A good setup is the foundation of an excellent recording. If you want to produce an audiobook, the more time and effort you invest in the foundation, the more time and money you save in the long run. There are many possible sets of software and hardware that can be used to produce an audiobook, but this article outlines the technical setup necessary for creating an audiobook on your own. These are the essential fundamentals you need to produce your audiobook from the comfort of your home.
Get the Right Equipment
When making an audiobook, you cannot rely only on the microphone of your phone or PC. This is because most phones and computers come with preinstalled low-quality audio processing and recording tools. However, you don’t want to produce a poor audiobook that doesn’t add value to the reader or learner. Recording an audiobook is entirely different, and you must spend on these items:
Microphone: One of the best microphones for audio recording is Blue Yeti. For best sound quality, place it on a stable table and a quiet room because it is sensitive to background noise.
Audacity: This is the program you will use to record. Audacity is a free program, but GarageBand can be used as an alternative.
Pop Screen: This will help you to minimize plosives. Reduce loud breathing sounds, tongue clicks, lip smacks, and other noises. This will make your editing process easy and fast because you’ll not have to edit all this.
Space for the Equipment
While setting up your equipment space, ensure it is convenient for quiet recording, and that all the equipment are functioning appropriately. You’ll need to damp down hard surfaces, especially areas in your front, behind and sides. Mainly, it would be much better if you cover most areas with soft materials such as curtains, duvets, or blankets.
Keep pets away from your equipment room, stop any machine that produces sound and turns off HVAC vents before you start the recording session for your audiobook. Always keep these disruptions in mind to come up with a high-quality audiobook.
Recording the Audio
There are a few helpful tips to consider when recording your audio. They might be simple but very essential:
- Eat a couple of potato chips before you start the recording session to help moisten your lips.
- Keep some drinking water close as well as shea butter lip balm.
- If the recording will take a couple of days, read and listen to the last few pages you recorded last a day before. This will help you set the right tone for the recording, and ensures your audiobook sounds is uniform. Also, try to record around the same time of the day. This also ensures that your voice is uniform because your voice changes from time to time depending on time of the day.
Other technical setup essentials include editing and making the audiobook cover. If you can afford a sound engineer, have them look at your audio for editing. The audiobook cover follows different sizes and ACX standards.