I decided to start recording our own audiobooks. Of course I had no clue how to go about recording the books. I mean do they make cassette players anymore? Am I showing my age? I asked around and was directed to a small digital recorder available on amazon. I wasn't so sure I wanted to spend $30-40 on a digital recorder so I kept searching and decided to see if my android phone had a digital recorder app available. Of course it did......and for FREE. Okay I am sold!
We chose to install the Titanium Recorder for several reasons.
- It was free
- Ease of use. Push the blue microphone to turn it on then push the red microphone to turn it off
- Ability to label the recordings (book name,chapter numbers, child intended for, etc)
- Able to sync recordings with dropbox and then be used on any of my devices
So how long does it take to make our recordings? Well lets start by saying I am not reading War and Peace here. These are chapter books intended for young children. As you can see above each 2 chapter set took roughly 6-7min to accomplish. I spent about 30 minutes reading this one book into the recorder. I could have broken it down to just 10-15 min a night if I had needed to do so.
I do have a few tips:
- Make sure you are recording in a quiet environment. You want your child focused on the words they are "reading" not someone talking in the background.
- Speak slowly. My first recording was apparently rushed and our daughter had trouble keeping up in her book.
- Have some water nearby. I found I needed a water break after every recording session.
- Keep the recorder close to you but not too close...clear as mud? I kept mine at chest height and it works out well.
- Have your child use headphones while listening. It helps to keep them "in the book" and makes hearing the recording easier.