Audiobooks and Amateur Voice-Acting

*PLEASE LISTEN WITH EARPHONES*

(THERE ARE SOME SOUND EFFECTS THAT CAN ONLY BE HEARD WITH BOTH EAR BUDS)

Show Notes for this podcast:

0:08 – Introduction

0:19 – Today’s episode

0:39 “Audiobook” definition and varieties

1:13 – Introduction to Librivox

1:52 – Should Librivox use a rating system?

2:23 – Beginner voice-actors/audiobook narrators all need to start somewhere!

2:30 – Tips for beginner voice-actors:

2:34 – Tip #1: ensure your reading material is at eye-level so you don’t bend down to read (bending wears out your voice box)

3:06 – Tip #2: read nice and s…l…o…w…l…y, but with feeling!

3:47 – Text-to-voice software as an alternative to human audiofic/podfic readers

4:06 – “Audiofic” and “Podfic” definitions and benefits

4:20 – How to gain experience/get involved as a voice-actor/narrator

  • volunteer Librivox reader
  • dramatic reading for an audiofic group

4:34 – Ending Notes/Outro

Research:

Best YouTube Voice-Acting Tutorial/Tip Videos:

Jazza Studios. (2011, Aug 2). Voice Acting Tutorial! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hylrH__HunA

Sean Pratt. (2013, Aug 24). So…You want to be an audiobook narrator? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPzPi-_0Xi8

Librivox:

1fealsunai. (n.d.). Librivox – free audio books. Review Stream. Retrieved from: http://www.reviewstream.com/reviews/?p=122685

Cori. (2010, May 2). On the absence of ratings at LibriVox. To Posterity – and Beyond! [blog]. Retrieved from: http://piratelibrary.com/2010/on-the-absence-of-ratings-at-librivox

Editor. (2007, Jan 7). The Return of the Native Audiobook (Librivox). Reviews and More [blog]. Retrieved from: http://www.reviewsandmore.net/2007/01/07/the-return-of-the-native-audiobook-librivox/

Julie, D. (2010, March 12). My Favorite LibriVox Readers. Forgotten Classics. [blog]. Retrieved from: http://hcforgottenclassics.blogspot.ca/2010/03/my-favorite-librivox-readers.html

kosmo. (2009, Jan 9). Librivox (free audio books). The Soap Boxers. [blog]. Retrieved from: http://www.thesoapboxers.com/librivox-free-audio-books/

LibriVox Forums. (2011, Nov, 16). Quality of delivery? Retrieved from: https://forum.librivox.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=36873

LibriVoxer. (2011, July 31). Happy Birthday Librivox! LibriVox.org. Retrieved from: https://librivox.org/2011/07/31/happy-birthday-librivox-2/

Wood, M. (2008, Oct 1). LibriVox. M. E. Wood. [blog]. Retrieved from: http://www.m-e-wood.com/2008/10/librivox/

 

Other:

JelloApocalypse. (2013, Oct 19). Cucumber Quest Fan Dub: Chapter 0. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_U4NMb7vpU

The Tongue Twistr Tool. (n.d.). To Posterity – and Beyond! [blog]. http://piratelibrary.com/twistr/

 

Sound Bites:

AudioFanFictions. (2010, April 7). Wide Awake Ch.One Part 1. Retrieved from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqw3YhvEF6w&list=PL43735D8FAD0BBB9A

Karen Savage. (2007, Nov 26). Pride and Prejudice (version 3) [audiobook version]. Retrieved from: https://librivox.org/pride-and-prejudice-by-jane-austen-2/

 

Professional Voice-Actor Directory:

Top 100 Favorites This Week. (n.d.). Voices.com. http://www.voices.com/top100/favorites/thisweek

 

How to break into voice-acting:

Baker, D. B., (n.d.). I Want To Be A Voice Actor! http://iwanttobeavoiceactor.com/

Blum, S. (2012). How do I become a voice actor? Steve Blum Voices. http://www.steveblumvoices.com/?page_id=279

Poulos, G. (2002. Aug 12). Make A Break Into Anime Voice Acting. Animation World Network. http://www.awn.com/animationworld/make-break-anime-voice-acting

Three Minute Summaries. (2013, Apr 2). How to Become a Voice Over Actor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iukGeeHHTXY

 

Two popular YouTube audiofics:

Blaize K. (2014, Feb 5). [Audio Fic] Minato’s: The Art of Being Dead 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MVQd7ob1mw

ckat13. (2009, May 13). Scurry, Sniff, Flinch the AudioFic: ch.1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FHxDTZBhfI

 

Podfic Tips and Tutorials:

EmilianaDarling. (n.d.). A Beginner’s Guide to Making Podfic by EmilianaDarling. http://emilianadarling.tumblr.com/post/13193292007/a-beginners-guide-to-making-podfic-by-emilianadarling

paraka. (2011, Nov 7). Podfic 101 Tutorial. American Idol Podfic. http://ai-podfic.livejournal.com/26174.html

 

Music and Sound Effects:

bettsashl. (2011, Oct 14). Did You. https://www.freesound.org/people/bettsashl/sounds/131267/

“Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, Movement I (Allegro), BWV 1049” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

“Chipper Doodle v2” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

“Cipher” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

club sound. (2010, Oct 8). Mic feedback. https://www.freesound.org/people/club%20sound/sounds/106271/

“Easy Lemon (30 second)” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Erokia. (2014, Feb 13). Loading Screen Music [Time lift 1_3] https://www.freesound.org/people/Erokia/sounds/218854/

Erokia. (2013, March 1). Velatrisx – Ambient Loading Screen Music_3. https://www.freesound.org/people/Erokia/sounds/179287/

Flick3r. (2008, Feb 18). Rezzo 2. https://www.freesound.org/people/Flick3r/sounds/48542/

geoneo0. (2013, June 7). Four Voices Whispering. https://www.freesound.org/people/geoneo0/sounds/193812/

Lemoncreme. (2013, Dec 22). Guitar Music.

https://www.freesound.org/people/Lemoncreme/sounds/211492/

lonemonk. (2010, July 9). Approx 5000-Crowd Noise. https://www.freesound.org/people/lonemonk/sounds/100840/

milton. (2010, June 26). Game programmer sound set, fruit machine » music bonus.

https://www.freesound.org/people/milton./sounds/99986/

“Moon Lounge Omicron Prime” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Puniho. (2011, March 17). Stretched Canvas Drum. https://www.freesound.org/people/Puniho/sounds/116678/

RobertWulfman. (2014, Feb 26). In The Studio » incorrectly setting up a microphone. https://www.freesound.org/people/RobertWulfman/sounds/220854/

“Silly Fun” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

suonho. (2008, June 29). Ambiant Crystal. https://www.freesound.org/people/suonho/sounds/56364/

“The Forest and the Trees” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

“Wallpaper” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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