For example, let’s use the sentence: “The frog jumped over his head, and landed in the water.” Imagine we’ve decided we want a “boing” sound for the jump and a splash when the frog hits the water.
If the boing is placed under the word “jumped,” it could muddy the word “jump” and will have less impact than if you place it at the comma after “head.” Likewise with the splash: if placed under the word water, we lose the impact of the better timing of having it after the word “water.” It’s like comedic timing. Timing is everything, both with jokes – and with sound effects. The other thing to note in this sentence is that we’d want the narrator to vocally suggest the “jump” that is then, in part, setting up the sound when it comes.
As you can see, we think about these things and have a deep understanding of production and theatricality that we apply to your children’s audiobook.
We’ll work with you in our preparation process to select and place music and sound effects to enhance the enjoyability of your book and keep your listeners happily engaged.