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Q&A with QA

Do you have audiobook production questions? We have answers! Join us for a live webinar with two of ACX’s Quality Assurance experts. In the first episode of a multipart series, David Afonso and Mike Taddeo will share their file management techniques and favorite production tools to save you time and recording headaches. Then, they’ll answer your questions live! Whether you’ve received a notice from our team about the quality of your audiobook production, or just want to make sure you never do, this session is for you.

Topics include:

  • File organization and management to save time and improve accuracy when uploading to ACX.
  • Getting to know your DAW’s editing capabilities, as well as our top 10 tools and shortcuts to reduce your overall editing time.
  • A demonstration of performing an editing and QC check using REAPER. 
  • Plus, your questions answered live!


David Afonso
Michael Taddeo


  1. jackie daley

    i tried the Normalization effect in (Audacity) and it looked good when i Previewed it, but no matter how i tried to save it, it wouldn’t take. i was editing the mp3 recording. I ended up using Amplify and am waiting to hear back if that was sufficient. would’ve liked to see the Normalization work though.

  2. Chris Corcoran

    I am editing an AB in Logic Pro X. I am avoiding using any ‘gating’ for breath reduction and seem to spend most of my time using the ‘automation’ tool to ‘duck’ in the the spaces between lines to reduce breath.
    Q. Is there a quicker way… or am I just being pernickety.
    Q. I am using the ‘Limiter’ to balance overall RMS, and ‘automation’ tool to increase/decrease volume on lines that require boosting. Sometimes RMS dips slightly under 23. Is it an exact science? I would rather it dip a little in places than exceed 18… yes/no?

    In anticipation…

    Chris, in Cheshire, UK.

  3. Cheryl

    I am new to audiobook production. In Audacity, how do I go to a specific section of audio? I haven’t figured this out yet, and I keep having to scroll through, which is endless!

  4. Dave

    Are files looked at individually for RMS level or across the whole book? Sometimes all my chapter will he the right RMS level but the intro outro will be slightly less because of the length of the file.

  5. Dave

    What automatic system checks happen when a file is uploaded straight away and what checks are made by a human before publication? Will I know quickly if audio levels are correct it will I not find out until QA

  6. Rick

    I’d love to hear recommendations on spacing – between sentences, commas, paragraphs, etc… in order to make the narration flow smoothly. I realize that there is no exact rule to this (depending on the mood of the section being read, the pace of the narration, etc)… but just general recommendations.

  7. Marin Scott

    I’ve used Audacity to produce two books through ACX. Why is it that I have a file that sounds rich and clear to me which doesn’t pass the ACX checks. However, once I manipulate it enough to pass the checks, it doesn’t sound as good to me as an audiobook listener? Is there something that the quality checks need present regardless of the aesthetic quality?

  8. Lisa

    I’ve set chains in Audacity which has been very helpful. However, I’ve started using Adobe Audition but can’t seem to set chains. Is it possible? Also, why after applying the chains in Audacity (noise red., normalize and EQ) does the finished audio surge in volume at the last second of the recording?

  9. Laurie Lane

    The rms value of my audio always seems to be significantly lower after I convert the wav file to mp3. Is this always the case? When I normalize the mp3 file to raise the rms, the end result doesn’t seem to sound as good.

  10. Milt Bighley

    What do you recommend for eliminating moth noise? Ever since I upgraded to a Rode NT1 and started using Adobe Audition at the same time I’ve been having a lot of mouth noise in the recordings.

  11. Stephanie

    Is there any information about rights and distribution? I’ve read some but I needed a law degree to understand. I just want to know exactly what I’m gaining/giving up

  12. Janice Wright

    I finished a six hour book, with each chapter passing the ACX test, just as my previous book had, but when I got to the opening and closing credits, I exceeded the noise floor level. Nothing had changed, the environment and equipment was exactly the same . I took all my equipment to an expert at a music store in New York, who has helped me before, and he tested every level, etc in audacity, and we used different mics and cables, and still the same reading. I am stumped as to where to turn now. Thanks in advance for any help you might provide.

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  14. Janet M. Jarmuz-Bamford

    I am reading a 9 chapter non-fiction book. At the end of many of the chapters, the author lists additional reading material, including the author’s name, the book’s title, the date of publication and the name of Publishing House. Do I narrate all of this information? Or, do I record only the Author’s name, and book’s title; can I omit the name of the Publishing House and just include the Year of Publication? Should I omit all of these pages?
    Thanks for your help!

  15. Janet M. Jarmuz-Bamford

    Me again, Please expedite as I’m finsihed with this narration and need to know asap what to do!

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