When You Can’t Stand the Sound of Your Own Voice, Stop Listening
I may finally be a certifiable geek. No, I’m not tech savvy. Not by those standards.
But I’ve learned more about recording audio tracks in the past couple of weeks than I ever wanted to know. I even made my dim brain read acres and acres of instructions in forums. I trained my blind eye to online tutorials. I took notes.
And I recorded Not Without My Father.
The first time, my sibilance came from my not activating my USB mic in the program. I THOUGHT IT JUST CAME ON WHEN I PLUGGED IT IN. Better mic = no sibilance.
But I couldn’t use my entire first recording. I threw it out and started again.
This weekend, I spent ten hours holed up in a conference room at my husband’s office. I recorded in two segments. THE WHOLE BOOK. AGAIN.
Here’s the thing sound geeks know. (And I’m a sound geek now, so I know it, too.)
The place one records is sacrosanct. Every single solitary blip of a detail in atmosphere, mic position, chair setting, and speaker’s body must be the same, EVERY TIME, or the tracks will not sound the same when joined.
I’ve learned that lesson the hardest way, by trying to do an audiobook for Not Without My Father in time for the January 15, 2015 worldwide launch. I’ve got a complete track, but because of all the things I realize I don’t know until I do it, I’ll never be able to make this track the best it can be.
There will be no audio version of Not Without My Father on January 15, 2015.
MTM and I have come up with a way to mitigate all the problems, and I will work on recordings for a May/June release of both To Live Forever and Not Without My Father.
I wish I could afford to rent a studio and pay for a professional. I CAN’T.
And I have about a billion things to do to get ready to launch this book next week.
Geez……..did I just type NEXT WEEK???
I’m giving you an update, because I don’t want to drag this issue to my new website LAUNCHING SOMETIME TOMORROW, JANUARY 5, 2015. Not sure about timing, but I’ll let everyone know here when it’s live there.
Happy weekend, Everyone. I’m off to make a newsletter template………..something I KNOW how to do. 🙂
In the meantime, you can listen to a sample first chapter of Not Without My Father. This is probably the best cut I have.