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Recording Best Practices

Record in Audacity

Download free Audacity software here.


Save Files

I will soon post a video to take you through my recording process but am listing the steps below as well.


Set Your Gain

While you're recording, you should be peaking around -12 dB, so adjust the gain on your interface so that's the case. Set the gain on your preamp and check the dB levels of your recording in Audacity.  They should be between -8 and -12 dB.

Recording, Processing  and Saving Files


  • Record in Audacity.  I read from a teleprompter app downloaded from the MS App Store.  All audiobooks should be recorded in Mono and not Stereo.   Save file as AUP.

  • Edit as you go.  This is much easier than editing in post-production.  Demo videos to come soon.

  • When finished recording, save again.  

  • Export as WAV and save.

  • Export as WAV and save again so that you will always have a back-up in case of issues.

  • Open in an audio processing software.  I use RX10 Advanced.

  • I created a chain of the following functions in RX10 (again, video to come).  Run the chain by hitting Render.

  • Save file as another WAV (your processed WAV).

  • Export to MP3 file.

  • Upload to ACX.

Processing File in Audio Software

  • Open WAV file in your audio processing software (not Audacity).

  • Go to Edit and Select All.

  • Create a Module Chain with the effects shown in the picture on the right.  Once you've created the chain, it will be there permanently and each time you open a file, click on Edit, Select All, then Module Chain.  It will do all the selected functions at once.

  • Files turn out perfectly every time.

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