The Growing Popularity Of Audio Books, an art-form adaptable to new technology

audio booksWith the arrival of the Internet, broadband technologies, new compressed audio formats and portable media players, the popularity of audio books has increased significantly.

Due to the growing acceptance, people involved in this business are becoming more powerful. There is a huge demand for them, especially now that people use portable audio equipment on a regular basis. People can find audio books online,  download from  iTunes Audiobooks, libraries who offers audiobooks for free, and some other who like to buy audiobooks CD format.

Over the time, figures show released that downloads have greatly increased this market, a format that first achieved popularity with the invention of the cassette and extended beyond childhood the experience of being read to.

cc recProducing audio books consist of a narrator sitting in a recording booth reading the text, while a studio engineer and a director record and direct the performance. Audiobooks are distributed on  CDs, MP3 CDs, and downloadable digital formats.

The advent of the Internet has introduced powerful means of delivery, many titles are now available on-line for download on to computers, tablets, and phones, or one may listen to website audio streams without having to download anything.

They are considered a valuable learning tool because of their format. Unlike traditional ones or a video program, people can learn from an audiobook while doing other tasks, although it should be noted that this can detract from the primary task, assuming the learning is not the main activity. The most popular general use by adults is when driving an automobile or traveling with public transport, as an alternative to radio. Many people listen as well just to relax or as they drift off into sleep.

If your  production required to record audio books, at Elite Music Studios, we have the greatest voices in English, Spanish, Italian, German, among other languages to give live to your creativity.

 Reference: Wikipedia

Voiceover Recording & Animated Films

The Croods is a 2013  3D  computer- animated film produced by DreamWorks.  It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, among others. It was written and directed by Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon).

Nicolas Cage gets animated in the voice booth for the new family friendly adventure; Cage plays the father of a cave family forced to leave their home and head out on an incredible journey into the unknown. For their tale DeMicco  and Sanders  chased actor around the world for roughly three years to record his voice as Crood paterfamilias Grug.
Is interesting to know how the voice work is recorded. In most animated films the characters’ voices are recorded first, this gives the actors much more freedom to do what they want with the character voices rather than being restricted by the animation. 
This way can use the sound file and precisely match the animation to it, capture the actor’s performance in the animated character. Also, animators usually look at video of the voice actors recording their lines and use certain mannerisms, facial expressions etc, in the animation of those characters. Essentially, it isn’t just about doing the voices but also becoming part of the animated character. By the time the actor is performing, they have the storyboards worked out so that there is some sort of visual guide for everyone.
The film made $63.3 million internationally, including $16 million from overseas previews the weekend before for a worldwide  of $108 million. Most critics enjoyed the film, although a few reviewers groused that it failed to achieve the emotional high points of classic children’s movies like “Toy Story” and “Up.”