Sound adjustments

1. Narration and interpretation tips

Before you begin making sound adjustments, bear the following in mind:

  • Narrator Accents: Some words may be pronounced differently based on the narrator’s accent. For example, 'King Louis' sounds like 'King Lewis' in U.S. English and 'King Louie' in British English.
  • Narrator Language: To create audiobooks, it’s best to use a narrator in the same language as your ebook. If you use a narrator that doesn’t match the ebook’s language, it can result in mispronounced words.
  • Homographs: Some words like 'read', 'minute' and 'present' have more than one pronunciation. In the editor, you can modify the audio text to represent the phonetic spelling that you desire.
  • Uncommon abbreviations: Spell out uncommon abbreviations like:
    • Names: Wm. for William.
    • Bible verses: Isaiah 3:9 for Isaiah Chapter 3, Verse 9.
    • Units of measure: Cwt for hundredweight or s for shillings.
  • Punctuation: Good punctuation improves the narration.
  • Special characters: Special characters need to be replaced by writing the name of the symbol. For example, 'dash' or 'blank' if meant to be spoken.
  • Phonetic words: Words written phonetically for emphasis like 'Awweessoommee!' need to be replaced with the correct spelling or correct pronunciation.
    Tip: Pronunciation change cannot add additional emphasis.
  • Line breaks: Line breaks create pauses in the narration, but you can also add pauses manually.

To listen to a preview of the audio, you can click Play at the bottom. To play only specific sections, you can also highlight the text that you want to listen to then click Play. To adjust the sound of the audio, you can use one of the features listed in the following modules.

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