One of the most common questions I get from ambitious and frugal authors is, “can I just record an audiobook with my phone’s built-in mic and an app?” So in today’s episode, we’ll explore how it’s possible…but by no means simple. I’ll cover the three main hurdles in phone recording; the sound quality, file type, and technical specs of your recording space. Hear side-by-side samples of recordings from phone mics, USB mics, and professional recording equipment to discern the quality difference. We’ll explore the possibilities and limitations of recording apps, as well as how file type and compression affect quality. Plus, learn about noise floor and room tone, and how their presence in DIY recordings can get your self-produced audiobook rejected by platforms. Dive in, see what it takes, and decide for yourself if this might be the DIY option for you!

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Notes

Learn:

  • Three main hurdles in phone recording; the sound quality, file type, and technical specs of your recording space.
  • Possibilities and limitations of recording apps, as well as how file type and compression affect quality.