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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 studio.
  • 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 home
  • 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 already
  • 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 company.
  • 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 hired regularly.
  • 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 control
  • 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 home.
  • 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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