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  • Interview - Unveiling Efficiency: Revolutionizing Audiobook Production with Pozotron

    Welcome to the innovative realm of Pozotron, a powerhouse in scripted audio production. In our exclusive conversation with Adam, the CEO, discover how Pozotron's suite of AI-powered tools transforms audiobook narration. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice, Pozotron's features streamline the proofing process, offer pronunciation guidance, and facilitate collaboration. Dive into the company's culture of flexibility, transparency, and collaboration, and learn how AI is harnessed to enhance efficiency without replacing human narrators. Hear success stories, explore upcoming features, and stay ahead of industry trends. Ready to level up your audiobook production? LET’S GO!!! Introduction to Pozotron: Thanks so much for chatting with us today, Adam! Can you provide a brief overview of Pozotron for our readers who may be unfamiliar with your software? Pozotron is a suite of software powered by AI that can significantly reduce the time required for scripted audio production. Our tools cover both pre and post-production processes, making it easier for anyone working in scripted audio production to be more efficient and focus more on the creative aspects of their project. One of our more well-known tools is the Proofing Tool, which compares your recorded audio to your manuscript and provides you with a list of potential pickups for your review. We also offer Script Preparation Tools that can help prevent these pickups from occurring in the first place by speeding up your pronunciation research and character voice planning. If you're new to Pozotron, we recommend visiting our website or watching our Introductory Demo to learn more about our software. Proof Listening and Error Detection: One of the key features of Pozotron is its ability to proofread for mistakes in audiobook narration. Can you explain how this process works and the benefits it brings to narrators and producers? Our proofing algorithm matches your manuscript text to the narrated audio and catches every mispronunciation, inserted word, missed word, and long pause. It can also identify noises that shouldn’t be there, like background noise outside your booth or any distortions or clips. You can think of it as a “spell check” for your audio files. This helps narrators and producers massively because it allows you to speed up the proofing process by quickly working through all the pickups that need to be fixed. It can also automatically produce pickup reports and DAW markers that help you fix these pickups efficiently as well. Script Preparation Tools: Pozotron offers script preparation tools, such as a pronunciation guide and character reference sheet. How do these tools assist narrators in preparing for their recordings? Pozotron’s script preparation tools are essentially designed to stop pickups before you start recording. It helps narrators and voice-over actors to be more accurate while speeding up their pre-production research. The best example I can give is to imagine getting to the end of recording a novel, just to realize that the main character’s name was mispronounced hundreds of times throughout the book. The time it would take to fix this would be staggering and our tools help to avoid situations like this (and fix them if they happen). We have multiple tools available, but the most well-known ones are the Pronunciation Research Guide and Character Voice Guide. The Pronunciation Research Guide scans your manuscript and extracts all the complex, rare, and foreign words you may not know how to pronounce. Then when you add them to your research list, it will automatically look up the correct pronunciation in your chosen pronunciation dictionary. The Character Voice Guide automatically scans for character names in a manuscript and provides a user interface to record character voices, insert character notes, and customize accent cues. Integration with Dictionaries: You mentioned that the software integrates with dictionaries for reference. Can you go into this a little more? How does this integration streamline the research process for narrators, and what types of dictionaries are available? Within our Script Prep Tools, we have multiple integrated dictionaries. The main ones are Oxford (GB & US), Merriam-Webster, and Forvo, which are pulled in automatically if the pronunciation exists in their database. We also support multiple languages in Forvo, including English, Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Dutch You also have one-click access to search for the pronunciation of that word in Merriam-Webster, Oxford, Forvo, Youglish, Onelook, and HowJSay. Finally, if the pronunciation doesn’t exist or you prefer to input your research, you can record custom pronunciation audio snippets and phonetic text as well. This can help streamline your pre-production process since it’s all pulled together automatically, compared with manual search and input pronunciations. Collaboration and Sharing Features: The ability to share pronunciations and character notes seems like a unique and collaborative aspect of Pozotron. How does this feature work? Put simply, you have the option to share your pronunciation guide and character voice guide with anyone outside of Pozotron in multiple ways. You can share access to the project, allowing other users to contribute to the work, or in a read-only format using our “Shareable Online Packet”. What this does is allow you to bring in other parties that may have more knowledge about the pronunciation of words or the ideal performance for a character. What’s more, it doesn't cost you or your collaborator at all! This is great for a wide variety of scenarios, but a good example is when you need to collaborate with an author on a particularly tricky script, like a Sci-Fi novel where there may be numerous fictional (and made up!) character names and places. Being able to work together before the recording even begins can be a huge time saver for everyone involved. All our features allow for collaboration with multiple users using the SHARE button on the top right of each Pozotron page! Company Culture and Values: As the CEO, can you share some insights into Pozotron's company culture and values, especially in serving the audiobook industry? As a team, we have set clear company values that govern all our day-to-day interactions (with each other, customers, and potential customers). Our core team values are flexibility, friendliness, transparency, and collaboration. We especially prioritize providing excellent customer service, because we believe it can greatly impact a customer's overall experience with a product or service. If something goes wrong, we want our customers to know that we will respond quickly and resolve the issue for them as fast as possible. One thing we do often is take note of instances when we’ve each received bad customer service from other companies and use those experiences to learn and improve our internal practices. Our goal is to ensure that every customer feels valued and supported throughout their interactions with our company. A.I.: I think all of us narrators are nervous about how A.I. will affect the industry. How does Pozotron prioritize innovation and stay responsive to the evolving needs of the audiobook narration community? Our top priority has always been to ensure the security of the data that passes through Pozotron. We do not share any information outside of Pozotron and only use the data to improve and refine our algorithms in accordance with our terms of service. This makes our software more accurate and effective for all our users. In our case, AI is being used to make narrators and voice-over actors more efficient and NOT to replace them. If anyone wishes to learn more about how we use data, we suggest reading our terms of service for a better understanding, reading this FAQ on our use of AI and customer data, or watching the webinar we recorded in February 2023 on AI and Data Use. User Feedback and Success Stories: What kind of feedback have you received from users of Pozotron, and are there any success stories or notable instances where the software made a significant impact on a project? The most common feedback we hear from users is that it is a “lifesaver” for those recording scripted audio, as it has saved them an incredible amount of time. This is exactly what we are hoping for, as time is money, and the more efficient the workflow, the better for everyone involved. We’ve got a ton of them listed on our Testimonials page on our website. The one that stands out the most for me is from one of our Publisher customers, who on one of their first projects they ran through Pozotron cut their post-production time in half. If memory serves, they had budgeted for 35 hours for QC and completed the work in 17. When he shared that story at the next staff meeting, the collective gasp shocked him! How does user feedback influence the ongoing development and improvement of Pozotron? User feedback has been incredibly valuable to our company over the years. Many of the features that are implemented in Pozotron Studio came from user feedback and suggestions. It is important to us that we build something helpful and easy to navigate. Our Scan Occurrences tool, for example, which allows you to enter a word and Pozotron will play all mentions of that word from your audio files back to back, came out of a user suggestion where a narrator mispronounced a character’s name throughout a book and needed to fix the hundreds of mistakes! Scan Occurrences took a job that should have taken hours (or days) of time, and fixed the issue in minutes We highly encourage anyone and everyone to submit feature requests on our website or email us at hello@pozotron.com. We read and discuss every request that comes through. Future Developments and Features: Are there any upcoming features or developments in the pipeline for Pozotron that you can share with our readers? We have a ton of new things in the pipeline, but I’m most excited about some new developments to our Script Prep Tools. We are building a tool that will allow users to pull a list of all descriptions of a character’s voice from a manuscript automatically, making it easier and faster to pull the right cues to ensure your character's voice matches the author’s intent. We are also planning to build a teleprompter that will allow users to mark up all elements of a script with a few clicks of a mouse, like choosing what color to use for highlighting character dialogue, adding links to audio samples for pronunciation or a voice, and lots more. Once the pre-production research is merged into the teleprompter, narrators will be able to use that to read quickly and accurately during narration. Industry Trends and Insights: From your vantage point, what are some current trends in the voice-over and audiobook narration industry, and how is Pozotron positioned to address these trends? The most obvious and well-discussed trend we have seen recently is the proliferation of AI voices and how it's going to affect narrators and voice-over actors. These companies are growing and getting better, so it's incumbent on narrators to continue to improve their craft to stay ahead of the robots! There are a lot of things still up in the air with synthetic narration (like how governments and the courts will protect the IP of creators), so I’m tracking that pretty closely to see how AI narration will impact audiobooks. We do our best to stay current with this but as mentioned before, we’ve built out software in such a way that has protected our customers for the beginning. We will continue to prioritize this as the industry evolves and changes. Can you offer any advice or insights for aspiring audiobook narrators in today's competitive landscape? Find a group of like-minded narrators who can support you, teach you, and help you (and you to them). There are a ton of fantastic groups out there, either on social media or through industry organizations like the APA, WOVO, or PANA, but make sure you aren’t working alone! Read your contract. You must be fully aware of every detail, especially with the recent changes in the industry and what can be done with your data. At Pozotron, we go out of our way to make it as clear as possible to ensure that narrators know what is going to be done with the audio they upload to Pozotron. Always improve! Find ways to keep learning and getting better, whether that’s by using a tool like Pozotron or just learning to improve your craft with better workflows or acting techniques. Closing Thoughts: How can interested individuals or organizations get started with Pozotron and explore its benefits for their audiobook projects? Getting started is simple! I encourage you to follow this link here to sign up, which will give you access to a 1-month free trial with 7 hours of free proofing credits instead of 1 hour that we normally offer. This also includes free access to all our Script Prep Tools. You will hear from us shortly after signing up to set up a demo where we can focus on your unique workflow and show you the tools that will benefit you the most. That sounds fantastic! Thank you for offering that to our readers! Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about Pozotron or any final thoughts you'd like to share? We have an “open door” policy. If you have any questions about how our software works or would like to know more about our terms of service and privacy policy, we highly encourage you to book a meeting with us here. To get The Audiobook Guy special offer of 1 Month Free of Pozotron, Including the Script Prep Tools and 7 hours of Free Proofing Credits follow the link HERE (Signing up without the referral only gives you 1 hour of proofing credits, so make sure you get the special offer!)

  • Microphone Samples

    Hello Voice Artist and Narrator Chums!!! This is where I will be keeping all of the Microphone samples from the various reviews. Now you have a place to check out when you want to compare all the microphones together! Yay! I will keep this updated with more mics as we review them, so check in from time to time to see if there is a new sample you can have a little listen too! Thanks all! YOU ROCK!!! Contents Sennheiser MKE 600 Rode NT1 4th Generation Moano PD200X Blue Yeti Sennheiser MKE 600 RAW Recording Mastered Recording MKE 600 Review! Rode NT1 4th Generation RAW Recording Mastered Recording NT1 4th Gen Review! Moano PD200X RAW XLR Studio Recording RAW USB Studio Recording RAW USB Blanket Booth Recording Mastered XLR Studio Recording Mastered USB Studio Recording Mastered USB Blanket Booth Recording RAW XLR Room Tone Studio RAW USB Room Tone Studio RAW USB Room Tone Blanket Booth PD200X Review! Blue Yeti RAW USB Studio Recording RAW USB Blanket Booth Recording Mastered USB Studio Recording Mastered USB Blanket Booth Recording RAW USB Room Tone Studio RAW USB Room Tone Blanket Booth

  • Microphone Review: The Maono PD200X - Cheap Gimmick or the Perfect Super Budget Mic?

    So… the PD200X by Maono. A dynamic mic for $70… to put it lightly I was hugely sceptical. Dynamics tend not to be good for Voice Over as they rarely capture the fullness of the voice needed for nuanced performance. But… could the price and the USB and XLR connectivity make it a worthy option for someone just looking to start out without committing too much money? I decided to compare it to a Blue Yeti because the Yeti is often recommended as the best budget option. There is a big price difference, at the time of writing this article the Yeti sells for $130 and as mentioned the PD200X is $70! So can it compare?! LET’S FIND OUT! Features The Maono PD200X Dynamic Microphone packs an array of features tailored for beginners. Its cardioid polar pattern excels at focusing on the source sound, effectively isolating it from surrounding noise. With both XLR and USB-C connectivity options, it accommodates various setups seamlessly, while the Yeti only has USB. The 24-bit depth and 48kHz sample rate ensure high-quality audio capture, while the frequency response of 40Hz-16kHz offers a balanced representation of voices. The inclusion of a shock mount minimizes handling noise, and the 3.5 mm headphone jack monitor output lets you monitor your recordings in real-time. The RGB lighting adds a touch of visual flair but other than that doesn’t add much (although I did have waaay too much fun changing the colours!), while the durable metal construction ensures longevity. The free software further extends your control over the microphone's performance, allowing you to change profiles, and even has a built-in limiter, which could be great for beginners! I reeeeaaaally wish the Gain dial had a measure as to where you are set on the mic, but it doubles as the monitor volume dial too, so I found that to ensure consistency in setup I had to launch the Maono software each time to ensure the gain setting. A small thing, but it would have been nice! Performance This is where I was really surprised! You know what… its good! The PD200X’s performance shines particularly in less-than-ideal recording spaces, I built a simple ‘Blanket Booth’ set up… I draped a duvet over some mattresses and made a fort… it was fun! In the Blanket Booth I think the PD200X was vastly superior to the Yeti. Its dynamic nature aids in reducing room reflections and external disturbances, a common challenge for beginners, who may not have the budget to acoustically treat their recording space well. Whereas I definitely heard some reflections in the Yeti recording. You can check out the recordings below: Blue Yeti Blanket Booth Master PD200X Blanket Booth Master I then went into my studio to see how it compares in a well-treated environment, and again I felt the sound quality surpasses that of the Yeti. When you plug it in via the XLR, you get an even further improvement. You can listen to the studio recordings here: Blue Yeti Booth Master PD200X USB Booth Master PD200X XLR Booth Master If you would prefer to listen to the RAW recordings you can check those out too - HERE I wish Maono had done more to tame the somewhat harsh top end, but it was no worse than the Blue Yeti, so considering the other advantages I still like the PD200X! You do have to be pretty on top of it (whereas with the yeti you can have some distance and still get a good signal), which is just a thing with dynamics, which can increase the danger of plosives and can limit performance, but with some solid mic technique, you should be fine! Despite its affordability (and the fact that it is a dynamic mic!), it captures the nuances of voices remarkably well. I asked two engineers which they preferred and here is their feedback: John Tatlock (website HERE), who is my Audiobook Engineer and proofer (he is really good, by the way, defo reach out if you need help there!) said "Overall, from an engineering point of view, I think I'd be happier working with a recording from the Maono." When I asked him if he could think of another mic that might be better for the same price he said "At this price, for all in one, not needing an interface, I can't think of anything." Matthew Cowell (profile HERE), a wonderful engineer I have worked with a ton on a whole range of projects (again a very talented chap, if you need basically anything audio... go message him!) listened back and forth with me to the tracks and I think he summed it up very nicely. I asked him if he would prefer the PD200X over the Blue Yeti he said "I definitely would! More versatile, better sound." So there we have it! They both said they preferred the PD200X to the Blue Yeti! Self-Noise The self-noise of the Maono Dynamic Microphone is commendably managed - Listen HERE. While a slight hiss might be present when using the USB, post-processing can readily address it, and the XLR is wonderfully quiet. Do ensure it is away from all power cords though or you may find some static leaking in. Frequency Response The microphone's frequency response is generally flat, with a notable bump at the top end. I really wish they had avoided that bump. I am sure it was in the hope of adding some brightness but it does make the mic rather sibilant. However, as I mentioned it is very comparable to other entry-level mics. Price Arguably one of its most compelling attributes, the PD200X is priced at a mere $70. In comparison, the Blue Yeti, a prevalent choice for beginners, retails at $130 (at the time of writing). This substantial price difference is not indicative of compromised quality; rather, the Maono delivers superior sound and a plethora of features at an unbeatable price point. This is really impressive! Conclusion It's important to acknowledge that if you're committed to pursuing voice over or narration professionally, a higher-tier setup with a quality condenser XLR microphone and audio interface is essential. You will want something better than this. However… If you're venturing into this realm for the first time and nervous about spending too much at first or indulging in voice over as a hobby, the Maono PD200X Dynamic Microphone is an excellent starting point. Its versatility accommodates less-than-ideal recording environments, making it ideal for beginners. It works with the USB straight into your computer, and when you are ready to buy more kit and get an Audio Interface it can grow right along with you thanks to the XLR connectivity. Although some adjustments might be needed to refine the top end, the right post-processing techniques can work wonders. For its cost, the Maono microphone stands tall among its competitors, offering a remarkable entry-level experience. Rating: 4/5 While the microphone might not compete with professional-grade options, it's not designed to. It serves its purpose as an affordable and effective entry-level microphone. The PD200X earns its 4-star rating by delivering exceptional value for its price and catering to the needs of newcomers in the realm of voice over and audiobooks. Bravo Maono! Buy the PD200X! Let me know what you think in the comments! Byyyyyyyeeeeeeee! The Audiobook Guy does use affiliate links in articles, this is a great way to support us and help us grow! If you are thinking of buying something we mention, consider following the link on our site to help us have the resources to write more articles and share more tips! The PD200X reviewed in this article was supplied by Maono free of charge, but this did not affect my opinion in any way. Everything expressed is truly how I feel about the product.

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    Welcome to The Audiobook Guy's Production Services At The Audiobook Guy, we're all about turning your audiobook dreams into reality. Whether you're an author with a story to share or a narrator looking to perfect your craft, we're here to make the production process a breeze, and even a bit of fun. ​ What we of fer: ​ - We work with Authors and Rights holders offering Full Audiobook Production Services - We work with Narrators to take away the stress of Post Production - We are excited to work with Voice Over Artists to create engaging reels that help them get work! Have a look below for more information on the services we offer, and if there is something else you need that is not listed reach out to us! We will always chat with you to see if we can find the answer! ​ Audiobook production can sometimes feel confusing and overwhelming, but we're here to take away the stress and technical worries. Our team of experts is committed to delivering high-quality results, and we're dedicated to making the journey an enjoyable one for you. ​ We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and every voice deserves to be heard. The Audiobook Guy is here to make that happen. ​ So, let's get started and turn your audiobook dreams into reality! Welcome to our world of creativity, precision, and above all, a warm and reassuring approach to production services. ​ Let's make some magic! Full Audiobook Production For authors and rights holders, we offer a comprehensive service that includes everything from casting the perfect voice to managing the entire production process, right through to post-production. We'll handle the technical aspects, so you can focus on what you do best – being creative. ​ $350 pfh Post Production Services Narrators, we've got you covered too. Our post-production services include: - Proofing - Editing - and Mastering. We'll make sure your narration shines, ensuring your audiobook is a masterpiece. ​ $85 pfh Narrator and Voice Over Reel Production Are you a narrator or voice-over artist looking to promote your talent? Let us help you put together a captivating reel that showcases your unique skills and abilities. ​ Bespoke Fee ​ (let us know a little more about you in the form below and we can work together to find the right budget for your reel!) Production Support Do you need something a little different? Perhaps you just want to sound-check your recording set-up to ensure it will hit ACX requirements, maybe you need help in the process of researching and preparing a book for narration, or maybe you have your Audiobook recorded and you just can't navigate ACX and need some help preparing and uploading files. We can create a bespoke service to match your needs and budget so that your work is as bright and wonderful as you are! Get a Quote Let us know about your project and the kinds of services you need. Let's create together to make your work FLY! First Name Last Name Email Project Info Send Thanks for submitting!

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    To see this working, head to your live site. Categories All Posts My Posts Forum Welcome! Have a look around and join the discussions. Create New Post General Discussion Share stories, ideas, pictures and projects! subcategory-list-item.views subcategory-list-item.posts 6 Follow Questions & Answers Get answers and share knowledge. subcategory-list-item.views subcategory-list-item.posts 4 Follow Audiobook Reviews Post reviews of Audiobooks you love to help people find their next great listen!!! subcategory-list-item.views subcategory-list-item.posts 1 Follow Castings Post jobs looking for talent. Please follow forum rules. subcategory-list-item.views subcategory-list-item.posts 0 Follow New Posts Kevin Kemp Mithril Member Dash · Aug 24 Audiobook Releases!!! General Discussion Plug your new releases! Share an audiobook you are excited to have worked on! LET'S ALL SUPPORT EACH OTHER!!! YAY!!!!! Like 5 comments 5 Samantha Norbury Silver Member Dash · Aug 18 PFH rate with no post production Questions & Answers Hey hey wonderful narrators! I'm curisous what people charge when post production is handled by the client. Do you typically stick with $250 or do you go lower since they are doing all of the post work? Thanks friends! Like 2 5 comments 5 Kevin Kemp Mithril Member Dash · Aug 04 List of Great Audiobooks with one-line reviews! Audiobook Reviews I would love people to post their full reviews in this forum but I thought it would be fun to have one post that is just a long list of Audiobooks people love with a simple one-line summary/review! This can be a quick reference point if people just want to scan for a recommended listen! • Comment just one book or as many as you like! • Name the Audiobook • Leave your one-line review! • Copy the info on Audible, or which ever platform it is on, so people can see • Link to the audiobook to make it easy for your fellow Audiobookers I'll get us started! Project Hail Mary Excellently narrated Sci-Fi, funny, science nerd joy, 2022 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year! By Andy Weir Narrated by: Ray Porter Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins 4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 (158,113 ratings) https://www.audible.com/pd/Project-Hail-Mary-Audiobook/B08G9PRS1K?action_code=ASSGB149080119000H&share_location=pdp Like 0 comments 0 Forum - Frameless

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