Tools.
  4. Acoustic Equipment:

    • To achieve the best vocal recording, invest in soundproofing and acoustic treatment:
      • Set up your recording space in a quiet room.
      • Use soundproofing materials to minimize external noise.
      • Consider acoustic panels to improve sound quality.
  5. Mic Stand (if needed):

    • A sturdy mic stand ensures stability during recording.
  6. iPad/Screen:

    • Use an iPad or screen to read from your audiobook script.
  7. PC:

    • You’ll need a computer to run your DAW and manage your audiobook files.

Remember, understanding the recording process and maximizing quality are equally important. Happy recording! πŸŽ™️πŸ“š

For more details and gear recommendations, check out this complete guide on recording audiobooks for Audible1.

Creating an acoustically optimized recording space is crucial for achieving high-quality audio when recording an audiobook. Let’s dive into the steps to set up your acoustic recording environment:

  1. Choose the Right Room:

    • Select a room that is quiet, free from distractions, and has good acoustics.
    • Avoid small spaces, noisy areas, and rooms with unsuitable flooring (such as carpeted floors).
    • Opt for a room with hard flooring (concrete, tile, or hardwood) to improve sound quality.
  2. Soundproofing:

    • If your room isn’t perfectly silent, consider some degree of soundproofing.
    • Identify noise sources (cars, neighbors, plumbing, etc.) and choose the quietest room.
    • Use acoustic treatments like hanging blankets or foam panels on walls to minimize external noise.
    • Lay down an area rug instead of wall-to-wall carpeting to avoid excessive foot noise.
  3. Acoustic Treatment:

    • Enhance the room’s acoustics by adding sound-absorbing and diffusing elements.
    • Consider the following:
      • Acoustic panels: Place them strategically on walls to reduce reflections.
      • Bass traps: Install in corners to control low-frequency sound.
      • Diffusers: Scatter sound waves to create a balanced acoustic environment.
      • Bookshelves, curtains, and upholstered furniture also help.
  4. Microphone Placement:

    • Position your microphone correctly:
      • Avoid corners and reflective surfaces.
      • Use a pop filter to reduce plosive sounds (like “p” and “b”).
      • Maintain a consistent distance from the mic during recording.
  5. Home Studio Setup:

    • Arrange your workstation:
      • Set up your computer, audio interface, and DAW (digital audio workstation).
      • Ensure proper cable management to avoid clutter.
      • Position your studio monitors for accurate sound monitoring.
  6. Monitor Placement:

    • Place your studio monitors (speakers) at an equilateral triangle with your head.
    • Angle them slightly towards your ears.
    • Avoid placing them directly against walls to prevent bass buildup.
  7. Test and Adjust:

    • Do a test recording to evaluate the room’s acoustics.
    • Listen for any unwanted echoes, reflections, or resonances.
    • Make adjustments as needed based on your test results.

Remember, a well-designed recording room contributes significantly to the overall quality of your audiobook. Take the time to set up your space properly, and you’ll enjoy smoother recording sessions and better results! πŸŽ™️πŸ“š

For more detailed guidance, check out this ultimate guide on home recording studio setup and design1.

When recording an audiobook for Audible, there are several important guidelines to follow. These ensure that your audiobook meets the platform’s quality standards and provides an enjoyable listening experience for your audience. Let’s dive into the key rules:

  1. Quality and Clarity:

    • Your recording should be clear, free from background noise, and professionally produced.
    • Ensure consistent volume levels throughout the audiobook.
  2. Narration Style:

    • Maintain a natural and engaging narration style.
    • Avoid monotone delivery or excessive vocal fluctuations.
  3. Editing and Proofing:

    • Edit your audio files to remove mistakes, long pauses, and any unwanted sounds.
    • Proofread the narration for accuracy (especially if your book contains complex terms or names).
  4. File Format:

    • Audible accepts audio files in uncompressed WAV or AIFF format.
    • Use a sample rate of 44.1 kHz and a bit depth of 16 bits.
  5. Audio Levels:

    • Aim for peak levels between -3 dB and -6 dB.
    • Avoid clipping (distortion caused by excessively high levels).
  6. Metadata:

    • Include accurate metadata such as titleauthor, and copyright information.
    • Add chapter titles and numbers if applicable.
  7. ACX Requirements:

    • If you’re using ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange), follow their specific guidelines for file naming and formatting.
    • ACX provides detailed instructions on how to submit your audiobook.
  8. Rights and Permissions:

    • Ensure you have the necessary rights and permissions to create an audiobook from your written work.
    • Verify that your book is not under any exclusive contracts that prevent audiobook production.
  9. Cover Art:

    • Create or obtain cover art for your audiobook. It should match the cover of your printed or ebook version.
  10. Narrator Information:

    • If you’re narrating the book yourself, provide accurate information about the narrator (you).
    • If you hire a professional narrator, ensure their details are correctly listed.
  11. Distribution Rights:

    • Understand the distribution rights you grant to Audible. Typically, this includes exclusive distribution through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Remember that adhering to these rules ensures a seamless process when uploading your audiobook to Audible or ACX. Happy recording! πŸŽ™️πŸ“š

For more detailed guidance, you can refer to this complete guide on recording audiobooks for Audible1.

Good luck in your new venture.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Throwing Myself in the Deep End with Live Music on TikTok and Facebook Reels


OK, πŸ‘ so I took the plunge yesterday and set up the studio. You can see the first videos which show me checking levels....not that exciting you may say, but it took all day.

If you work in music production you will understand.


The goal is to get really proficient at standing up to play the electric cello and of course spend a summer with experimental electronica and spoken word. One has to start somewhere so a sound check was perfect. Today we will do some scales and arpeggios to warm us up.

I will be in the studio every afternoon of the next 3 months and I cannot wait to get going.

Lots of great stories on the podcasts too, mostly science fiction as I am writing so much of it and it feels great to be finding some historic gems in the archives written by the forefathers of the genre.

Good times ahead. Art and tattooing happens late into the night so I can relax and enjoy the therapy of art.

Today's podcasts are below

Three SF Short Stories by Paul W. Fairman by Paul W. Fairman Scifi Funday #taletellerclub
A scifi week at HQ.
4 Mar, 2024 - 34:08

Three SF Short Stories by Paul W. Fairman by Paul W. Fairman Scifi Sunday #taletellerclub
My chosen book today is read by Kirks Voice...Robots Forever!!!! 

Free Ringtone Song for Joe Biden by Quillmatic Bardinator
Music in Medicine by Sidney Licht CH 13 πŸ™πŸ½ Therapy through Sounds and Rhythm with Rife Vibes Publishing
Music sessions are at Informative self help podcast usig music therapy.
4 Mar, 2024 - 13:23

A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis ch 7 by Melvin Powers Free Audiobooks Rife Vibes Healing Therapy for the free therapy app with sessions for healing
4 Mar, 2024 - 21:37

Music in Medicine by Sidney Licht CH 12 πŸ™πŸ½ Therapy through Sounds and Rhythm with Rife Vibes Publishing Get our app for free
4 Mar, 2024 - 16:59

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