What Would YOU Tell Kevin?

by | Sep 30, 2013 | Audiobooks, Home studio, Mics

customer serviceNovember 24, 2009 I wrote one of the shortest blogs of my career. BEST MIC FOR AUDIOBOOKS.  I must’ve been really lazy or awfully busy that day.

Regardless, THAT blog must’ve shown up in a search somewhere, ’cause I got the following comment to the blog yesterday:

I’m looking to finally create my audio book for my autobiography, The Courage To Believe. What would be the best type of mic and/or features on a Microphone that I should lookout for. Also, what should I have in my room that I’ll be doing the recording to maintain a quality sound?

I don’t know Kevin, and I don’t know what to say to Kevin.

But when I read his comment, here were my first thoughts, in order:

  1. Oh boy, another author who thinks he’s also a narrator. (OK, some authors can narrate their own books, but the vast majority of them should never try  — according to my unscientific research)
  2. How do you even BEGIN to explain the choosing of mics if you are not part of the voice-acting community?  Is that something I want to try to explain to a newbie?  In what depth?
  3. Similarly how does one even BEGIN to explain room treatment, and recording environments to the uninitiated?
  4. Am I making this too complicated?
  5. What is the proper level of response to Kevin without being discouraging or condescending?

I consider it my customer service responsibility to reply to anybody and everybody who comments on a blog article.  First of all, I WANT people to respond to my thoughts, and the only way to encourage that is to actually answer back.  BTW, Paul Strikwerda is a master at this on his blog.  Am I right?

So, while I conjure up a response that is appropriate, I encourage you to do so as well.  Go to the original article:  BEST MIC FOR AUDIOBOOKS, and let Kevin know what you think he should do.  Or just respond to TODAY’S blog with your thoughts.

And while you’re at it, I invite you to check again here tomorrow, as I want to dissect this general thought process of appropriate responses, relationships, social media, and…patience.  I’m going to wrap it around an embarrassing story from my own time as a VO newbie, and the lesson it taught me.





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