I am an admin for LibriVox (all volunteer readers, public domain works only group) and have been happily recording and doing admin stuff for many years. One of the constant challenges we have is getting tons of new readers to match our technical specs, which are different from ACX. Since most of them eventually use Audacity, what are the chances of a macro that would set these for them? Just a wild thought that it might simplify a sometimes very lengthy process of teaching them how to fix bit rate, then quality, then volume, etc. etc.

I wrote the Audiobook-Mastering-Macro when I got familiar enough with the Macro format and tired enough of telling everyone the three effects steps in detail. It was my first and last Macro.

what are the chances of a macro that would set these for them?

Almost zero. The Macro format is very limited and people are always posting with jobs outside of its range. Yours is a job way outside of its range.

You need a Recording Engineer Program.

I was commenting on this earlier that someone must have published a Recording Your Voice course or class because almost all those setups and adjustments you mentioned vanished from the forum. Everybody Knows you buy a Yeti microphone, set it up on your kitchen table and then arrange Promotion, Publicity, and Marketing.

That’s what ACX used to think. There might be one or two steps in the middle.

So the task is find that course—or record the video yourself. If you’ve been explaining it to hundreds of people you should be good at it.

You might be able to get an actual programming language to do this for Audacity such as Python. That would mean finding an actual programmer to write it.

We can wait for others to post.

How are the formats different? I used to say that once you properly format something for ACX/Audiobooks, you can publish almost anywhere else with maybe a loudness change here and there. Is it a simple matter that you use LUFS and ACX doesn’t?


That’s not to say there are no problems. We just get different ones now.

“You know you have to give the computer permission to use the microphone, right?”

“Audacity doesn’t get along with Skype, Zoom, Meetings or Cloud Drives.”

It’s not the worst idea when someone tells you they want to read, to send them a completely configured sound recorder. Forcing a computer and microphone to do clean voice recording is most of the time-consuming work.

Or offer it as a service or product.


completely configured sound recorder.

Or use the one they already have. I recorded this on my phone in the garage.


Awesome! Thanks for this … I tried narrating my own audiobook. Need improvement.

Awesome! Thanks for this … I tried narrating my own audiobook. Need improvement.

I just applied the Audiobook Mastering, Koz. I can’t thank you enough for your thorough directions and great patience-it means alot. I greatly appreciate your skills and experience with this matter.

Thank you my friend