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NLS Other Writings
Art and Science of Audio Book Production
Issued September 1995
Job Description for Monitor
The monitor controls all technical operations during a recording session, thus
allowing the narrator to devote full attention and effort to the task of narration.
The monitor works under the supervision of the studio director who assigns
tasks, sets priorities, and provides guidance on matters of studio policy.
- Good vision and hearing.
- Good ear eye hand coordination.
- Ability to learn to operate the recording equipment correctly and sufficient
dexterity to perform those operations.
- Ability to work well with others and to accept critiques from the narrator,
reviewer, and studio director.
- An artistic sense for spoken language and the ability to work with problems
related to translating printed text to spoken communication.
- Fluency in the language in which the text is printed.
- Ability to use dictionaries and other reference sources.
- Working with the narrator to achieve a recording of high artistic and technical
- Ensuring that the sound track is free from audible noise.
- Ensuring that the text is accurately narrated and all edits are clean and
- Ensuring that the segments of sound track with corrections to the recorded
text are acoustically identical to the rest of the recording