"I found there was great encouragement to reach the goals and lots of help technically and otherwise. The course notes were detailed and expansive and great for reference now and in the future. Clear, detailed and with excellent and honest feedback."
"I cannot recall any v-o coaching I’ve had as useful and detailed as these pages. You’ve provided me with a road map for approaching audiobooks which I intend to use for the foreseeable future."
"The Course surpassed my expectations. It was thorough, and I learned valuable things. Definitely worth it!"
"Thank you for the easy flowing conversational tone of the writing. ￼It’s like having a knowledgeable and encouraging friend beside me."
"Less than a month after completing the Course, I have just received notification from ACX that I have been granted Audible Approved Producer Status!"
Every aspiring narrator can benefit from the SCC which has been specifically designed with the home studio narrator in mind. Why? Because the recording landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years and we have been leading the charge and learning a great deal along the way.
By sharing our knowledge and the experience we have of working ‘remotely’ with hundreds of narrators in their own home studios, we can enable narrators and actors who have never before worked independently, to deliver home produced audiobooks (not to mention auditions and sample reads) of the high quality that the industry demands.
Having produced literally thousands of audiobooks, the vast majority of which have been remotely recorded by professional narrators working independently in home studios, and working with all of the major publishing houses, as well as being an Audible Approved Producer with ACX, BeeAudio is uniquely placed to offer the training and support narrators have been asking for.
We have designed this course to specifically meet the needs of the individual narrator.
The BeeAudio Studio Certification Course for Audiobook Narrators is divided into three stages, each stage containing two comprehensive separate parts, each with specific tasks and assignments. Each stage is designed to meet the needs of narrators at specific stages of their career and each part contains at least one assignment that will be evaluated and assessed by a team of experienced audiobook narrators, sound engineers and editors.
We know that not everyone will need support with punch and roll recording or setting up a home studio, any more than every narrator will necessarily want to learn how to master and produce a full audiobook, so we have made the Course adaptable to your needs, so that you can access support and knowledge that is applicable to you and the level of skill you need no matter where you are in your career. Personalized technical feedback and advice is given on every assignment and individual advice is given to every participant based on their recording software and studio set up. Because we know that narrators often work in isolation and many welcome feedback on their acting and performance skills, this is also available on request.
Those Narrators who choose to register for all three parts of the Course will gain all of the skills needed to work confidently in their own home studio, from setting up their recording space, through researching, performing, recording, proofing, correcting, editing and mastering audiobooks with a level of competence that has been recognized and acknowledged.
Suitable for new narrators and for anyone wanting to set up a home studio from scratch. It is also designed to support narrators wanting to learn (or improve their technique) how to punch in corrections using the ‘punch and roll’ method of recording.
Assignment 1 – Test recording for audio settings and studio evaluation. When we receive this assignment you will be given detailed feedback and we may ask you to repeat the assignment if there are problems with your settings or set up.
Assignment 2 – Recording a custom read, making corrections using punch and roll
Designed for more experienced narrators who would like to refine their editing and performance skills and is available to narrators who have no issues with their home studio set up or recording technique and who have already recorded at least four audiobooks in their own studio without any problems or issues arising, or those who have already completed Stage 1 of the Home Studio Audiobook Narrator Certification Course.
Assignment 3 – Record two contrasting texts reading from a PDF document and manually first pass edit you recording using Adobe Audition or Sony Soundforge. The first five minutes of your edited audio will be professionally proofed and the proofing sheet will be returned to you so you can complete the proofing, then correct and edit your audio which you will then return for further evaluation and feedback.
Assignment 4 – Record two short sample reads using punch and roll technique. One of these reads will then be returned to you with corrections that you will then record and edit into your original audio. The second read will be mastered for those moving forward to Part 3 of the Course.
Designed for experienced narrators wanting to produce audiobooks independently. Participation in Stage 3 is limited to narrators who have either completed stages 1 and 2, or who have six or more audiobooks to their credit, all of which have been self-recorded and delivered on time without any technical or performance issues arising.
Assignment 5 – Final edit and master a three minute audio clip recorded from the supplied script (previously recorded in Part 2) and produce a new three minute sample of your own choice.
Assignment 6 – Create three audiobook sample reads using texts of your own choice that showcase your abilities and skills; deliver them as fully finished and mastered.
The fee for each stage of the course is $250 USD. UK based narrators will pay the sterling equivalent based on the exchange rates current at the time payment is made. Those registering for two sections (either one and two, or two and three), will be eligible for a 10% discount; narrators registering for all three parts will be eligible for a 15% discount. Studio samples and a full audiobook profile should be sent with registration. Once accepted onto the Course, full payment (via PayPal) is due in advance.
For more information or to receive a registration form, please contact Helen Lloyd at the link below.