This week, our Audiobook Q&A steps out of the recording booth and into the studio, as we chat with Robert Granniss, engineer and directer at Brick Shop Audiobooks.
Listen Up: Tell us a little about your background and how Brick Shop Audio came to be? What was the motivation behind starting your own recording studio?
Robert Granniss: Chris Theise and I started recording some of his music together in the winter of 2010. I had accumulated a good deal of audio equipment, having produced and engineered bands in New York and New Orleans since about 2000. We pooled our resources and enjoyed working together and started sniffing out a more steady line of work than recording music. Since most musicians are DIY-ers these days, we decided to make a go of making our day job of producing audiobooks at Recorded Books into our own business. When ACX came along, we decided to take the plunge and invest in a sound booth and have been at it since. Our motivation is that we love producing recordings, be it music, radio (I’ve worked at WNYC as an engineer for On the Media, and Chris hosted a show on WNYZ), and, of course, audiobooks.
LU: What sets Brick Shop apart from other independent studios that record audiobooks?
RG: I think we have a really interesting blend of talents amongst ourselves, in that I have a computer science background and can deal with the immense data flow involved in recording, and Chris has experience in the financial sector and has a sharper business acumen than anyone I’ve partnered with in the past. Though, first and foremost, our advantage is the friendships and professional relationships we have with a very talented and diverse pool of NewYork-based actors and actresses who are eager to work with us. We get giddy whenever we cast books knowing how great it’ll be to hear, say Jim Jenner reading Holding Lies by John Larison, or Erin Mallon reading Simply, Mine by Jane Carrington, Jennifer O’Donnell for White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert, and so on.