We all know Scott is one of the best as far as audio productions go. He's only gotten better over time. I hadn't realized exactly how much better until I did THE ROOKIE remasters recently. I don't think he'd started recording in the closet yet. Or maybe he simply hadn't soundproofed it very well. Point being that I expected to get GB files similar to NOCTURNAL quality when I told Scott I'd remaster THE ROOKIE. I'm fairly sure that's the first novel I was working 'live' with Scott on. The difference in noise floor between the two novels is amazing.
Scott is always learning how to make a better product for us. That's our FDO and part of why we love him. Many authors don't get it. Even some of the professional ones. The hobbyists I can excuse. They're just doing podiobooks because they love writing and want to get their work out there somehow. But the pros? Come on, people. I always knew I was an audio snob, but I believe I've become worse after becoming a producer. Now I'm annoyed by even the smallest hiccups. I'll be listening to a brilliantly authored piece with beautiful voice acting and thinking "Why the hell did he ruin such good material?"
Yes, it takes time. Yes, it's boring as fuck. And you can vastly reduce the time it takes and wind up with a much higher quality product by putting some forethought into your recording. But if you don't take the time to do it, your work suffers. So why do so many good authors skimp when it comes to audio production? Is it that most audience members can't tell or don't care? I find that hard to believe. Do you care? Will you drop a book if the production values are poor?
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