When I was a kid I enjoyed my mom’s readings of story books. She was an excellent reader.
Being a working mom, she wasn’t around during the day. Somehow, I came up with the idea of using our tape recorder to record mom’s readings. I have memories of listening to them when she wasn’t home, often as background.
Fast-forward and I’m spending a lot of time reading to my own kids. I thought to myself “how about I create some recordings for them?”
Posted with this blog post is one of the stories I recorded. 1
This is the book:
To encourage others to do the same for their own kids, I’ve created a youtube video with instructions 2 All you need is a voice recorder (for example a recording app for your phone), a PC, and the software Reaper. 3. Although not required, I also recommend running the result through Auphonic to even out the volume and reduce some noise.
How long does it take? Assuming a normal reading of particular story of 10mins:
- maybe 15mins to record. Whenever I incorrectly read a line, I just read it again
- maybe 10mins to edit out the bad lines. I edit at 1.5 playback speed (sounding like a chipmunk)
- another 5 mins of miscellaneous.
If you do something similar, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.