The audio recording is moving along. I am learning as I go so things are going to be rather choppy in the beginning. The sound of my own voice is a point of deep interest to me. What it sounds like inside my head versus what I hear on the recording is not the same thing at all. Evidently, blind terror renders me extremely monotoned. I am struggling with myself to read out loud in same manner that I read to myself in my mind. I have all sorts of inflection and stuff in there, but it is challenging to get myself to bring that out into the light of day. I can’t even say, with absolute certainty that it’s because I’m shy, since I’m not… really… anymore.
If anyone is interested, I’m using Audacity, a free audio recording program that you can download here. I went to Best Buy and bought a Snowball iCE microphone and a fairly decent set of headphones. My final purchase was a 1 TB external hard drive to back everything up on. The cost of getting this idea of mine started was less than $200. I even went to the trouble of making a small, sound deadening box out of stuff I had lying around. It works okay. If I shut all the windows, close my bedroom door and feed my two cats before I start, I can get a respectable recording. Mastering the track is a different matter. As I said, I’m learning as I go so the first ones will be the rawest.
One of the things I find the most interesting is the editing. I’ve been focused on two particular stories to kick off this project. Both of them have undergone major rewrites because of this. As soon as I started recording them all sorts of problems cropped up. I found a bunch of unnecessary information, as well as a ton of sentences that were simply too damn long. I tightened things up, recorded again and found myself changing more things. I think I’ve gotten them really close to their final form.
Take care and enjoy your cook-out on this fine Memorial Day. =)