Pace of the audiobook/podcast editing process

Pace of the audiobook/podcast editing process

If you are going to have someone to edit your audiobook/podcast, you definitely want to know how much does it cost!

An audiobook/podcast editing price roughly may be formed on the basis of two polar cases.

 

Narrated by professional VAs

It’s assumed that the book was narrated in a studio (or at least acoustically isolated vocal booth), so there’s no extra noises like street tarffic, birds or a dog barking; also there’s no significant permanent noise like hiss or electric hum.

Also it’s assumed that the VA uses ‘silent’ furniture (no squeaks) and knows that the paper pages should be turned in between lines […] Read more

Using the smartphone’s microphone

Using the smartphone’s microphone

Well… it may work. Really! While I would definitely suggest you to use a standalone condenser microphone for your recordings (and a pop-screen and a vocal booth as well!), yes — you still can try to record yourself through your mobile device’s microphone. Just keep in mind these simple rules:

Don’t be too close to it
And don’t be ‘on axis’ (see the image)

The reason is — plosives. They would be considered as a defects and your engineer will spent a lot of time (and your money) to reduce them.

 

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Don’t ever rely on it completely!

Don’t ever rely on it completely!

Yeah… some people consider breaths in their recordings almost as a defect and want them to be removed completely, some just want to reduce them slightly… but the fact is that many of us frequently struggle to remove/reduce them manually, and it’s very boring!.. That’s why major developers (iZotope, Waves) offer their ‘Breath Control’ modules. But do they work as we want them to?

Check out some stuff about the automatic Breath Control procedure — why it’s not the best idea to completely rely on automatic tools yet.

By the way, the same is true for De-Clickers… absolutely!

 

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