Drum roll if you please…
Handling the Technical Side of Life
This can be daunting and overwhelming. The scope of “technical” stuff in an audiobook can range from:
- Purchasing the right equipment
- Knowing if your recording space is quiet enough
- Downloading digital audio workstations (DAW) and plug-ins
- Getting the pre-amp settings and mic position and distance right
- Setting the Gain without adding noise
- Learning how to record and edit in your DAW
- Recording pickups (corrections) and blending them in with the original audio file
- Editing out clicks, breaths, page turns and other noises.
- Training your ear
And that’s before you hit the weird stuff that you have to troubleshoot.
I’m not trying to scare anyone away from jumping on the voice over training. It’s not impossible, it’s just – challenging because… you don’t know, what you don’t know – until you know it.
This is why I’m building out The Writers Audiobook Clinic (www.writersaudiobookclinic.com) as a resource for audiobook creation – just for writers. I’ve already got a free video up on the site, The Audiobook Production Tour, that walks you through the production process and coaches you on how to work effectively with a narrator. And a Quick Start Guide to Great Sound if you’re trying to get set up to record. (Email me at Querida@truevoiceproductions.com and I can send you a copy. It will be available on the website soon.)
And it’s why I created The Breakthrough Audiobook Narration Course – just for Writers. We walk you through the process with a combination of pre-recorded lessons and live sessions where you can ask questions, get assistance and tackle both the artistic and technical side of life with a coach.
The next class starts in March. Check it out.