I recently upgraded my studio – good, and not so good – I have a warning you need to hear about this.
There were some unintended consequences of my studio maintenance…
So, I just did some much needed maintenance on my studio – some of the components have served their useful life, and needed to be replaced.
That was good, and not so good – good for my studio, but not good for the current projects I was producing.
The upgrades, replacement, cleaning, re-calibrating and so on left me with a cleaner, more potent sound. Not night and day, just…better.
But the work I’d been doing on 3 audiobooks and an IVR prompt set wasn’t finished when this all happened.
And a better sound meant a different sound.
Now, the IVR stuff was for a client that was using legacy big-iron servers, and when I converted a prompt recorded in the new environment to a very low quality (but good for IVR work) CCITT mu-law 8-8 wav file, it sounded indistinguishable from the older prompts I’d recorded and converted.
But the audiobooks? A very different story.
All three needed to be started from the beginning. No way around it.
One is requiring that I re-narrate 27 relatively short chapters.
Another, I needed to only take care of the first four chapters I’d already voiced.
And the third, well…that’s going to take a bit more work, as I’d already produced half the book.
Look, there’s no good time to do studio maintenance (unless you have nothing in the pipeline), but it’s necessary. And often, with overlapping projects, you have no real down time that’s best for maintenance.
Just remember to also make sure that, with audiobooks in particular, you don’t give the listener a different experience from chapter to chapter, and certainly not within chapters. Make sure the sound is consistent.
And as all of these books are ACX projects, it is easy to replace the audio as I produce the new version of each chapter. Upload that new version by using the Replace link for the chapter you’re uploading, in the PRODUCE AUDIOBOOK tab, on the project page on ACX for your book. It looks like this (click on it to enlarge it to full size if you need to):
Clicking on that link brings up a browse button to choose the new file from your hard drive.
Thank you, ACX!
Take the time to do this, as well the time to keep your studio in the best shape it can be.
So…how do you handle studio maintenance, replacement of equipment, upgrading of gear and changes in processes? Anything make you happy? Anything drive you crazy? Let us all know in the comments below.
Hope this helps!