I recently worked with Iona Baim to produce her new book ‘Own It’. Iona was sent all the equipment including a portable booth, that she set up in her own home. I the connected to her over the internet and recorded her.
Here is an example of the audio produced
Own It By Iona Baim – Retail Sample
That’s Another Story Told invites authors to share short stories that are unpublished with professional audiobook narrators who record them.
The idea is simple. As an audiobook narrator I want to connect with as many authors as possible. Most authors now understand the importance of getting their books out in audio, but for a variety of reasons, they may have concerns about jumping into the world of audiobooks. This podcast allows them to dip their toes in the water.
How does it work?
As a narrator get in touch with authors you are working with or would like to work with and ask if they have a story they would like to share on the podcast. You record it. We upload the episode including promotional information about the author and the narrator.
Authors if you want a story included but don’t have a narrator, we can introduce to a few voices.
The only rule is that we reserve the right to not include stories that have content that could cause significant offense.
No money exchanges hands. This is purely a co-promotional activity with the aim of getting more authors and narrators connected to wider audiences.
Back in Febuary 2012 the first Raspberry Pi computer was released by the Raspberry Pi foundation. Designed by programmers and comuter designers who had grown up learning to code on old school PCs like he BBC computers in schools. These fantastic playing card size devices have been an amazing tool for learning and people have used them to creat everything from robots to weather measuring devices and pretty much anything else you can think of.
The latest version of the Raspberry pi is the most powerful yet and can easily work as a simple desktop computer. The Raspberry Pi 4 can come with up to 8gb of RAM which is easily enough to run a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
This got me thinking…..
Could i record an audiobook on a raspberry pi??
Well in short..the answer is yes. The Pi 4 is powerful enough I think to do the job, but it also has another great attribute…the pi is silent and if you are recording with your computer in your studio then silence is golden.
There are drawbacks to the pi, however and the biggest is the lack of DAWs that will run on its Linux based OS. However there are a couple that do Ardour (i will be showing you how i used that), Audacity (many Narrators use this) and also Reaper have now released a Pi friendly version of their DAW. The other downside is that many of the Plugins available to MAC and PC users are not available on the PI. Having said that there is a pretty clever bunch of Open Source bods making some pretty good plugins. Check out Calf Studio Gear for a start.
However for the money and the sound of silence I thought it had be worth a go. ….
Yes but can i punch and roll?? With a Raspberry Pi?
Well in short…yes!
The pi also has one other thing going for it. It is very very GREEN. The power consumption is tiny compared to normal home computers. I love the idea of building a totally sustainable zero emissions recording studio one day and i think a few Raspberry Pi’s would be at the heart of it.
Here is a 3 minute sample of the RAW audio that i produce in my Studio. This is here so you can get a sense of the quality of my studio. Because of this excellent starting point I have to add very little processing and therefore the finished Audio you get will be of the highest sonic standards.
When onboarding new team members they will inevitably have to read the Employee handbook and various policy and procedure documents. These documents often contain important legal information, which is not always the most engaging to read. In this video I show you how a relatively small investment in Voice Over can make the process far more engaging.