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1. Slow down.
2. Cough drops! Water! Tea! Cough drops!
3. Voices are hard.
4. Apparently I'm very soft-spoken in my normal voice, and volume needs to be added in the editing process.
5. Cover my computer tower with blankets and a pillow to block sound! ...but leave the fan open in the back or it will catch fire.
6. Close the window, too.
7. Better to do wacky voices and recite kissing scenes when no one else is in the house to hear you and ask embarrassing questions.
8. Cough drops!
9. Goldwave is my fav audio program ever, ever, ever.
10. Noise Reduction>pre-set>light hiss removal>adjust to Y-88.00
11. Noise Reduction>use clipboard> sample CNTL+C from hiss-only 1 second, also for whine.
12. Take gaps between paragraphs to allow for water, cough drops, and ease in the editing process later.
13. Let my normal voice narrate. Penny is slightly higher, while Sheldon talks in abrupt stops and starts with a more flat tone across the board, unless he's pulling a Barney moment.
14. Don't slip into a sing-song pattern. Stop slightly after each sentence and treat it as its own.
15. When you record something aloud, every run-on sentence makes itself known to you, and you realize no amount of 'artistic' liberality will excuse that kind of thing. Your high school teacher was right. (Unless you're Jane Austen.)
16. I average 100-120 words a minute.

17. The loose and arty story structure favored by many fanfic authors on LJ just does not work on audio, I'm finding. Straightforward narrative is a lot easier, because when listening to the audio format you don't have the visual cues from paragraph style (or lack thereof) to give you hints like you do in the text format.

Date: 2009-06-16 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gojira007.livejournal.com
All good advice. :3

Date: 2009-06-16 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-spin.livejournal.com
I think it's so cool that you're doing podfic! It's something i've always though about trying but have never actually gotten around to.

every run-on sentence makes itself known to you, and you realize no amount of 'artistic' liberality will excuse that kind of thing. Your high school teacher was right.

and haha, I am soooo guilty of this that it's not funny.

Date: 2009-06-17 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evilredmenace.livejournal.com
This is excellent advice, thank you!

I have been playing around with putting together a podfic within the last year, and was never satisfied with the editing programs that I had at my disposal... it always seemed like a really cumbersome process unless I read it all without messing up.

Is Goldwave user friendly? Do you break up episodes by story, chapter, time frame? Any input on this would be fabulous!

Date: 2009-06-17 01:36 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rashaka.livejournal.com
I wrote a step-by-step here for what I do. I've only done short fics so far, around 2-6 minutes, so they've been single-track. For longer I'd probably break it up by chapter if the chapters were 600-1,000 words, or if longer, then every five minutes or so. With Goldwave I can cut and paste as long or short as I want, so I usually record the whole story (albeit shorter stories), mess-ups and all, then go back and cut out my errors or repeated sections. Sometimes I'll say a line 3 or 4 times until I get it right. There's no chance of you reading more than two paragraphs without messing up, trust me. It just happens.

Goldwave is a little intimidating...I use version, 5.05, which is out of date, but I've never had problems so I'd never updated it. Once you figure out how the selection markers work, it's easier, and then it's just a matter of browsing the menus to achieve what you want. It's got extreme fine-tuning for audio editing and control, so most of the time I don't even know how to use the settings. But there's some easy-user pre-sets in there that I found. Until last week, all I ever did with it for the last four years was to remove long pauses in the beginning or end of the file, to raise the volume, or to save it as a different file type. Oh, and it can split files nicely every few minutes if you have a six-hour-long audiobook. But beyond those surface features, this is the first time I've really tried editing with it.

I'd suggest trying the trial version of it. Then either buy or hunt around for the full version if you like it.

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