1. Research and manuscript preparation

• Vast pronunciation database and resources
• Expertise in effectively converting diagrams, tables and graphs into text
• Expertise in scripting multi-voiced recordings
• Access to subject matter experts and academics

2. Casting

• Casting done in collaboration with the client
• Access to a wide range of broadcasters and actors
• Option to multi-cast

3. Recording

• All recordings, including remote recordings, are directed by a producer
• Producers experienced in working with inexperienced narrators, such as authors who narrate their own books

4. Editing

• Editors are highly experienced spoken-word sound professionals
• Editors work to tight deadlines when required

5. Proof listening

• Every recording is proof listened to in full to ensure quality, accuracy and consistency
• Many proofers are subject-matter experts

6. Mastering

• Option to deliver files in multiple formats

Are you a publisher of academic or non-fiction books and looking for an audio production company that can do justice to your books in audio?

Are you a membership organization or chartered institution considering different ways of adding value to your members?

Are you a non-fiction publisher daunted by the prospect of launching an audio programme?

Are you a CPD training company looking for ways to engage your students by offering your content in an alternative format?

Rachel Lawrence

Production Manager

‘Avid reader, traveller and linguist’
Rachel brings a wealth of project management skills to the complex task of overseeing production schedules, casting readers and coordinating resources. With over 12 years’ experience of commissioning and repurposing content for major brands including Rough Guides and Berlitz travel guides, she has an editorial eye for accuracy and a passion for communicating ideas and information. Rachel speaks fluent French and Latin-American-tinged Spanish.

email

rachel.lawrence@soundunderstanding.co.uk

Georgie Hayworth

Assistant Production Manager

‘Avid reader and ardent environmentalist’
Georgie has an eclectic background, having worked in publishing, as an ecologist for a variety of NGOs and as a zookeeper. She brings this diverse range of skills to the nuts and bolts of audiobook production – organising schedules and logistics. Georgie has an MA in History, an MSC in Conservation and Wildlife Management, and a postgraduate diploma in publishing.

email

georgie.hayworth@soundunderstanding.co.uk

Our Freelancers

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Phany Chalma

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Starting or Growing an Audio Programme

As an audio production house, our focus is on creating an audio product of the highest quality. But our services extend beyond production: we are also able to work with you in developing your audio strategy and in selecting your titles. Considerations such as scale of the programme, title selection, target audience (are you seeking to inform, educate or entertain?), distribution and marketing all need to be taken into account.

Pricing

Our pricing is highly competitive and takes into account the scale of your audio programme, the preparation and research required and the types of voices. There is also the option to discuss co-productions under our imprint, Rhetorica.

Planning and Preparation

Our objective is to ensure that your audio programme flows seamlessly and that requires planning and preparation. Before we even start the production process, we will work with you to decide on scheduling and the factors that determine your audio identity such as wording for front and back annos and the types of voices most appropriate for the genres of books or types of articles you publish. In addition, naming protocols and the file requirements of your distribution channels will also be discussed. Finally, we will discuss your marketing and promotion efforts to ensure we align all our messaging with yours.

Are you a publisher of academic or non-fiction books and looking for an audio production company that can do justice to your books in audio?

Are you a membership organization or chartered institution considering different ways of adding value to your members?

Are you a non-fiction publisher daunted by the prospect of launching an audio programme?

Are you a CPD training company looking for ways to engage your students by offering your content in an alternative format?