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Which Audio Recording Software Is Best For Recording Audiobooks? ACX Reviews The Top Digital Workstation Apps

Which Audio Recording Software Is Best For Recording Audiobooks? ACX Reviews The Top Digital Workstation Apps | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it

"There are many DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation software) available for purchase, and choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. It’s important to remember that many of these programs are created with music recording in mind, and you likely won’t need all the bells and whistles for your voiceover work."


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Sirenetta Leoni's curator insight, September 20, 2013 7:51 PM

This article covers options ranging from the free Audacity to ProTools, the full version of which costs $700, and gives the pros and cons of each.

 

As the author correctly points out, voice actors often end up buying way more complicated software than they really need. Unless you're producing music, or plan to, you don't necessarily need the recording software with all the bells and whistles. 

 

We also suggest scrolling through the comments. There are some good alternative suggestions and helpful feedback from fellow voice actors on the types of recording software they've used successfully to record audiobooks.

 

Word...feel free to skip over the 2-3 know-it-all gas bags that inevitably show up in every comments section of this type whose sole purpose in pontificating and arguing is to prove to everyone else that their knowledge base is bigger...

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An audiobook narrator spent two months creating a new audio edition of Dune, only to discover that the entire project was a scam
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Prolific Romance Author Accused of Plagiarizing 'Supernatural' Fanfic

Prolific Romance Author Accused of Plagiarizing 'Supernatural' Fanfic | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Specializing male/male erotica, ebook author Romilly King is being accused of copying some of her work from 'Supernatural' fanfics.
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At the moment, the audio books are still available and one narrator is out at least $7000 for their investment in outsourcing services (QC, editing, etc.)…
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Who Listens to Audiobooks?

Who Listens to Audiobooks? | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Which demographics listen to audiobooks the most? The ALA helped to fund a survey of more than 4,000 people, and here's what they found.
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5 Rising Stars in Audiobook Narration

5 Rising Stars in Audiobook Narration | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Here is a list of brilliant new audiobook narrators to look out for who have already narrated some well-loved books.
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New faces in YA
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This TikTok Lawsuit Is Highlighting How AI Is Screwing Over Voice Actors

This TikTok Lawsuit Is Highlighting How AI Is Screwing Over Voice Actors | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Voice actors are rallying behind Bev Standing, who is alleging that TikTok acquired and replicated her voice using AI without her knowledge.
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Audiobook narrators on race, accents, and representation in the industry.

Audiobook narrators on race, accents, and representation in the industry. | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
“Let’s say the book is set in New York and the detective is hard-boiled, an Italian-American. I can do that. But then minor characters start showing up.”
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Great article on characters vs. political correctness!
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Could 'The Simpsons' Replace Its Voice Actors With AI? | WIRED

Could 'The Simpsons' Replace Its Voice Actors With AI? | WIRED | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Deepfake technology can make convincing replicas from a limited amount of data, and the show has 30 years worth of audio to work from.
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AI marches on! A thoughtful article from Wired.
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Narrators Are Falling Asleep Making Audiobooks For The Visually Impaired

Narrators Are Falling Asleep Making Audiobooks For The Visually Impaired | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
An investigation in Sweden discovered low-quality audiobooks where narrators can be heard falling asleep and entire chapters of books are missing.
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What Happens When a Publisher Becomes a Megapublisher? - The New York Times

What Happens When a Publisher Becomes a Megapublisher? - The New York Times | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
The merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has the potential to touch every part of the industry, including how much authors get paid and how bookstores are run.
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As Audiobooks Boom, Publishers Get Inventive With Sound-Only Recipes, Puzzles, How-Tos

As Audiobooks Boom, Publishers Get Inventive With Sound-Only Recipes, Puzzles, How-Tos | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Audiobooks’ rise in popularity is giving publishers confidence to move beyond lean-back listening.
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Audiobooks to Get You Through the Most Distracted of Times - The New York Times

Audiobooks to Get You Through the Most Distracted of Times - The New York Times | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
New fiction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Barack Obama’s accent game, a Wilco frontman’s memoir and romance by Vonnegut.
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'Your throat hurts. Your brain hurts': the secret life of the audiobook star | Audiobooks | The Guardian

'Your throat hurts. Your brain hurts': the secret life of the audiobook star | Audiobooks | The Guardian | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
As the business booms, narrators talk tricky accents, lonely shifts and tackling 100 pages a day
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Barnes & Noble’s New Boss Tries to Save the Chain—and Traditional Bookselling

Barnes & Noble’s New Boss Tries to Save the Chain—and Traditional Bookselling | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
CEO James Daunt, having already fixed a big U.K. book chain, has laid off once-powerful managers, overturned relationships with publishers and renovated stores in favor of a more local approach, including a focus on the smallest details. He believes the survival of bookstores is on the line.
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The tale of the fake DUNE audiobook scam

The tale of the fake DUNE audiobook scam | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Writer/journalist Andrew Liptak has spent years covering the nerd culture beat, and in a recent edition of his Transfer Orbit nerd culture newsletter, he uncovers a fascinating if frustrating scam …
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All too common on ACX lately...  :-(
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12 LGBTQIA YA Audiobooks to Listen to in the 2nd Half of 2021

12 LGBTQIA YA Audiobooks to Listen to in the 2nd Half of 2021 | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
2021 is blessing our ears! We're looking forward to these twelve YA LGBTQIA+ audiobooks releasing in the second half of this year.
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Erik Larson Has a Scary Story He’d Like You to Hear

Erik Larson Has a Scary Story He’d Like You to Hear | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
After years writing nonfiction, he is now the author of a made-up tale about ghost-hunting that will only be sold as an audiobook.
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TikTok is taking the book industry by storm, and retailers are taking notice

TikTok is taking the book industry by storm, and retailers are taking notice | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
"BookTok" has sent old books back to the top of bestseller lists and helped launch the careers of new authors. Videos with the BookTok hashtag have been viewed a collective 12.6 billion times.
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Are audiobooks next?
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'It's a Crazy Issue' – The Bizarre World of Scam Audiobooks

'It's a Crazy Issue' – The Bizarre World of Scam Audiobooks | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
On sites like Amazon, there are thousands of books seemingly written by bots – and many of those are used to dupe audiobook narrators.
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A good overview of the current problems on ACX...

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WP - The top audiobooks of the last year, according to our readers

 
 
The top audiobooks of the last year, according to our readers
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Last month, the Audio Publishers Association announced the best audiobooks of 2020 during its virtual Audie Awards ceremony. The 25 winners included “Piranesi,” written by Susanna Clarke and narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, which won Audiobook of the Year, and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X as Told to Alex Haley,” narrated by Laurence Fishburne, which took home the prize for autobiography or memoir.

 

We wondered how those accolades aligned with our own readers’ preferences, so we polled our Book Club newsletter subscribers about their favorite audiobooks of the past year. Here are their top 10 picks, in alphabetical order.

(Simon and Schuster Audio)
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“Anxious People,” by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland

 

This funny, poignant novel, by the author of “A Man Called Ove,” takes advantage of Ireland’s impeccable comic timing with the story of a bank robber who accidentally takes a group of wacky people hostage during an apartment open house.

 

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Isabel Wilkerson, narrated by Robin Miles

Wilkerson, a Pulitzer winner and author of “The Warmth of Other Suns,” had an instant bestseller with this detailed examination that compares America’s racial hierarchy to the rigid caste systems in India and Nazi Germany.

“Deacon King Kong,” by James McBride, narrated by Dominic Hoffman

The popularity of McBride’s novel was assured with the one-two punch of an Oprah Book Club pick and a spot on Barack Obama’s list of favorite 2020 books. (“Caste,” incidentally, got the same treatment.) The book is set in a New York housing project during the 1960s, where an elderly man jump-starts the plot by shooting a drug kingpin.

(Random House Audio)

“Hamnet,” by Maggie O’Farrell, narrated by Ell Potter

 

By far the most popular pick from our readers was this historical novel about the death of Shakespeare’s only son. The novel, which was one of The Post’s 10 best books of 2020, recently won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

 

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue,” by V.E. Schwab, narrated by Julia Whelan

Whelan — a fan favorite who won an Audie in 2019 for her narration of Tara Westover’s “Educated” — brings her talent to Schwab’s story of a woman who makes a deal with the devil in the 1700s to avoid getting married and winds up, centuries later, questioning that decision.

“Klara and the Sun,” by Kazuo Ishiguro, narrated by Sura Siu

While this is a 2021 release — so not eligible for an Audie Award until next year — we had to include it because of the large number of recommendations. The new novel by Ishiguro, a Nobel Prize winner, concerns a robot who begins caring for a sickly girl.

(Penguin Audio)

“Memorial Drive,” written and narrated by Natasha Trethewey

 

Authors don’t always excel at narrating their own books, but no one could have done justice to Trethewey’s affecting memoir about her mother’s murder other than the former poet laureate herself.

 

“The Midnight Library,” by Matt Haig, narrated by Carey Mulligan

Mulligan is up for an Academy Award for “Promising Young Woman,” but she’s already a winner with our readers, who enjoyed her rendition of Haig’s novel about a woman who attempts suicide and finds herself able to relive different versions of her life had she made other choices.

“The Only Good Indians,” by Stephen Graham Jones, narrated by Shaun Taylor-Corbett

Part horror novel, part social commentary, Jones’s book follows a group of Native American friends haunted — literally — by killing a pregnant elk years earlier.

 

“Tokyo Ueno Station,” by Yu Miri, narrated by Johnny Heller

The winner of the 2020 National Book Award for translated literature is a ghost story, of sorts, about a dead man haunting a railway station and looking back at his tortured life.

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated that Isabel Wilkerson narrated “Caste.” Robin Miles is the narrator.

 

Stephanie Merry is editor of Book World.

 
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Eric Otero's curator insight, April 25, 7:52 PM
Found this interesting I wanted to really know what were the top audiobooks found this past year truly a great article to really see what people are interested in I think us as audio engineers and people who want to be more creative need to expand our knowledge and read books or listen to articles that can inspire us in the music industry.
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PRH Audio Debuts Voiceover Casting Platform, Ahab

PRH Audio Debuts Voiceover Casting Platform, Ahab | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Penguin Random House Audio has launched Ahab, a global online casting platform for voiceover actors in any business. The platform was originally developed as an internal tool for PRH's audiobook producers.
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Amazon’s monopoly is squeezing your public library, too - The

Its monopoly is costing public libraries e-books and audiobooks from Mindy Kaling, Dean Koontz, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Trevor Noah and a whole lot more.
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The Amazon/Library issue hits the mainstream press (and the WP is owned by Bezos!)

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Neil Gaiman 'Sandman' Seasons 2 and 3 Greenlit at Audible

Neil Gaiman 'Sandman' Seasons 2 and 3 Greenlit at Audible | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Morpheus is returning to your earbuds. Audible has greenlit two more seasons of “The Sandman,” based on Neil Gaiman’s popular graphic-novel series of the same name published by DC…
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Audiblegate! The incredible story of missing sales

Audiblegate! The incredible story of missing sales | Audiobook Business News | Scoop.it
Here's a tale of a giant in the tech and online retail industry you'll struggle to believe.
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