Sorry to everyone who tried to download the episode in the early morning – the host servers experienced a power outage. Happily, things are back up and running now.
In the first take of the humming scene, I had attempted to match the audio somewhat to what was being described. Slowing at first, altering the pitch to sound awful for a few words, generally sounding chaotic. However the effect upon listening was really poor. It sounded like a series of audio effects, and didn’t really convey what the auror was being subjected to. There was no way for such a brief scatter-shot approach to even partially convey an attack which relied on incessant wearing over hours of time. I re-did it with a straight reading, relying again on the superior imaginations of my listeners. :) I did eventually keep one small pause near the beginning, just to give a small taste of the frustration of an expectant pause. Hopefully it added a little spice without destroying the section the way my initial attempt had.
Last week I took the week off work so I could stay home and put 40 hours into finally finishing the re-edit and polishing of earlier chapters. At last it is done! Chapters 1-9 have been redone in their entirety. Chapters 10-20 have been gone over with sandpaper and a noise filter. And every single chapter has had large sections of my poor voice work removed and replaced with valiant voice volunteers, giving a distinctive sound to many characters. Never again will anyone have to suffer through my McGonagall or Weasley Twins. Chapter 50′s Padma is now done by Amanda Grassello. In fact, over a dozen voices from early episodes have been upgraded, also including:
The Carrow Twins
And of course there are still some roles available, see here if you’re interested.
*(I realize a couple lines are off… I hadn’t gotten them recorded, and for completeness I substituted a place-holder that means something very similar. These will be replaced with the correct wording in a couple weeks)