Planning To Record An Audiobook? Here’s What You Should Know!

 In the current modern flow when the time has become a commodity, everyone always seems to be in a rush. Gone are the days when one would sit down, and relish a good book with a cup of coffee. Reading a book seems to be taking a backseat but for avid readers losing themselves in enthralling words is a necessity. Thus, came into fame audiobooks. Audiobooks are the recorded verbal narrative of any book or text, and they are much older than we know. Audiobook came into existence in 1930 but it is now that they are getting their due recognition. A lot of modern authors are inclined towards releasing their book in the form of audio rather than in paper.

If you’re a seasoned or a budding author planning to try your hand at recording an audiobook then here is everything you need to know about it!

Narrating the Book

While initiating the process of recording a book, your first task as a writer or author would be to arbitrate who will give voice to your words. A lot of authors are of the opinion that they themselves should record their book but that’s not always the best thing to do.

An author should record their book if it is:

  • An autobiography
  • Consists of personal stories
  • Memoirs of close ones

Using your own voice for such genres adds a personal touch to the story also putting across the author's emotions while narrating his/her own book.

An author should hire a professional voice actor if it is:

  • A kids book
  • Fictional
  • Educational or Business related
  • Guides

In such cases hiring a professional whose voice suits your story or content best would be a clever thing to do.

Before recording the Audiobook

Once you have narrowed down to a suitable voice, the next task is to prepare yourself or assist the professional in preparing for the recording session.

  • It is time for the person narrating to read the book to themselves multiple times to attain the right tone, pronunciation, and clarity. Try reaching 155 words per minute which is the standard target to achieve while recording a book.
  • Practice the tongue-twister, if any to avoid mixing of words during the recording.
  • Practice to keep still while reading the book to yourself

Pro-Tip: While practicing and recording try reading from a laptop or tablet instead of a book to prevent the rusting of the pages from getting recorded.

While recording the Audiobook

To make your recording experience a delightful and memorable one, keep the following things in mind:

  • Keep still. This is where the routine of keeping still while reading will come to use. The studio microphones tend to pick up the sound of even the slightest body or chair movement. So fidgeting during recording will alter the quality of the audio.
  • Maintain the same amount of distance from the mic throughout your reading. Moving back and forth from the mic will cause a change in your tone and volume.
  • Try not to get nervous while reading as that will affect the way you speak. Attempt to speak as naturally as you normally do.
  • Keep your tone conversational.

How much time does it take to record an Audiobook?

Recording time in a studio will differ from the narrating time of the book. While recording in a studio additional time is required to pause between the chapters, rerecording the errors, fixing the tone and expression of the reader, etc. So if it took you 10 hours to practice reading a book, recording the same book in a studio will take you close to 20 hours.

It is suggested to limit the studio recording time to 2-3 hours, as after this even a professional voice actor tends to lose the expression and correct tone of the voice.

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