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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Door Within Audiobooks and Studio Unknown!


Over the summer, I had the great pleasure of recording the audiobook versions of The Door Within and Rise of the Wyrm Lord. (I'll be doing The Final Storm too, this fall). I've always enjoyed reading stories aloud and have had tons of practice reading to my students over the years. But I've never done any professional reading. Oasis Audio purchased the rights of The Door Within Trilogy and was kind enough to invite me to read. Still, I was nervous. But I needn't have been, because Oasis found me an amazing studio in Baltimore called Studio Unknown.


Studio Unknown, Owned by Kevin Hill, is a cool and clever all-purpose audio/video shop that won't be unknown for long. Their slogan is "Discover Creative Sound," and they earn it every day. It seems there's nothing they can't do. Scoring movies, ADR, Sound Production, Foley--you name it, Studio Unknown can do it. Not only are they professional, but they are personable as well.


Shown above with me are Jon Krintz(mid) and Kevin Hill (right) who guided me through the process and showed me the ropes. And, in the process, I feel like I made two new friends. The studio itself is tucked away in a massive industrial park. In fact, if I hadn't been told exactly where to go, I would have been hopelessly lost. There was just a tiny doorbell that said: Ring for Studio Unknown.


But once the door is open, WHOOOSH!! You enter a completely professional, ultramodern recording studio--beautiful decor with lots of dark wood and track lighting. Upstairs is the main studio. Kevin and John worked their magic from behind a sound board that looked like the bridge console of the Starship Enterprise.

I was behind the glass in "The Booth," and I belted out The Door Within in 3 Days; Rise of the Wyrm Lord in 3.5 days. Along the way, I flubbed about 12,000 lines. LOL. Not quite that many, but I did make up some very interesting words such as "dilemina." Look for The Door Within and Rise of the Wyrm Lord on audiobook from Oasis this fall! I'll post links as soon as they are up.

And if you have any audio/video needs, please call Studio Unknown. They will help you discover creative sound.

10 comments:

Eldra said...

dilemina?? That's funny! And I was wondering when The Door Within trilogy was going to be put into audiobook format! Now they are. Yay!! Are many sound effects used, like for the swords and dragons and such?

Patrick said...

That's awesome, Mr. Batson! From the bits of your narration that you've posted on your blog in the past, I can hardly wait to hear you read the entire trilogy!

Goldarrow said...

That is great Mr. Batson! Congrats! and I'm sure that it will sound great!
I always love it if the author is the reader, I can't wait to hear it! :D

Ben said...

That is really cool Mr. Batson! My mom is an actor/narrator right here in Maryland. She said that she got to work at Studio Unknown for a couple little radio spots a while back and she said it was a lot of fun.

Nathan R. Petrie said...

I've been dying to hear you read! Now I'll have my chance LOL

Cloe said...

That is wonderful! I can't wait to hear you read them! :D

Evergreena said...

Yes! The author gets to read!

I can't wait to hear 'em.

Donita K. Paul said...

You’ve won an award. Check it out here — http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/i-got-an-award-woo-hoo/
By Dragon Bloggin’ on Day Two CSFF Blog Tour Starlighter on 8/17/10

Donita K. Paul said...

You’ve won an award. Check it out here — http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/i-got-an-award-woo-hoo/
By Dragon Bloggin’ on Day Two CSFF Blog Tour Starlighter on 8/17/10

Araken said...

That's pretty nifty!