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Transcript for the 6/9/13 #storyappchat: Sound Resources

Last night we had an unofficial guest host: Jory from studio.jory.org, an award-winning sound studio, was on hand to answer questions about audio for interactive media. And the chat was fantastic–see for yourself in the transcript above.

Please note: we’re taking next Sunday off for Father’s Day, but will be back on June 23 at the regular time (9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific), so make plans to be on hand then, OK?


Topic for the 6/9/13 #storyappchat: Sound Resources

Music In BooksOne of the big advantages of creating stories in app or ebook format is the ability to include sound effects and music. When implemented thoughtfully, these can really help move a story along and add to a reader’s understanding of what they’re reading. But where can a content creator on a budget (and all of us are on a budget, right?) find high-quality but inexpensive sound files and resources?

Because I’m an eMusic member, I sometimes get sounds and music files from their royalty-free music and sound effect libraries, although their interface is designed for songs and it can sometimes be time-consuming searching their offerings for an obscure sound effect. I notice that iStockphoto, one of the best-known sites for very inexpensive photos and illustrations, also offers audio files now, although I have not yet used this service.

Are there resources for music and sound effects that you’ve found useful in your projects? Or are you looking for places to go to locate audio files without breaking the bank? Let’s share our favorite sound resources during the next #storyappchat, set for this Sunday (June 9) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start including the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter at that time to join us!

Transcript for the 2/17/13 #storyappchat: Music

Last night’s #storyappchat was full of tips on how to find music for your storybook app–attendees shared their favorite resources and everyone seemed to agree that music should not be added to any app unless the ability to adjust volume and mute tunes and sound effects is provided. After all, nobody wants music to interfere with the story, right?

Details provided in the transcript above for those of you who weren’t able to join us. PLEASE NOTE: we’ll be taking next Sunday off due to the Academy Awards, but will be back in full force on March 3, when we’ll talk about taking advantage of social media beyond Facebook and Twitter. Make plans to pop in, and in the meantime, enjoy the break!

Transcript for 2/5/12 #storyappchat: Standards

We shared opinions on standards during the February 5 #storyappchat–in other words, the features/controls that ought to be present in all storybook apps. In spite of the simultaneous drama on the football field, this chat was very well attended and LOTS of good opinions and information was passed around.

Enjoy the 24-page transcript, and make plans to join us NEXT Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time for the next installment of #storyappchat!

Guest Host for 12/4/11 #storyappchat: uTales!

uTales LogoWe’re very excited to have @uTales joining us for this Sunday’s #storyappchat as guest host. uTales is a picture book storefront that has over 150 stories, accessible either by web or mobile device app (iPhone, iPad and soon for Android). Register for a free account to preview the books, and find out more about creating your own stories for the uTales platform. The site provides tools for creating books with sound, animation and interactivity, and shares 60% of the earnings with the content creators.

Parents who want to share the books with their kids pay either a $9.99 monthly fee for unlimited access, or pay per book fees, usually between 3 and 5 bucks each.

uTales has a blog and a FAQ page to handle common questions, and they have a Facebook community page for authors/illustrators. Gather any additional questions you might have and join us for #storyappchat THIS Sunday (Dec. 4) at 9:00 p.m. EST. We look forward to seeing you there!

Transcript for the 10/30/11 #storyappchat: Kindle Fire

The topic for the 10/30/11 pre-Halloween installment of #storyappchat focused on Amazon’s not-yet-released Kindle Fire tablet, and the speculation, questions and wish list items flew by fast and furiously! See what you missed by checking out the transcript above, and plan to join us each and every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern to chat about storybook apps and ebooks for kids!

Transcript for the 9/11/11 #storyappchat: Sound!

Great chat last night–in which we discussed the pros and cons of using audio in storybook apps–specifically three main categories: background music, sound effects and voiceover narration. Thanks to all who stopped by to share opinions, links and information.

Also a big thank-you goes to Piccolo Picture Books, who gave away FOUR promo codes for stories within their app. If you missed the chat, feel free to peruse the transcript above–and make plans to join us next Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern for the next one!