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THE DIY DILEMMA:

IS SELF-RECORIDNG YOUR AUDIOBOOK THE RIGHT MOVE? 6 KEY CONSIDERATIONS.

Recording an audiobook yourself can offer flexibility, authenticity and perhaps some cost savings.  However it also comes with several potential disadvantages.  Some things to think about include: Do you have or can rent a studio and equipment to record it? Do you know how to and have the expertise to properly master audio files and produce a finished product? Do you have the time to experiment to figure out how to do it?  Will the end product be of high quality enough to pass ACX standards and be marketable? 

Below are the top 6 things to consider before making the decision to self-record your audiobook.

Quality: Achieving professional audio quality can be challenging without proper equipment, acoustics, and technical expertise. Poor audio quality can detract from the listening experience and reflect negatively on your brand.

 

Time-Consuming: Recording, editing, and mastering an audiobook is a time-intensive process. It requires meticulous attention to detail and numerous takes to ensure a polished final product. This can be particularly demanding for authors with limited time or resources.

 

Narration Skills: Effective audiobook narration requires more than just reading aloud. It involves conveying emotion, maintaining consistency in character voices (for fiction), and sustaining listener engagement throughout. Authors may lack the necessary vocal training or experience to deliver a compelling performance without an audiobook producer.

 

Fatigue and Stamina: Narrating a full-length audiobook can be physically and mentally taxing. Maintaining consistent energy and vocal clarity over extended recording sessions can lead to fatigue and diminished performance quality.

 

Cost: While recording your audiobook may seem cost-effective at first glance, investing in professional equipment, editing software, can incur significant expenses. In some cases, outsourcing narration to a professional narrator may be more cost-effective in the long run.

 

Distribution Limitations: All audiobook distribution platforms have specific requirements for audio quality and formatting. Self-recorded audiobooks may not meet these standards, limiting your distribution options and potential reach.

IN SUMMARY

While self-recording an audiobook offers creative control and personalization, authors should carefully weigh these potential disadvantages against the benefits before embarking on the recording process.  With over fifteen years of experience, our nationwide network of studios provides an inspiring and comfortable atmosphere for nurturing a creative performance.  But it doesn’t end there,  Phase 3 Studios will take the reins of the entire process, seamlessly guiding your audiobook journey from discovering exceptional voice talent, recording, editing, mastering and ultimately, distribution. Our distribution capability includes platforms like Audible, Apple Books, Spotify, Google and many others. Contact us today to get your audiobook started.



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Welcome to Phase 3 Studios, the leading destination for crafting high quality audiobooks for self-publishers. With over fifteen years of experience, our nationwide network of studios provides an inspiring and comfortable atmosphere for nurturing a creative performance.

At Phase 3 Studios, we take the reins of the entire process, seamlessly guiding your audiobook journey from discovering exceptional voice talent, recording, editing, mastering and ultimately, distribution. Our distribution capability includes platforms like Audible, Apple Books, Spotify, Google and many others.

We’ve had the honor of working with multiple New York Times best-selling authors, affirming the trust they place in Phase 3 Studios—a testament to the quality of our services. The opportunity is yours to get started—reach out to us and let’s start the realization of your audiobook dream today!

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How long does it take to create an audiobook?

When we produce an audiobook, we work as efficiently as possible to ensure both a smooth and timely production.  For an average six-hour audiobook, production time is typically between 6 and 8 weeks from first day of record.  This would include recording, editing, proofing, mastering, QC approvals and submission to distributor platforms.  The timeline can also be affected by factors such as casting, talent availability, studio availability and any other unforeseen delays.

I don’t have the funds to do this at the moment. Is there another way or payment options?

As with all business ventures, an initial investment is required and producing an audiobook is no different.  Standard payment terms are 50% at the start and the balance due prior to distribution.  We do accept credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard, and other payment types including Venmo and PayPal.

Plus, the sooner you get started, the sooner you will be able to recoup your investment and start making money with your audiobook.

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We provide top quality talent and gear to make your project the best it can be.

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We have studios located across the country for easy access to professional recording.

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Top publishers trust us to deliver a quality experience for the author and quality book delivered on-time.

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Three decade’s experience working with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, over hundreds of projects. Meticulous attention to detail and an artisan-like approach to our craft set Phase 3 Studios apart. We bring all of that to your audiobook project, no matter how large or small, executed with our signature “guaranteed smoothness”, for award-winning results on your project.

Whatever your audiobook needs may be, Phase 3 Studios has got you covered. We are committed to delivering excellence and exceeding your expectations. Don’t hesitate – give us a call today to embark on your audiobook journey with us!