Thanks in advance for your patience - I’m just getting started in the audio book narration world, and I have some pretty basic questions. If this one has already been answered, please point me to the relevant post. Cheers!
Saving files: what’s a good system? Here’s what I’m doing now, and it’s getting confusing.
- Record a chapter.
- Save it in Audacity, something like this: 1_BookTitle_raw.aup
- Export the raw recording as a .wav file: 1_BookTitle_raw.wav
- Edit the recording in Audacity, using the .aup file. Save this as 1_BookTitle_ed.aup
- Export the edited recording as a .wav file: 1_BookTitle_ed.wav
- Perform mastering chain on edited recording in Audacity, using the .aup file. Save this as 1_BookTitle_mc.aup
- Export mastered file into .wav format: 1_BookTitle_mc.wav
- Export mastered file into .mp3 format: 1_BookTitle_mc.mp3
- Upload the .mp3 file to ACX
First of all, is that too many steps? Am I creating unnecessary files?
And secondly, when I make changes in an .aup file, export the changed version as a .wav file, and then go to close the .aup file, it asks if I want to save changes to the .aup file. I’ve been selecting “No” because I don’t want to override that .aup file (in case I want to go back and have access to the version that existed prior to the most recent change), but on one occasion I selected “No” and when I went to upload the file to ACX, there was nothing there (just a recording of silence). Thankfully I was just able to go back to the previous version, but still, it confused me.
I’m looking for a basic step-by-step process that I can use for all of my projects so that I can easily find what I need. Thanks so much!