Some people thought that converting a paper book into an audiobook is an easy process, and it is only reading the book, but that is so not true. The process of converting the paper book into an audiobook goes through several stages, each step is no less important than the others, as it requires many requirements we sum all of these steps and requirements in this article.
What does it take to convert a paper book to an audiobook?
Here are some requirements to achieve this process successfully:
Make sure that you got every word and line in the book so you can easily convert it from its written version to an audible one and regenerate it, so you can deliver it in a new method to the audience, unlike common audiobooks are not only for those who don’t like reading, because those people might be seeking a new way to enjoy their favorite written book and characterizing feelings with a new sense.
Appropriate voice commentator:
Best romantic novel ever could be easily ruined by an inappropriate voice actor with a rough voice, so you have always to pick voices that are suitable to the script, and of course the criteria to select an actor to romantic novel or book are totally different when you select actors to comedian one.
it’s also very important to have a wide experience sound man, as audiobooks voice-over recording needs a lot of accuracies, organization, and sequence.
Audiobooks recording steps
The following steps are for preparing and producing an audiobook, which are divided into four steps:
Don’t only count on the paper book has been corrected and linguistic context is ready. Before starting the recording, a team of linguistic auditors has to work on the entire book and prepare it for the audio commentator, by dividing the book into short sentences so that the commentator can read the book easily without making any confusion of the meaning. Also, they are concerned with a vital mission which is how to transform the un-audible sentences to audible ones, as well as the drawings and pictures.
Usually, this step takes two hours for every 6000 words.
in spite of it is the most important step, it is nothing without the previous step. And the more time you spent in the preparing stage the more you accomplished this step easily
The step with the sound-man (acoustician) as he starts to edit and process, and it’s the longest step among all the steps as it takes to produce one hour of recording about three and half hours.
He mainly removes the repeated sentence, all the disturbance, unrequired breaths and he adds suitable sound effects.
After going through the previous three steps, the book goes to the radio director, who listens to the book and adds his notes and any requirements, or even it is possible for this task to be performed by the acoustician himself. This task demands to focus in order to detect any errors, no matter how small they are, so the audiobook comes out in the best possible quality and with zero mistakes.
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Audiobook narration for beginners
Finally, if you are new in this career and have the courage to enter it, here are some quick tips you should always keep in your mind every time you are about recording audiobook
Audiobook not short: yes, you have to remember that, unlike other types of voice-over scripts this type could be really long, sometimes it takes you 70 hours consciously to finish your track, so you have to be patient and passionate about it.
feel the book, don’t read it: get yourself in this mood before you go to the studio, read it carefully and try to characterize all sentences of the script or at least the ones you are about to perform.
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