Editing Material Recorded here or Elsewhere
If you’ve recorded your audiobook somewhere else, you’ll still need it to be edited and post-produced. This is the same procedure we follow producing books recorded at Landen Park Studio.
We’re highly experienced in audiobook editing at Landen Park Studio. We are familiar with the technical requirements of the delivery platforms (Audible, Amazon, Apple and so forth). We’ve produced thousands of hours of spoken word material.
The process involves:
- removing extraneous noise (both continuous and incidental)
- removing breaths and other narrator sounds
- adjusting spacing between sections (and even between sentences and phrases if necessary).
- Then we adjust eq, dynamics and levels to match platforms’ technical requirements and create compliant output files This is post-production.
We have a battery of state of the art software, including iZotope RX Advanced – the industry standard in audio restoration. Nevertheless, much work has to be done by hand – and we have years of experience making spoken word sound amazing.
There Are Limits When Recording AT HOME
A word to the wise: with all the skills in the world and the best software available, there’s no way to completely remove the effects of recording in a poor environment.
The old saying ‘you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear‘ applies here. You should never think that just because technology is available, it doesn’t matter how or where the material is recorded. Furthermore, the poorer the quality of the original recording, the more it will cost you to have it ‘cleaned up’ – and this can mean that the project could actually cost less overall if you recorded in a professional studio in the first place…
Another thing to keep in mind is this: when you record at home, on your own, you don’t have the benefit of a director. This means you are much more likely (more likely than you think, honestly!) to make mistakes in enunciation, pronunciation, intonation and cadence that no amount of software can fix.
The files we deliver are compliant with ACX/Audible specifications, but internally we work at a higher resolution. We can work with whatever you have, but our preferred format for receiving audio for editing (and the format in which we originate material here) is:
24 bit, 88.2K mono broadcast WAV (.WAV), with minimum 2 seconds room tone at start and end.