A challenge, identified by a recording expert in the family, is on track to being rectified: with my mouth only a couple inches from the Blue Yeti microphone, the iPad positioned at eye level above that, I can read softly and intimately, while keeping my sound levels within tolerance, as GarageBand records the narrative.
We’re likely to add a sphere of acoustic foam around the microphone, to further reduce ambient noise, along with an integral pop filter to help eliminate those nasty plosives.
Then, when the technical side is sorted, I’m to embark on a 30 minute vocal warm-up routine before settling down to a reading shift. That’s in addition to my attempted deployment of all the acting skills I can manage to incorporate into the reading. With nice modulation, variation in tone and pitch to keep the listener awake and interested.
It’s all looking like a determined effort to get the best out of my voice and to deliver the most delightful and comfortable listening experience possible. As such, it’s really a bit of incredible fun. And I’m only a few thousand words short of a completed Chapter 3!