In most cases, we will ask you to create an audio recording of you reading your piece. An audio recording can be embedded in the page on which your piece is published. This enables readers to listen along as they read.
There's no need to send us an audio recording with your submission. If your work is accepted, we'll of course contact you.
The reason we might not have audio recordings for all works is mostly due to a time constraint. Note that we will edit recordings to clean up the audio and put the piece to music.
We don't need a perfect recording, just easily understandable readings at a decent volume.
The audio we publish is in MP3 format, but we can usually convert from other formats. A WAV file is best. It's larger than an MP3, but it contains higher quality audio. We have a drop box location where you can upload your audio; this avoids the file size limitation that is usually placed on email attachments.
A decent microphone is essential when recording. It doesn't need to be top of the line, but generally speaking, the microphones that are built into laptop computers are of low quality and will not produce good results. If you use a headset on your computer (typically USB) for Skype or other messaging services, that should work well when recording.
Recording On Your Computer
When recording on a computer, be aware of ambient noise. Most microphones will pick up the noise of the computer's fan pretty easily. If possible, locate the mic away from the computer.
Be aware of popping P's. These occur because of the way in which the letter P is pronounced, with a puff of expelled air. This puff can show up in a recording as a popping sound. To avoid, place the mic farther from your mouth or off to the side of your mouth. You might need to increase the input level of your recording software.
If you're using a PC with Windows 7, you can use the Sound Recorder program included with Windows. This program doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles (I think it's safe to say it doesn't have any), but it can do the job. Earlier versions of this program could only record up to one minute's worth, but the newer version included with Windows 7 removes that limit.
Another choice for recording on Windows is Audacity, which is free to download and fairly easy to learn. Audacity can save your recording as a WAV file.
If you're on a Mac, you can use Garage Band. You can send us the .band file that it makes, or mix your recording down to a WAV file (preferred).
The online recording services work by using the Flash component of your browser. When you start to record, a dialog box from the Flash component will ask if you want to allow the web site to access your microphone. If you're using Google Chrome, it may present a confirmation bar along the top of the screen also. Once you have granted access to your mic, you can start recording.
Another option is to use one of the online recording sites:
|Online Voice Recorder||Lets you record and save the recording on your computer.|
|Speak Pipe||Records and creates a special link that you can email to for others to access the recording. Via the special link, you can download the recording. This is a handy way to record and share. Has a 5 minute limit.|
|Vocaroo||Records and creates a special link that you can email to for others to access the recording.|