BOSS Audio: Mastering Audiobooks

with Tim Tippets

Do you need help fine-tuning your audiobook production? Anne and VO Tech Guru Tim Tippets, discuss the tools you need to create amazing audio for audiobooks that stand out from the crowd. This episode will help you understand how to correctly normalize your audio rather than using a plug-in and getting your audio to the required specs. Listen in to learn why being a better editor is a valuable skill for every #VOBOSS.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. RMS (root mean square) normalization averages the overall sound of the audio, making the peaks quieter, and the lower parts louder. 

  2. The standard RMS levels for ACX (and most audiobook production companies) requirements are between -18 and -23

  3. You don’t want the listener to constantly reach for their volume button, so you want to average out the overall level of the audio

  4. There are plug-ins available to adjust your RMS, but using some of these can make your audio sound unnatural and overly pushed

  5. After normalizing to -3db, you can use responsible compression (with a threshold set to just below your peak levels and attack set to zero) to achieve your target RMS

  6. If you have the better sound coming out of your studio, the more chance that you’re going to get the gig

  7. You can’t just record an audiobook from your living room. You need a pro studio to compete

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Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Learn about audio submission requirements for ACX

  2. Learn more about audio by taking Tim’s Courses!

  3. Hear more about tech with Anne and Tim here

  4. Recorded on ipDTL

Full Episode Transcript

>> It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premiere Business Owner Strategies and Successes being utilized by the industry’s top talent today. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS! Now let’s welcome your host, Anne Ganguzza.

Anne: Hey everyone! Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my very favorite audio engineer, Mr. Tim Tippets! Hey Tim, how are ya?

Tim: Hey Anne. I’m good, how are you doing?