The Complete Audiobook Production and Narration Course
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The Complete Audiobook Production and Narration Course

Whether you be an Author, Actor or Enthusiast - Learn How to Produce and Narrate Audiobooks Professionally A to Z
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4.6 (453 ratings)
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Last updated 12/2019
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This course includes
  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
  • 25 articles
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Make great audiobooks using proven techniques
  • Know the fundamentals of what makes audiobooks flow and work well
  • Understand how to create impactful and emotional audiobooks
  • Discover the psychology behind why certain narration techniques work
  • Develop a skill that can be applied to promote and enhance many areas of activity
Requirements
  • Students should know that they want to make quality audiobooks
  • Students do not need a fancy microphones or editing software to follow along with this course
  • The software we will use (Reaper) is available for $60 - the full version is a free demo for 60 days; however you will benefit from this course if already using another DAW
Description

* COURSE UPDATED APRIL 2019 *

Want to produce audiobooks that really catch attention and praise? Without spending excessive amounts of time and effort?

This online Audiobook Production and Narration course will teach you how to make great audiobooks using proven techniques and approaches.

This course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of audiobook production and narration by showing you the art and craft of producing and narrating audiobooks by showing you how to plan, record, perform and produce them. While there are other courses about making audiobooks, it's hard to find a course that gives you a step-by-step insight into making audiobooks professionally that really punch through the noise. Especially ones that use the latest performance and technical techniques.

This is the course for you, taught by a professional filmmaker and audiobook narrator who has personally narrated dozens of films and 20+ audiobooks on Audible. The principles and methods he teaches in this course can be applied by you today.

  • Learn what makes great audiobooks

  • Discover software and resources to help make your audiobooks shine

  • Learn how to use the principles and psychology of performance and acting to create outstanding audiobooks

  • Make your audiobooks using proven professional techniques

  • Discover tips on how to use a highly effective workflow when making your audiobooks

  • Make money using the audiobooks you make using the techniques and methods you will master in this course

Improve Your Audiobooks with This Complete Course

What makes me qualified to teach you?

I'm Paul, a professional documentary film director and audiobook narrator/producer with over 40 credits and more than 20 audiobooks on Audible (with many more in the pipeline) to my name. Plus, I'm the creator of popular courses on Udemy - with over 21,000 students and hundreds of 5-star reviews.

Regardless of your budget or experience level - you can make great audiobooks. Learn professional techniques that I use again and again.

If you want to learn how to make great audiobooks, this is the course for you.

My Promise to You

I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

I want to make this the best course on how to do amazing audiobooks, using the best software combined with performing knowledge. So if there is any way I can improve this course, just tell me and I'll make it happen.

The software we will use, Reaper, is available for $60 one-time fee - the full version is a free demo for 60 days. If you are already using another DAW, don't worry - you will still get great value out of the workflow and lessons in this course.

Dive Right In

This course dives right into making great audiobooks with immediate examples of where they are found and how they are used. You'll learn what makes great audiobooks, so that you can choose how to plan and make them each and every time. You'll learn how to structure, design and deliver those audiobooks to tell powerful and emotionally engaging stories.

Learn how to prepare and interpret the books.

Learn how established acting principles and techniques can be used to amplify the impact of your audiobooks.

Learn how to use freely available (free and paid) apps to improve your audiobook quality.

Learn how to use the right workflow so that you save time, money and energy.

Learn how to use your audiobook production and narration craft online.

Start making amazing audiobooks today!

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!

Cheers,

Paul

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone wanting to make better audiobooks
  • Anyone wanting to make some money with their audiobooks
  • Anyone wanting to know more about key concepts in the audiobook industry
  • This course is NOT for people who aren't interested in making better audiobooks
Course content
Expand all 81 lectures 07:42:30
+ Introduction to Audiobook Production and Narration
5 lectures 28:02
How to Use This Course
04:57
The Main Audiobook Production Platforms
03:41
Your Responsibilities as an Audiobook 'Producer'
03:24
+ Production - Recording Space & 'Treatment'
6 lectures 33:18
Room Treatment
09:48
Two Ways to Set Up Your Gear
00:20
My acoustic space
05:56
Alternative (and Better) Gear Setup
02:10
Exercise - Set up your recording space and Treatment
09:35
Vocal booth setup
05:29
+ Production - Recording Hardware & Software Setup
7 lectures 26:24
Minimum Recording Gear and Software
11:54
Exercise - Get Your Minimum Gear and Software Ready to Set Up
01:01
Setting Up the Digital Audio Interface
05:55
extra note re Digital Audio Interface settings
00:46
Exercise - Set Up YOUR Digital Audio Interface (if using one)
01:03
Setting up the Microphone
04:45
Exercise - Set up YOUR Microphone
01:00
+ Make Your Digital Audio Workstation (Reaper) a Dedicated Voice Over Machine
12 lectures 59:43
Acknowledgement and a Recommendation
00:19
Setting up Preferences in Reaper
12:48
Exercise - Setting Up YOUR Reaper Preferences
00:09
Exercise - Simplify YOUR Reaper Interface and Create Custom Menu
00:15
Customising Reaper - Part 2: Set Input and Output channels and Set Tracks
14:11
Exercise - Set your Input and Output paths and create and customise Tracks
00:18
Customising Reaper for Voice Over - Part 3: Screen Layout
13:02
Exercise - Create the custom layout in YOUR Reaper and save it as a template
00:16
Customising Reaper for Voice Over - Part 4: Setting Up Default FX chain
07:04
Exercise - Set Up Your Basic FX in Reaper
00:14
ADVANCED: Izotope RX settings
00:43
+ Recording
11 lectures 53:00
Setting Recording Options and then Recording
10:52
Exercise - Set Your Recording Options and Record Some Test Tracks
00:25
Introduction to the 3 Methods Used for Recording Audiobooks
03:04
'Open Recording' method #1: The 'Dog Clicker'
07:52
Exercise - Practice the Dog Clicker method
00:18
'Open Recording' Method #2: the Marker Method
07:59
How to get markers to 'follow' edits in the timeline
00:17
Exercise - Practice the Marker Method
00:22
Punch and Roll Recording - Part 1
10:29
Punch and Roll Recording - Part 2
10:51
Exercise - Set Reaper as per the #1 Punch and Roll lecture and practice!
00:28
+ Performance and Narration
19 lectures 01:34:25
The Art of Storytelling (and being a Storyteller) in Audiobooks
16:38
Framing and General Performance Preparation
08:33
Exercise - Listen to some Audible Samples
00:12
Volume and Finding Your Mid Range Voice
07:14
Exercise - Find Your Mid Range Voice
00:15
Tone
05:04
Exercise - Tone
00:16
Emphasis
07:15

Find one fiction, and one non-fiction, text - needs only be about a paragraph or so - and underline where you feel the emphasis needs to be in that paragraph. Which word, or short phrase, do you wish to 'hit'? 

Then try recording it in Reaper. Listen back. 

Did it work? 

Did you hit the right emphasis?

Exercise - Emphasis
00:13
Mouth Placement and Posture
05:20
Exercise - Placement
00:33
Inflection
03:59
Exercise - Inflection
00:12
Lilt and Cadence
05:41
Exercise - Lilt and Cadence
00:11
A Crash Course in Acting
12:15
Self Care and Voice Care - IMPORTANT!
13:14
+ Characters
2 lectures 08:05
Introduction to the Character Section of this Course
02:11
How much character background do I need?
05:54
+ Noise (and how to Reduce or Eliminate it)
5 lectures 37:55
Dealing with Noise
06:39
Using the (free) Reaper Noise Gate
09:45
Using ReaFir (free) to eliminate noise in a targeted way
04:52
Controlling Noise using an Expander (paid)
07:04
Controlling Noise using Spectral Noise reduction (paid)
09:35
+ Editing and Mastering Process
10 lectures 01:40:12
Creating a Room Tone Track
11:01
Editing - Sorting Out Chapters Starts and Ends
14:14
ADDENDUM: How to create the custom action, Make 4 Points and Decrease Envelope
00:32
Editing - How to convert Chapter Markers to Regions, ready for Rendering
07:26
Three-Step Audiobook Mastering in Reaper (using the free supplied plugins)
17:49
Batch Exporting (Rendering) Mastered Chapters from Reaper
12:01
Batch processing Reaper exports to comply with ACX technical specifications
14:41
Batch Converting ACX-ready audio files to MP3s
05:50
Checking that MP3s comply with ACX and uploading files to ACX
11:21
How to check mastered files in batch
05:17
+ Navigating the ACX Platform
1 lecture 07:23
Which books and authors to take on - and which to avoid
07:23