The more formats you can offer your book in the better as each one represents an additional revenue stream. In spite of this, many authors fight shy of audio thinking it is a difficult and time consuming exercise.
Surprisingly it isn’t as complex as you would think and once you have done one, it gets progressively easier. I produced an audio book of one of my longish short stories which as it was written in dialect, suited the audio format well. Please, note that you have to edit your book in assignment writing service before audio recording.
Audio files take the form of several formats with MP3 being the most commonly used and the one I chose for my story. This is a very basic tutorial which explains what is need and how to set up the recording equipment.
You will need:
- Suitable software
- A computer to run it
- A microphone to record
Lots of this available but I to used Audacity. This is an excellent programme which is easy to use and gives very good results. It is also free!
Your first task is to download.
Make sure that you download the correct version for your computer set up. In most cases it will be Windows or Mac.
Very important! To create MP3 files with Audacity you must also download and install the LAME MP3 encoder. You will see the download link for it on the same page as the Audacity download.
HOW TO INSTALL AUDACITY & LAME MP3
You need to look for the Audacity installer which suits your operating system. It is an executable file. Just click it and follow the onscreen instructions. (Dead easy!)
Lame Mp3 Encoder
You also need to install the Lame Mp3 encoder. The link is on the download page along with other plugins you might like to add, but are not necessary for the purpose of this tutorial.
You will need a microphone to record your voice. You can pay all kinds of prices but there is no need to splash out on a really expensive model, but it is worth noting that sound quality tends to improve in proportion to price! A unidirectional, dynamic-type microphone is a good option to start with.
Ebay lists microphones at all prices and specifications. Just ensure that you select one that works with your PC or Mac!
When you are ready to record, plug your microphone into your soundcard’s mike input. Where you find this will vary depending on your computer spec. On mine it is a little pink socket at the rear of my computer.
Launch Windows’s Volume Control. You may see the icon, it looks like a loud hailer in the bottom right hand corner of your desk top. If not:
Navigate to: Programs|Accessories|Entertainment|Volume Control
On Volume Control in the upper left hand corner Click: Options and highlight Properties
Make sure you put a check in the Select box under where it says MIC
The Volume switch can be adjusted using the slider control as you begin to do your recording.
Open Audacity and select New from the File menu.
From the Edit menu select Preferences/Quality
Ensure the bit rate is 32 bit and sample rate is 44100
From Edit menu select Preferences/Audio I/O
Ensure Channels is set to stereo.
Click the Red record button at the top of the task pane and begin speaking.
You can use the other buttons to pause and stop.
You can explore the other menu options to play around with your recording, but for now save your work to an easily remembered place on your computer.
The file will be saved in Audacity’s own file format which is .aup This file can only be read by Audacity. To play it on the web or any other device you need to convert it to a compatible format.
Provided you installed the LAME MP3 encoder correctly you will be able to export a copy of the file as an MP3 or other audio format.
Click File and select Export.
Select MP3 from the options and save.