AUDIOBOOK NARRATORS BUSINESS SURVEY 2015
Respondents' Comments To Question #8:
When You Record An Audiobook, Where Do You Record Most Often?
Respondents to the VoiceOverXtra Audiobook Narrators Business Survey - 2015 made the following comments to Question 8. For the accompanying article, please click here.
Just setting up my
own studio now.
- Occasionally in a producer/publisher's
A colleague is trying to start a studio
that a publishing house might take under its wing, but so far, the old guard
is wedded to its LA-NYC moorings.
- Books pay too little unless best seller,
etc., and seldom get too much time - small pay!
- I have a sound booth and an office at
- We have our own vocal booth and work
station for editing.
- 100% home studio so far - never been
invited to a "real" studio
I don't have to outsource editing. The
publisher handles that. I record using punch and roll, so it is mostly edited
Up to this fall, in a professional
studio...set up my home studio this fall and it seems to be working well.
Open to going to a professional studio if desired by client.
I will not work without a
director/engineer; that's an artistic decision. Needless to say, I haven't been narrating
much lately. I love the work and miss
it, but working solo reduces one's narrating ability hugely. Too dense an explanation to go into here.
Just did 2 books in my home studio for
the first time. Before that, at Deyan Audio.
- Thus far narrating ACX books, I've
recorded only in my personal recording studio.
- I record about 50% of my work at home
and 50% in a studio the publishing companies book/pay for me. Depends on the
- And I hate it.
- The first book (of short stories) was
recorded in a studio at the local SAG office with a recording studio.
"My personal recording studio"
can be defined many different ways, and has a tremendous bearing on whether a
narrator gets cast or not. In my case,
it is a $10,000 custom-built booth and equipment. When I got my recording quality, room tone,
and noise floor where national producers liked it, THEN I started getting
My preference is to record at home, but
I did a multi-narrator book that required a larger space.
I have a space at home with sound
Our local studios are not
"friendly" or understanding toward audio books. So far, have been told absolutely not or
given an estimate of $185-$200 per hour for studio use.
I think it diminishes the quality of the
end product, as well as the quality of the performance, if actors are asked
to engineer themselves. Yes, you can learn how - but paying attention to
more than one thing (i.e., the text) at a time = lost quality for both things.
And sitting in a small dark room for hours on end, talking to yourself, is
not exactly the picture of mental/physical health!
I have a tiny studio in a closet in my
- 90% at home, 10% in publisher's or
independent production company studio.
Usually in the publishers studio, but
sometimes it is outsourced to a production studio.
- I used to record mostly in-studio, but
now am recording mostly from home.
- This comment is for #9 (no comment
window): The options for #9 assume
narrators are responsible for editing. Most mainstream narrators are not; the
publisher or producer does it. Is this questionnaire for ACX only? If so,
your answers are going to be skewed in that direction & may show a much
different result. It seems to me like there are two parallel career paths
going on for narrators (ACX and pub), & they are very different. However,
some mainstream use paid ACX to supplement & vice-versa .
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