This week was a fine one for all those looking for advice on marketing their ACX productions. We offered year-round guidance for authors that can be put into practice immediately for June is Audiobook Month, and we gave producers 5 ways to make use of the 25 promotional codes they’ll now receive to aid in their marketing efforts.
For advice on other aspects of audiobook creation, check out our weekly links roundup below.
For Rights Holders:
How To Design The Best Book Cover for Online Sales – via ALLi – Digital media has changed the rules of book cover design, and those who adapt will be more likely to succeed.
This Is How You’re Doing Social Media Wrong… And How to Do It Right – via The Huffington Post – Author Rachel Thompson offers advice on the do’s and dont’s of social media for authors.
Just What Is Theme in a Novel, Anyway? – via Live Write Thrive – “Too often writers don’t consider theme or even think their novel has one (or more), but I believe every story is about something more than plot. Or if it isn’t, it can and should be.”
How Listening Helps You as an Actor – via VoiceOverTimes – You talk for a living, but listening might be the best way to help you VO career.
Improving Your Voiceover Skills with Improv – via Backstage – Improving your ability to think – and talk – on the fly just might help you in the booth.
7 Bad Habits That Will Hurt Your Voice Over Career – via Voice-Over Xtra – Learn from narrator Dan Hurst’s personal experience and avoid these VO career killers.
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We don’t need to tell you the importance of a good sounding audiobook, right? Audible’s listeners are accustomed to the best sounding books in the industry, and nothing will tank your title’s sales potential faster than a few bad reviews.
Like just about everything in life, getting things right from the start is essential to creating a great-sounding audiobook. Actors who are new to the world of audiobook production can make the mistake of thinking that a poor recording will get taken care of in the editing phase or smoothed out in post production. But the truth is the purpose of editing and mastering is not to make a poor recording sound good, but to make a good recording sound great! Join us as we outline the steps you can take to set yourself up for success on ACX.
Let’s start from the beginning: treating your recording space. There are numerous options, from permanent structures to baffling panels and blankets to sound dampening shields for your microphone. Whatever method works best for you, the key is to minimize ambient noise and insulate yourself from the dreaded A/C units, lawn mowers, and traffic that can be major distractions to a listener.
The next area of attention should be your recording chain. This is the most important place you can put your money, as good equipment is the bedrock of a good recording. Making sure you find the right mic for your voice, as well as aiming for the cleanest input signal possible means you will have much easier time and a much better recording down the line. A secret weapon in your fight against noise can be a simple in-line high pass filter, like this one from Shure. For around $50-$60, you can get a filter that “helps to eliminate electrical and mechanical noise in an audio system, such as 60Hz electrical hum from AC power lines, low-frequency rumble caused by wind noise or air conditioning system, and stage/floor noise transmitted to a microphone through the microphone stand.”
The final key to a good recording is consistency. It’s important to ensure that your voice and recording environment have a uniform sound from day to day and project to project. Pay attention to mic placement, temperature and humidity and work to keep them consistent. Note the settings on your studio hardware and software on day 1 of a production, and be sure to match them on subsequent days. When you sit down to begin the day’s session, listen back to a few minutes of the previous day’s audio and compare it to the sound you’re currently getting in your studio. Then make small adjustments to your settings based on environmental and vocal changes if necessary.
Actors familiar with TV and film may be used to working in an environment where one can shoot as much as possible and clean it up in editing and post. But with audiobooks, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A little work at the outset can help make sure that you’re on the path to a great sounding recording.
How do you achieve a consistently great sound in your studio?
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