Keeping Your Audiobook Revisions Straight

Hey, there!

Revising a 30 second spot is pretty easy – you’re usually done with everything in a matter of minutes.

Big, long term projects like audiobooks require a bit more planning and forethought.

Here’s an easy way to manage that.

So. What’s the secret of keeping your versions straight?

You record a chapter for an audiobook. You prepare it for submission to ACX, editing and normalizing/compressing or Levelating for optimal listening, export it as the final MP3, and upload it for review.

The rights holder loves it, but points out that you mispronounced a word or two, and would love to have you correct that.

You panic.

You didn’t save the original voicework, you just saved the processed tracks. How do you match them up when you do the revision?

It’s actually pretty easy.

First, commit to saving all your work in raw, recorded format, pre-normalization/compression, as WAV files. Then, you can do the pickup, edit in the revision, and then re-process and export the audio.

But for those emergencies where you don’t have the original work any longer, do this: instead of just recording the one sentence or two that you need to update, re-record the entire paragraph or half page or so that bounds each error. Then, normalize/compress that whole block, which will much more closely approximate the normalization/compression of the entire chapter, than simply editing in a few words. You can then replace the old audio segment with the new audio you’ve recorded and re-export the MP3.

DON’T reimport the MP3 output and try to insert new audio into it – the quality won’t match up, and it will sound jarring to the listener.

And – from now on – keep the raw, unprocessed work until the book is available for sale. You can then safely archive the entire production.

Hope this helps.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

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  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

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    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

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