What Makes a Great Voice Over?
Setting Up Your Home Studio
As the demand for voiceovers continues to grow, many voice over artists and voice actors are setting up their own home studios. With the right equipment and techniques, it is possible to produce high-quality voice over recordings from the comfort of your own home.
Here are ten great tips for recording high-quality voice overs from home.
Invest in a Good Microphone
The microphone is the most important piece of equipment for recording voiceovers.
It is important to invest in a good quality microphone that can capture the nuances and subtleties of your voice.
A popular choice for voiceover artists is the Neumann TLM 103 or the Shure SM7B.
Consider Acoustic Treatment
Acoustic treatment is the process of treating the room to minimize unwanted reflections and echoes.
This can be achieved through the use of acoustic panels or by placing furniture and soft furnishings in the room.
Consider using a reflection filter around your microphone to help reduce room noise.
Use a Pop Filter
A pop filter is a simple device that helps to eliminate plosives (popping sounds – typically from words beginning with “p”) from your voice.
This is achieved by placing a mesh screen in front of the microphone. A pop filter is an essential tool for any voice over artist.
Record in a Quiet Environment
It is important to record in a quiet environment to avoid any unwanted background noise.
Turn off any fans or air conditioning units and close windows and doors to reduce external noise.
If you live in a noisy area, a Whisper Room is ideal as it will truly help eliminate external sound.
Use a Script Stand
Using a script stand can help you to maintain a consistent distance from the microphone and keep your voice at the same level throughout the recording.
Warm up Your Voice
Before starting to record, it is important to warm up your voice.
This can be achieved through simple exercises such as humming or singing scales.
A voice coach is an ideal person to help you recognise the limits of your voice whilst helping you to leverage the sounds, accents and tones your individual voice can achieve, without damaging it in any way.
Speak Clearly and at a Consistent Pace
When recording a voiceover, it is important to speak clearly and at a consistent pace.
Take your time and ensure that you are enunciating each word clearly, without sounding as if you are the perfect AI!
Recording a voiceover can be tiring on the voice. Take regular breaks to rest your voice and ensure that you are hydrated.
Edit and Process your Recordings
Once you have recorded your voiceover, it is important to edit and process your recordings.
This can include removing any unwanted noise, adjusting levels and adding effects such as EQ or compression.
Speak to the client before you do any processing, as they may have their own engineers who would just prefer raw recordings.
Use a Professional Editing Software
There are a number of professional editing software options available, such as Pro Tools or Adobe Audition.
These tools offer a wide range of features and can help you to produce a high-quality voiceover.
British Voice Talent
Use your accent to your advantage. As a British voice talent, your accent can be a unique selling point.
Embrace your accent and use it to your advantage when recording voiceovers, as this will lead to a more natural read.
Work with a Voice Over Agency
Working with a voiceover agency can help you to find new clients and expand your network. They can also provide guidance on the best ways to market your voiceover services and increase your exposure.
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