10 Steps To Record Your Own Audiobook
Reading a book is undoubtedly one of the best ways to end a hectic day on a beautiful and calm note. But with everyone running against the clock all the time do we really have a moment to actually sit down and enjoy a book? With a lot of people missing out on the pleasure of reading, a lot of authors have turned to release audiobooks to reach a wider audience and to enhance their storytelling experience.
As complex as it may sound, recording an audiobook is actually quite simple. If you’re a budding author or an adept writer attempting to widen your horizons with audiobooks, this is how you can do it!
- Preparing a Script
The first step to recording an audiobook is preparing a script to read from. Usually, people believe that it’s feasible to read directly from the book while recording and we couldn’t disagree more. There are minute differences between what you can record and what you can publish. So to have a smooth recording session edit your manuscript of everything that won’t make sense in the audio and convert it into an E-book.
- Choosing the voice
Once you’ve successfully created a script is it now time to decide who will give voice to your story. Many authors choose to record their book themselves instead of hiring a professional voice artist but that’s not always the right thing to do. If the story beholds a personal account then it is adequate for the author to voice the book as it adds a personal touch to the narrative. But for fictional, educational, or guide books, it is better to work with a professional as they possess the apt skillset for recording them.
- Hiring a professional
If this is your first time recording an audiobook with a professional or recording an audiobook then hiring the right artist can be tedious. The best way to hire an artist is by asking for voice samples. Different genres of books require different accents and expressions, so be sure to choose the right one
- Practice your reading
This goes for whoever is recording the book. Be it an amateur or a professional it is essential to sit still and practice reading the book. Try to reach a speed of 155 words per minute, which is the standard average for recording a book.
- Practice tongue twisters and complicated pronunciations
To avoid jumbling up words during the studio recording make sure to thoroughly practice the tongue twisters (if any) and complicated pronunciations. The more errors you make the longer the session will take.
- Studio recording v/s self-recording
To save on the studio and the production team cost people are inclined towards recording on their own at home. But doing that will not only help you save money but will also alter the quality of your audiobook. Not only will it have several irregularities and production issues but will be unable to compete with the formally produced ones. We suggest focusing on the quality of your audiobook.
- Studio session
Once in the studio, try moving as little as you can during the recording. The studio microphones are very sensitive and will record the sound of your movements resulting in an error in the recording.
- The best position to record
Before you start recording find the most comfortable position for you to sit in. It is also important to sit at the right distance from the microphone. Sitting too close, too far, or moving back and forth throughout the session will result in tone modulation and echo.
- E-book v/s paper manuscript
Reading from an edited E-book is convenient and efficient compared to reading from a paper script. The former eliminates the effort of turning the pages also the sound of turning papers which will get recorded in the sensitive studio microphones.
- Recording time
The time taken to a record depends on the length of the book and the experiences of the artist. On average to record a 10 hours long audiobook, it’ll take you close to 20 hours. While recording the narrator has to stop after every chapter and rerecord the errors. After the first 2-3 hours, the tone in the voice also starts to change.
Record your first or next audiobook with us at our thoroughly equipped Creative Thinks Media recording studio. From assisting you during the artist hiring process to making the recording a hassle-free and memorable process we do it all. With the best in the market equipment and a team of experts, we deliver nothing but the best.