CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
Part Two: We're Recording an Audiobook!?!
With the first hurdle cleared (getting the contract to produce a book), the real work began. Now we had decisions to make. How do we set up the recording space? Which microphone do we use? Which pre-amp? Do we use a compressor? Which program will we record into and edit with? How do we map out a schedule? It seems with every question we answered, a new one materialized.
Fortunately, for me, we had my husband’s experience to guide us. As a musician, songwriter, and composer, he’s logged hundreds, possibly thousands, of hours recording, editing, and manipulating sound. He already had the basics we needed to produce a quality recording. The fact that his expertise was in music rather than the spoken word, meant we had some adjusting to do; but for the most part, we had all the tools we needed.
We set up a spare bedroom as our sound booth. Old duvets lined the walls and hung in strategic positions to baffle the sound and muffle outside noises. After testing various microphone/pre-amp combinations, we settled on the one we liked the best. We set it up in a portable isolation box to isolate the sound even more. I brought in my water and green apple slices (which I’d been told I would need, but wasn’t really sure what to do with), sat down in my chair, my copy on the music stand in front of me, eager to finally get into the “fun” part.
I couldn’t see or hear my husband. He was in front of the computer in the room adjacent to mine, holding a copy of the manuscript in front of him so he could follow along for continuity.
“Are you ready?” he yelled.
“I said, are you ready?” he yelled, louder.
“Yes” I yelled back.
“Ow! You don’t have to yell! I can hear you through the headphones!”
We were off to a great start.
3/30/2015 03:22:38 pm
This really made me laugh! I can relate. I am very new to narrating audiobooks. My husband is also my editor. He is a musician and I am a singer. This has been a learning experience. We are getting better every day. Do you find your books at ACX? Thanks again for your stories about this process.
3/31/2015 01:54:44 am
Hi Laura. Nice to meet another narrator with a similar situation. Is your husband an ultra-perfectionist, too? I have found most of my work through ACX, and this has developed into repeated work for several rightsholders. I have also recorded several public domain books on my own. Of course with those, all the promo lies on me, but there is a small market there already for the classics. If you haven't already, check out Mike Vendetti's and Steven Cohen's facebook page for this. https://www.facebook.com/groups/NarratorsofthePublicDomain/
7/10/2022 11:13:30 am
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My name is Karen. My passions are theatre and books, and I've finally found a way to combine the two. My venue: audio books.