Audio Book Sound Design

A subtle breeze frolics against distant wind chimes, indistinct city sounds as footsteps hurry along a rain glistened walkway, a haunting melody twists through towering trees within a mystical forest, the thunder of a helicopter gunship kicks up a whirlwind of desert sand as it skirts toward an enemy position.

Nothing can immerse listeners into your  bespoke audio book better than effective sound design. Creative and sophisticated implementation of subtle life sounds quickly pull the listener into that realm where all humans long to be – lost in a story. The most important aspect in sound design for audio books is the introduction. It will set a subliminal tone to the world that’s about to be revealed. After that, each chapter should have its own unique audio transition relevant to the scene introduction. The surest way to yank listeners out of your story is to have the narrator read “Chapter Two”.

Some audio books, especially shorter ones, incorporate a continuous flow of audio lingering in the background throughout the entire book. While it involves more work, the result can transform an otherwise uninspiring monologue into a dramatic and emotional presentation that listeners can experience on multiple levels. Subtle sound effects layered strategically throughout the production – champagne glasses clinked during a toast, a dog barking in the distance, a horse trotting into town – all serve to pull listeners deeper into the experience.

The decision to purchase an audio book online typically occurs after the customer listens to an audio promo. Increasing the production value of an audio book using sound design is an inexpensive and effective way to convince potential buyers they are in for a sophisticated and entertaining experience.