Michael's Musings

Recording and a giveaway!

Before I write anything about yesterday’s audio recording session, let me first make an announcement (in two parts).

Part the 1st: It is officially 60 days until the release of Latasha and the Little Red Tornado!

Part the 2nd: To celebrate the impending release, I am holding a giveaway on Goodreads. The contest is open to inhabitants of the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. So if you live in one of these countries, enter now for a chance to win one of three signed advance copies of the book. You can do so…here.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Latasha and the Little Red Tornado by Michael Scotto

Latasha and the Little Red Tornado

by Michael Scotto

Giveaway ends November 15, 2011.

See the giveaway details

at Goodreads.

Enter to win

All right, so let’s consider that “announced,” and move on to the nifty recording session I did yesterday.

(Just in time, I might add — my allergies have kicked in fiercely this morning, making me sound like the ‘before’ part of a DayQuil commercial.)

I’ve been in recording studios a number of times — back when I played saxophone, and for vocal stuff as well. But still, there’s something about putting those headphones on and sitting before an expensive microphone that always gives me a thrill. Yesterday, I recorded narration of two of my picture books, which are being turned into iPad apps to coincide with their January release. These were the two books I did:

It took me a bit to settle in and find my rhythm, but with a bit of direction, I gave a pretty good reading performance. I’m happy with it. All in all, it was a fun way to spend a morning — except for the part where I had to do audio for the apps’ read-back function. That’s a function where a user can touch any individual word on the screen and it will be read back. Since the goal of this tool is to teach young, maybe pre-literate readers how to pronounce words, I had to re-read each individual word of the story, uninflected. Let me tell you, it is really hard to read a 900-word story that way. I sounded like my Garmin. Well, not my Garmin — mine is set to have a Kiwi accent. So I guess I sounded like your Garmin.

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