ACX Audiobook Production Using Audacity

Are you an audiobook creator who uses Audacity as your editing software of choice?

This course is centered around Audacity and only Audacity for audiobook creation. Audacity is a powerful and free audio editing software program that’s used by millions around the world for music, podcast, and audiobook creation. We don’t venture outside of Audacity into any 3rd party plugins, 3rd party software, or 3rd party effects during this course. This course is 100% Audacity and you’ll learn the power of Audacity in editing and producing exceptional audiobooks for ACX. Our time isn’t spent talking about mic placement, room treatments, vocal technique, or how to narrate an audiobook. There are plenty of great resources for those important topics on the web, YouTube, and here at Udemy, and I provide links to several of those resources in the final lecture of this course. If you’re wanting to produce outstanding audiobooks for free using Audacity, this course is for you.

Are you an Audacity user who wants to know what Audacity offers for audiobook production?

The topics covered in this course will give you the skills and confidence you need so you can produce and edit your audiobook narrations with excellence. We’ll record a short piece of audio and use it as a practice file through 8 individual assignments to practice the concepts we learn, turning that audio file into a produced MP3 that is ready to upload to ACX. NOTE: You’ll need Audacity version 3.0 or higher to open the practice file and we download that together in Section One.

Here’s a short sample of what you’ll learn in this course:

  • How to set Audacity Preferences for ACX audiobook recording
  • Simple definitions of Noise Floor, Sample Rate, RMS Loudness, and Bit Rate
  • How to fix narration mistakes as they happen using Punch and Roll Record
  • How to apply Equalization and when
  • How to apply Compression
  • How to level your audio using RMS Loudness to meet ACX requirements for RMS
  • How to apply the Limiter effect to meet ACX standards
  • How to apply the De-Clicker effect to reduce/remove mouth sounds
  • The importance of running Audacity’s ACX Check Plugin
  • How to build and run a Macro to automate our process
  • How to clean up breath sounds using Punch Copy/Paste
  • How to clean up breath sounds using Attenuation
  • Content editing and final MP3 export
  • How to meet the ACX requirements for MP3 file size and bit rate

What others are saying:

  • “As a complete beginner to Audacity and Audiobook Narration, this was the perfect course! I am now much more confident in my ability to create quality audio using what I learned from this course. Thank you!” HB
  • “Hi Mr. Adams. I loved this course. I have done a few ACX audiobooks and had a horrible time getting the requirements set correctly. Most of the time it messed up my audio and I had to redo. Your explanation of the technical side of it is spot on. This will save a great amount of time. I cant wait to get a new project and see the results. Again thank you for your wisdom on this topic.” BW
  • “My audio sounds so much better now! Just what I was looking for!” NF
  • “Another great Audacity course from Mike Adams! If you do audiobooks for ACX (or even for other distributors), this course is a must-have. Mike is a great teacher and knows Audacity inside and out. I’ve done several audiobooks and have used Audacity for 20 years, but still learned something new.” DH
  • “Mike explains every step clearly, slowly, and effectively. The videos are easy to follow and understandable. His pacing is spot on as he guides you through each lesson. This is a well done course that delivers exactly what is promised.” SC

Check it out for yourself

ACX Audiobook Production is an on-demand, online video course that is priced incredibly low to fit any budget. And, it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. Take a look at the full curriculum and preview the free videos.

ACX Audiobook Production Using Audacity