ACX Audio Books / Voice Acting

Audio BooksIn 2020 many people are getting into the Audio Book Narration Profession. The requirements concerning the ACX, as well as other Audio Book distributors, are both extensive as well as easy to accomplish, if you have the proper training. Hello, my name is Dana, I have been recording the “Spoken Word” for 45 years.

The first thing you need to understand is the basic theory of why these requirements exist. Once you understand the basic requirements according to the ACX, the rest of the process will run as smooth as silk.

Honestly, once you finish meeting these requirements you will have no problem taking your skills and recording any other type of venue or social event. When it comes to narration, the rules that must be followed are the same rules that will apply to 99.9% of any other digital recording, you may wish to do.

I offer complete training via this website that will teach you, how to meet the requirements you must pass, to submit your audio. As a full time Audio Narrator myself, I hope you will contact me regardless if you want to learn this fascinating profession or if you need your audio mastered to meet the requirements set by your Author or Producer requires.

Just like any other business, you will need to invest in the proper tools. The list below is what I recommend for setting up your home studio. I have NO AFFILIATE status with the companies below nor do I make a penny if you purchase them. I recommend this equipment as they are used by Professional Recording Studios World Wide and I own them and use them as well.

I DO NOT recommend using Audacity for ACX work. Yes I know they may recommend it, but it is my opinion the only reason is that it is free. You can click here and read hundreds of posts from Audacity users along with the thousands of replies, from Audacity’s official forum, that can not meet the ACX requirements.

Not only do I teach other the correct procedure for meeting the ACX requirements, I am also an active narrator for the ACX as well as a Producer. You can view my latest audio narration book book here. At this time it has 47 five star reviews.

So, you can try it on your own, use Audacity and take your chances or you can follow my simple advice and move on quickly with your narration career.

1. Reaper DAW. DAW = Digital Audio Workstation. ($60.00)
2. Shure SM57 or 58. Dynamic Microphone. 5 star rating with 65 reviews. ($99.00)
3. Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface/Preamp. 4.5 star rating will 11 reviews. ($99.00) OR Alesis Multimix USB Fx Mixer. 4 star rating with 12 reviews. ($87.00)
4. On-Stage Stands MS7201B Round Base Microphone Stand. 4 star rating with 16 reviews. ($23.95)
5. AKG K92 Closed-back Monitor Headphones. 5 star rating with 6 reviews. ($59.99)
6. Tascam DR-40 Digital Recorder. 4.5 star rating with 46 reviews. Optional. ($179.99)


This is my latest audio book. Realism in the Caribbean: Studies in World Art, Book 66.