Not every book is the same, so why would the production of each audiobook be the same? It's not! That's why we break the production cycle into four distinct parts: research, where we figure out how everything should be pronounced; narration, where we tell your story in the most compelling and engaging way; QA, where we ensure the finished product is word-for-word what is printed on your page; and post-production, making the book sounds as good as it reads. Each service area can be considered as its own suite of services; each is available alone or combined in a package.
Does your book include a lot of foreign language or locations? How about technical or medical jargon? Perhaps it takes place in an entirely fictitious world, never seen outside your own mind's eye! Have no fear! Our staff have intimate knowledge of the pronunciation standards of hundreds of living, dead, and fictitious languages! For everything else, our library of dictionaries spanning centuries and continents is only ever a bookshelf away. Finally, over the years we've assembled a database, and a custom software interface designed for it, with hundreds of thousands of referenced pronunciation guides.
If there's a standard to be adhered to, we'll identify it, and we'll apply it to your satisfaction.
The voice of your book may be the most important decision you make, once you decide to have your book recorded. We have a full stable of highly qualified and multi-faceted narrators who have proven experience bringing to life a wide variety of narration projects.
Highly technical jargon? No problem, we practice tongue-twisters for fun. Foreign languages? Pas de probleme. Accents? Pish tosh. Fiction or non-fiction, our narrators can handle any and all tasks. Let our voices do your talking, and contact us to hear some samples.
Everyone makes mistakes -- that's just part of being human! That's why we have a multi-stage QA environment to check, double-check, and triple-check that the recording of your book is error-free.
First stage begins with the recording. While the narration is underway, on the other side of the glass is a dual-skilled individual. Our monitors are not only engineers capable of producing a fine recording, but they also proof the text, as a first-pass check for any misplaced, mispronounced words or phrases.
Next an analyst/engineer will review the recording to locate any corrections that need to be made by the narrator and clean up any undesirable artifacts of first-stage recording. We do this twice!
So, everyone makes mistakes. We try not to let anyone hear ours!
This is where things start getting technical! Once your book has been recorded, what needs to happen next? Audio engineers to the rescue!
We perform a comprehensive audio-mastering procedure to ensure the narration sounds perfect from start to finish, maintaining aural consistency across the recording and preparing the production for mainstream enjoyment.
What is mastering? The procedure involves a plethora of steps, including equalizing all audio for optimized frequency distribution, noise reduction to eliminate clicks and hums, and other minor tweaks that only a true mastering artist can be expected to look for. Your book will sound great!