Recording is too low

It happens to everybody else. Home microphones are intentionally set for low volume. You can apply post-production filters and boosting to fix that and many people do. If your microphone delivers volume that’s too loud, it might clip and create permanent, harsh distortion—and then you send the microphone back. No contest. Low volume it is.

You might try Oblique Positioning (B) to get closer without P-Popping and breath noises.

Yes, you are supposed to create, about -6dB to -10dB peaks during the performance, but you just have to get close. We publish Audiobook Mastering Macro, which is a One-Pass solution to fix volume (RMS) and peaks.

I’m not done writing the audiobook tutorial yet, but the type of microphone is the last of your problems.

Record in a quiet, echo-free room.

If you can’t do that, this will be a long, hard climb.

If you’re working with ACX, you have to have the book available for purchase on Amazon right now, and it can’t be on this forbidden list (scroll down).