Nick McDougal

Audiobook Production

7 Reviews (2 Verified)
Nick McDougal on SoundBetter

Audiobook Production Service: * Consulting-1st consult free! * Narration * Editing - your narration or mine * Mastering to industry specs; Audible, ACX, Amazon

Hello, and thank you for visiting my page.

I have a great ear - my background is in music. With careful attention to cadence, rhythm and tone, I enhance your narration to capture your audience's imagination. Drawing on my business background, I inspire confidence in our working relationship with prompt and clear communication. I’ll collaborate with you to ensure your project is produced correctly, on time and on budget after a careful QC process.

Audio Recording and Production: editing, mastering, proofing, quality control, narration and project management services are available by the hour or at a flat rate, a la carte or as a package. Take advantage of my free consultation. Let’s plan your project now!


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7 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

Endorse Nick McDougal
  1. Review by Ad V.
    by Ad V.

    Delivers good quality for a nice price.

  2. Review by Ad V.
    by Ad V.

    Quick to respond and delivers quality work.

  3. Review by Susan Shull
    by Susan Shull

    Enthusiastic recommendation of Nick for his scrupulous attention to detail, retaining standards beyond industry accepted levels when working with my husband on his audiobook and his generous support when I had to finish the project. Times were challenging and Nick never wavered in his quick response to questions and my calls for assistance, even beyond his area of expertise, shepherding these books through to publication on Audible. I heartily recommend Nick for anyone interested in friendly, detail oriented, state-of-the-art audio expertise and I would not hesitate to call on Nick again.

  4. Review by Don Michael Stewart
    by Don Michael Stewart

    Nick did an outstanding job on producing and narrating my audiobook. He was very professional both in work and communication. Did the work in a timely manner. Easy to work with. All in all, very pleased with Nick and his service.

  5. Review by Mary Lu Harding
    by Mary Lu Harding

    In my experience, good audio transcribers are hard to find. Nick stepped in and saved my day with excellent quality transcription. He is both good at what he does and a pleasure to work with.

  6. Review by Peter Robinson Smith
    by Peter Robinson Smith

    I worked with Nick years ago. It was a wonderful experience. He was my recording producer and main editor and “lots” more! THIS latest project of Nick’s is perfectly suited for his talents and I’m confident saying it’s sure to be one more impressive additions to his list of successes.

  7. Review by Megan Rule
    by Megan Rule

    Nick has done an excellent job narrating and editing our audiobooks. He has become a valuable part of my production process taking on multiple projects at a time. He goes above and beyond, consistently producing consistent high quality work. He is an absolute pleasure to work with. - Megan Rule, Digital Marketing & Audiobook Manager at Inner Traditions • Bear & Company

Interview with Nick McDougal

  1. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  2. A: What is your goal and your timeframe? What do we need to accomplish to complete your production?

  3. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  4. A: Please describe your goal in detail. I'll advise you promptly as to how I can help you achieve your goal.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: I started as a performing musician in my teens and earned by living as a performer for several decades. Later I founded and managed a compact disc manufacturing business. Now I work out of my own studio.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: Detail oriented, conscientious, collaborative

  9. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  10. A: Anyone who's got a script or audio file ready for production!

  11. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  12. A: Get it right at the mic. Get the sound right at the source.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: Attention to details, while applying aesthetic and artistic sensibilities to the production.

  15. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  16. A: I narrated, edited and mastered a 350 + page audio book recently. I produced an interesting, engaging narration, with excellent sound quality while completing the job within the client's budget.

  17. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  18. A: I'm currently editing and mastering an audio book. Some of the narration was recorded at different times in different environments, requiring careful EQ work.

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: I have worked with both analog and digital. Digital workflows can be more efficient and cost effective now.

  21. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  22. A: The job will be done correctly.

  23. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  24. A: When I'm working in audio I feel as happy and excited as a kid playing in a sandbox. I also like being my own boss.

  25. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  26. A: How long will the job take, and what will it cost?

  27. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  28. A: Time - producing quality results takes hard work, and time.

  29. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  30. A: solar panels, batteries, laptop, headphones, mic

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Audio books, podcasts

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: I am a musician, and bring my keen listening skills to the project.

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: Edit previously recorded narration for audio books and podcasts Mastering Narration

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Discuss project, provide audition sample, agree cost and delivery date.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I work out of my own studio, built to exacting standards to provide accurate monitoring.


Terms Of Service

Payment due on approval of final files.

Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools Ultimate
  • Avid D-Command ES console
  • Rode NTK mic
  • ProAc Studio 140 Mk 2
  • Auratone monitors
  • AKG K702 headphones. I work from my own studio
  • built to exacting standards to provide accurate monitoring.
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