Cues for Engineer Will Save the Money. Find out How

If you are an indie author, who narrates own books, or narrator, who’s working with audio engineer (and you don’t like the punch-n-roll mode, like many of people don’t), please provide your engineer with clear sonic and visual cues to work with…

What am I talking about? When you make a false start or an error (almost inevitable both), make it clearly marked! Cough, clap your hands, whatever (here’s what I mean)… audio engineer uses these sonic (and visual — see screenshot or video) cues to speed up the editing process by two times. If you pay your engineer on an hourly basis, it’s — literally — your money!

Couple of things to remember:

  1. Let your sonic cue be louder than the average stuff (engineer should be able to identify this place as fast as possible);
  2. Leave a half-second or so of pause before and after the cue (i.e. bad take — pause — CUE — pause — new take).

Here’s how it goes. These peaks are very easy to spot and the editing process flows much faster!


If you need an advice or assessment, or you want me to prepare your audiobook for publishing, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

And always work with those you want to hug ツ

— Stan