An audiobook (or a talking book) is a recording of a book or other large work being read out loud.
Producing an audiobook consists of a narrator sitting in a recording booth reading the text, while a studio engineer/director record and direct the performance. The audio is then often provided to major online publishing houses to undergo quality assurance before online distribution on channels like amazon, audible, Spotify and many others.
In 2020, Deloitte predicts, the global audiobook market will grow by 25 percent to US$3.5 billion.
Not only are they useful for the visually impaired but for anyone who enjoys to read but can’t seem to find the time. Australia is a huge country and the daily commute can be quote long. Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time. Whether on the train or in your car, you can listen to them just about anywhere. They are often be a great way to utilise the travel time. It’s nice to be able to close your eyes and be transported somewhere completely different. Your imagination is the limit. Alternatively, you can learn something new by listening to an informative audio book such as A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.
At Magic Studios we bring Audio books to life.
There are usually two methods of voice over productions and both have pros and cons.
Why not read your own novel? Apart from the cost savings there are some other major benefits.
The author knows the content better than anyone else and because of this can better predict and accentuate the emotion and important points of a script.
The author will often have a key relationship within the topic and this means the listener will relate better to the character and personality.
Have you ever searched for a book to listen to? Perhaps you didn’t enjoy the voices that were narrating? At Magic Studios we specialise in dialogue recording and editing and would love to help you record your Audio book.
You can pick from a range of voice over artists available on our website. Most of our artists have experience in character voices and narration and we even have an international database if you are searching for a specific accent. If you would like to make it a little more personal or are on a tighter budget, you can come into the studio and record it yourself using your own voice. We have state of the art equipment and audio engineers who are more than happy to help, regardless of your knowledge about recording audiobooks.
Picking the right voice actor is crucial to a good audio book as they are at the heart of your production. For smaller audio books you can often have multiple voice actors, such as one per character, or one for male lines and one for female lines. When you get into larger audiobooks to assist with keeping costs down we would recommend using one voice actor who can do several voices. If budget allows then multiple voices are definitely recommended to bring more characters to life.
The term ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ applies very much to the production of an audio book also. Unless your book is extremely short, it can take several days, even weeks or months for the voice talent to complete the audio book. Most voice actors can do 2 to 3 hours of recording at any given time before their voice starts to fatigue. Characters with a vivacious personality require a lot of effort from a voice actor to keep the sound consistent and can lose that charm faster compared to a more relaxed character read style. Therefore multiple recording sessions are recommended to preserve the narrators’ voice and the intensity of a character. Our voice overs are able to maintain the tone of the book and characters from one session to another. It is important that the listeners hear a seamless cover to cover narration.
Depending on the length of the book, these can be quite extensive projects. It roughly takes the same amount of time to edit as it does to record, so generally each hour will be two hours of studio time. As a rough guide to estimate script length, we generally work on the estimate of about 130 words per minute.
At Reading Length you can search for your favourite book and find out how long it will take to record at 130 Words Per Minute (remember reading in your head is quicker than narrating). If you are unsure and need assistance in working out the script duration or costs give us a call on 1300 100 333.
When it comes to recording audiobooks there are generally two components.
This is the cost of recording, editing and mixing the audio. This includes voice over, recording, editing and final mastering.
Typically, the average length for most audio books is 60,000 to 70,000 words. This takes about 10-11 hours to listen too so to voice and record the audio with pick-ups (corrections) editing and mastering. We also normally allow approximately 20-25 hours studio hire. For larger projects we offer a reduced hourly rate of just $120+gst per hour in the studio including sound engineer/director. For a self-read project, the approximate cost is about $3000+gst depending out your reading ability. Remember you may find other studios may be cheaper but Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.
Most e-book publication houses create a royalty share agreement. You pay a certain percentage of the sales revenue that the book receives. For example, if you have a 25% royalty share scheme and the book sells for $8, the publisher gets $2 of the $8. As you can probably tell, how much money you earn depends heavily on how many sales your book gets. Publication of Australian audio books overseas is a midfield. Magic studios have several quality publishing partners and can assist with both domestic and international audiobook publication
Recording an audio book can be a difficult but very financially rewarding task. Magic Studios as decades of experience in audio recording and editing to make the process as easy as possible. More importantly we have the voice talent to deliver a quality result every time.
If you have any questions about the recording process or pricing, feel free to send us an email of give us a call on 1300 100 333.