Making Raw Audio ACX Ready (Intermediate to Advanced Level)

Voiceover Lab


Making Raw Audio ACX Ready (Intermediate to Advanced Level)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Begins at 11:45 AM PDT | 2:45 PM EDT
Check-in begins at: 12:00 PM PDT | 3:00 PM EDT

2 Hours

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

This program is FULL


Want to make raw audiobook files ready for approval on ACX? Join extraordinary audiobook talent and expert instructor James Romick for a session that walks you through the process. Using REAPER and IZotope RX this class will demonstrate how to do post-production on RAW audiobook files for compliance to ACX and audiobook industry standards. James will also demonstrate the use of free software like Audacity’s ACX-Check and Steven Jay Cohen's 2nd Opinion to help participants verify the specifications and quality of their audio. This is an intermediate to advanced class. Best suited for participants who understand how to produce high quality raw audio. Demonstrations will be done on REAPER using plug-ins from IZotope Rx, the TDR Nova EQ, the TDR Kotelnikov Compressor, the LoudMax Limiter, and other processing FX plug-ins.


This is an intermediate to advanced class. Best suited for participants who understand how to produce high quality RAW audio. Participants should be able to work in the DAW of their choice. All demonstrations in class will be done with REAPER using plug-ins from IZotope Rx and other free processing FX plugins. 

It is not a requirement to attend class, but participants may want to download and install the following resources prior to the session in order to follow along. 

Free Check-up tool:  2nd Opinion – An Audiobook Checkup Tool – Steven Jay Cohen    

Free EQ plug-in: TDR Nova | Tokyo Dawn Records

Free Compressor plug-in:  TDR Kotelnikov | Tokyo Dawn Records

Free Limiter plug-in LoudMax by Thomas Mundt: LoudMax

Audacity: regardless of preferred DAW in order to use ACX Check: 

Audacity ® | Free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. (

ACX-Check.ny plugin: this will have to be placed in a specific folder and enabled within one of Audacity's menus :

Nyquist Analyze Plug-ins - Audacity Wiki (

IZotope Rx9 Elements or RX9Standard: has a fee; it is NOT required to participate in class but is listed here for reference : RX 9 Features (


James Romick

James Romick has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1980.  Between acting gigs in the mid 1980s, James also studied audio engineering at The Institute of Audio Research in NYC when editing analog magnetic tape with a splicing block and razor blade was the norm. Although he has a working knowledge of many different DAWs, James is a REAPER devotee and offers one-on-one sessions via Zoom on how to set it up and configure it for voiceover and audiobook production.