We humans are very good at ignoring background sounds. The background mutter of office conversation, the whir of heating and cooling fans, the ticking of clocks (even battery powered clocks can click). We become inured to traffic noise outside, sometimes even the rumble of railway trains!
Recording devices are not so flexible, they faithfully record in high fidelity every sound you don't want. Some continuous and low level noise can be edited out, but the filtering process inevitably alters the quality of the sound you want to keep. So make yourself aware of all those noises and sounds you don’t want and try to avoid them.
Some clothing can rustle as you move and even breathe. Laptop and PC fans often sound overloud, especially if you have to use their built in microphones. Your heat or A/C system thermostat and pumps turning on/off can all be easily picked up on your recording. Birdsong and animal sounds through open or single glazed windows can be pleasantly restful, but not in your recording. Make some test recording of just the ambient or background sound and then listen to it to identify the sources of all the unwanted clamour!
Avoid the internal microphones in your devices, they are designed to pick up everything. A low cost desk mic or even a simple headset mic will make your voice very much clearer. Beware if using a headset mic: head movement, and beard scraping (if you have one) can be issues. Set the mic just below your chin to help soften breaths.
Audacity is pretty basic. Just use it to record and don't worry about too many details, or trying to go back and start over to edit out errors, slips or bloopers.
If you stumble or mess up simply make a loud noise—a pop or clicking sound with your mouth works well -
Slow Down Some More
Speaking too fast and stumbling over your words can jar the listener out of the fantasy. Relax and think about what it would be like for someone experiencing the scenarios you are describing for real. In DEV© audio experiences there is an induction at the beginning that is slow and relaxing, designed to draw the listener in to your voice. Try and keep a steady cadence throughout the scene with some natural emphasis. When you get to the build of arousal it is okay to let go a little, but try not to shout.
When creating DEV© sensual experiences it is okay to masturbate if it helps as long as you can do so without noise, unless an orgasm is called for in the scene. You also have to not lose your place in the story. Very experienced practitioners do not read from a script but memorise the story and often include a little creative improvisation.
It is normal to be aroused when you are seducing someone in the flesh, so that same intensity is required to make an audio believable and exciting for the listener. Use whatever works for you.
However, remember DEV© is not an audio experience that is just dirty talk, phone sex or the sounds of people getting off. The experience itself must take precedence, seducing the listener to reach their own climax.
Relax your voice and warm it up before you record. Sing your favourite show tunes or do vocal exercises. Find the places in your range where your voice crackles or breaks and spend a little time running up and down through those to warm up your throat.
Drink room temp water before you record, but avoid tea, coffee or dairy products. During recording if you feel a throat tickle -
During a DEV© experience the objective is to bring the listener to a sexual release, in fact to several. During the orgasm phases, pause and let them come in silence (except if you’re coming too, but then quiet down for about 6 -
The aftercare phase of an experience should be soothing and slow, before a gentle wake up.
Did I mention, Slow Down?
We all speak faster than we think. The most important thing to remember is to relax and have fun. You are seducing the listener after all! How cool is it to cause an orgasm just by whispering in someone's ear.
Writing a scene or some dialogue is a very creative experience. Reading it out load can be enlightening. You discover things about the words and how they fit together that you may not have realised. If nothing else it is a good discipline. But reading your work as an audio story requires the same commitment as a DEV© experience if you are to reach your listener.
Resist the temptation to make the reading into a radio play with too much character impersonation or over use of intonation. On the flip side you don't want your narration to be monotone and bland. Try and put life into it without overacting.
Speaking some of the more explicit words and themes you write can be a novel experience for some. Try not to shy away or let your own feeling colour the emotions you are trying to convey.
The technical stuff
Take a little time to properly name your files. The filename should contain the audio title and your ID or name as well as a version number if you are saving several copies with minor changes
Please save the file on your equipment as an audacity project (or whatever software you use) before you export the file to mp3. Export the audio .mp3 file, selecting coding at 192kbps; a constant bit rate and in joint stereo channel mode (these are the default settings for Audacity so don't stress over it). Fill in the metadata details in the pop up box that appears before you save the exported .mp3 file. Include the file name, your pseudonym and other identifying data.
Sending us the audio.
If you use Audacity, the data file folder will need to be zipped before sending to us as it contains many individual files, the Audacity project .aup file and exported .mp3 files are fine to send.
We recommend using Mailbigfile.com to send these larger files but the free version will only accommodate 2GB. (You may find others that work for you but remember they have to be simple to download from. If you use a file sharing site remember to let us have the details.)
We need the project files to properly edit the audio. At a pinch we can work with a good quality .mp3 file.
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Don’t forget to enjoy the experience!