Recording refinements

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!

By Larry Winger

Retired scientist, devoted diarist (AllendaleDiary.org), community-minded aspirant novelist, I've lived on a smallholding in the East Allen Valley for the past 30 years, delighting in watching our family grow up, in experiencing the development of our grandsons, and in taking care of our small flock of chickens and garden.

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  1. Perhaps another avenue you could take, if you are chronicling your writing efforts here and also recording your book is to create a podcast; have other new writers as guests, detailing their journeys, tips and tricks etc…. It can also be an effective marketing tool, I am told.

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    1. This whole blog is meant to be a kind of marketing tool, but also a learning device, or a record of my own journey. I didn’t record any of my odyssey in the main event, the novel Biome NE47 which is waiting for all the marketing travail, but I thought I’d try to develop a sense of how I’ve gone about creating the Prequel. Partly just to be able to look back at the times of gloom or joy, assuming I do get finished with this exercise, and also as a kind of diary of thoughts and encouragements along the way. If a podcast were feasible, with other new writers gleaned from across the world, would the experience be in the form of a recorded Zoom session, perhaps, or a Q/A session with recorded responses that could slot into recorded questions? I now have personal experience of shepherding a 115k novel through six drafts, and another 50k of a Prequel. But words are one thing, and readers who are intrigued enough to read through to the end are quite another!

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