With so many choices today to record your book you are left wondering why the different costs, who is actually the best company or individual to collaborate on your next audio book recording and who is simply loaded too much? It is a familiar question and one that we will investigate for the next few minutes.
In fact, when the economy struck back in 2008, 2009 entered, many individuals who lost their jobs, along with low-priced equipment and tools, thought that they would try their hand as a voice over talent and career in the audio world. No one would break anyone trying to create new opportunities. It has really happened in many careers and areas today in one form or in a way. The technology has made it easier to enter the field, but has really moved the playing field and confused many authors and publishers.
The short and long of it depends on where the talent is on the food chain and how desperate they are for work, determines how low they go, cost-sensitive. Yes, that sounds good, you say, and it can really be. The problem is the lack of recording experience, combined with lower end equipment and lack of good and quiet recording space, has really lowered the bar in quality. Have you heard any of the audiobook and podcast quality out there lately? Some of it is quite good, but so much of it is fair to poor quality.
And thats the problem that many authors face when they try to get into the audio book market. How much should I pay and what is really a bargain? You do not want to buy the low cost car, but you can not afford or simply do not want to buy Mercedes, just to find out that the Toyota Camry production company actually sounds better and its cheaper.
In order to facilitate the process of reviewing, lets look at some factors. To begin with be careful when working with someone who has come from one of the many voice over farms for several reasons. The biggest is the audio sample youre listening to - Has it been recorded in their home theater or has it been recorded in another studio to make it more polished to help them get started in the business? That is really one of the big questions. The second problem of speaking speakers, promoted by a general online company in the voice over farm business, is that they work to promote and receive monthly fees from their talent of talent listed with them, whether they are they are good or not, or if their recording and gear are good or not. Will you hear the lobes from your head, overhead lights, hard drives in your computer along with planes and dogs that bark outside? There is one thing to wish for affordable production, but it is another to produce poor quality production.
What you can look for in general, searches for the sound of the talent you are looking for and goes directly to the specific company. The companies are not too long companies in this competitive environment, if they are not good, have poor service or just do not perform. Its not true for the individual, who may have given up his career over a career, but still hangs the hat somewhere online and hopes for a small project here and there. They will be on time, have good production skills and recording techniques - its a question and one that I would think of before answering talented talents.
Finally, think about the time your book has taken to write, edit, and complete. Would you really consider hiring a person or company for the part who can not or will not deliver the quality and expectations you have? Finding the most competitive talent or company to work with is one thing, but being cheap is another. I do not think you want to be cheap about your audio book production. It sounds cheap, strikes that way and probably will not go anywhere fast.