Narration Resources

Narration Resources

These are the resources mentioned in Narrated by the Author.

Resources

Microphone

This is the one I'm using –  RODE-NT USB Condenser microphone – https://www.jbhifi.com.au/musical-instruments/microphones/rode/rode-ntusb-microphone/990199/

or you can find it on Amazon
RODE NT-USB
http://amzn.to/2oF8Vdz 

I've also heard good things about these ones
Blue Snowball
http://amzn.to/2oEkG3L

ATR2100
http://amzn.to/2FN7NM6

These could help manage acoustics.

Isolation Shield



Acoustic Panels



Acoustic Blanket

Technical requirements



Youtube

Yes, you can record your own audiobook. Here's how. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeHMtoOn6Lg

Audiobook Narration Tips for Beginners – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLej16cPee0&t=372s

My process of producing narration for ACX – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBucUZOdtzQ

Reducing voice over breaths using Audacity - https://youtu.be/eYYypOQfxIM

Remove breathing sound from your audio recording // Audacity - https://youtu.be/79M3LRPgI9M

Blog posts




Ebooks

Narration: A Beginner's Guide to Recording Audiobooks in Audacity: Work From Home Recording Audiobooks for ACX, Audible & iTunes Kindle Edition by Krystal Wascher – http://amzn.to/2CVSWfa

Audiobooks

Storyteller: How to be an Audiobook Narrator – https://amzn.to/2IAk49l


Programs


MP3 plugin – https://lame.buanzo.org/





Audiobook and ebook distribution

Draft2Digital – affiliate link – https://www.draft2digital.com/heysaidrenee

Findaway Voices – https://findawayvoices.com/




Payhip – affiliate link – https://payhip.com?fp_ref=heysaidrenee

Handy websites and apps

Canva (for graphics) – https://canva.7eqqol.net/XqWQ3



My Audiobooks


My Author Services

https://heysaidrenee.blogspot.com/p/for-authors.html


I have used affiliate links where available.

**UPDATES**
I've started experimenting with reducing breath sounds with a noise gate plugin instead of removing them completely. I installed the noise gate plugin (linked above in Programs section) I highlighted a breath sound then analysed it with the plugin. I entered the suggested setting, then applied the gate. I tweaked it a few times until my breathing sounded naturally quiet. I suggest doing this step before Normalising.

If you just have a few loud breaths (or plosive p's) you can highlight them then amplify them with a negative number (such as -10).

Findaway Voices will accept FLAC files, so if you don't plan to sell MP3s yourself, you can skip the step of exporting as MP3 and upload the FLAC files to Findaway Voices.

Kobo has now opened direct uploading of audiobooks via their Kobo Writing Life platform. They will accept MP3 files but not FLAC. 

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