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Top 10 Tips for Recording High Quality Voice Overs for Video

November 25, 2013

So you have a killer video that will knock your audience off their socks; Now all you have to do is add some awesome audio to put the finishing touches on. For a video project to look professional, both elements need to be great – if either is missing, you’ll come across as an amateur.

With that in mind, here are ten tips for recording amazing video voice overs:

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1. Find the right place

If a professional studio is not in your budget, find the best place in your home to record. Read the script aloud in each room and listen carefully to see if rooms are suitable. Look for easy-to-fix problems, such as: B. Reverb (use a hypercardioid microphone) or “dead” sound (try removing those super-heavy curtains that absorb all of the sound).

2. Make a statement

No matter how far you hold the script as you record your voiceover, chances are you can still hear the rustle of the paper. Invest in a book stand that will keep your script still. Also, consider the breaks in your script – print it out so that each section can be viewed without turning the page.

3. Go pop

Tips for recording high quality audioYou should avoid plosives and sibilants – these are the noble words for the pop and hiss sound that you sometimes hear on recordings whose words begin with ‘P’ or ‘S’. So it’s a good idea to invest in a pop filter, which is a shield between the speaker and the microphone. Pop filters cost around $ 10-25.
However, if you want to test that you actually need one, test your microphone with the ‘Popcorn / Seashell’ test. Listen to a recording of you saying these words to see if you hear a crack or a hiss.

4. An apple a day …

To get the best singing out of your speaker, its mouth needs to be slightly damp. However, endless sips of water can mean that you spend more time in the bathroom than in front of the microphone! A good tip is to have a tart apple (like a Granny Smith) on hand. One bite cleans the decks, so to speak, and your performer’s vocals will sound crystal clear.

5. Listen carefully …

If you record your singing “deaf” and hope to fix all of the problems in the editing suite, this is a recipe for disaster. Good headphones or monitor speakers are just as important as a decent microphone. You’ll see details that you might otherwise have missed and you can monitor the quality much more closely. It will likely be a lot easier to repeat the shot than trying to cut out imperfections later.

6. Wordsmith miracle

Are you having trouble reading your voice?While your script is nice to read on the page, it could be a very different ball game reading it aloud. Keep it concise and easy to pronounce. Then make sure you practice reading a few times before passing it on to an artist.

7. Don’t stop believing

Just because your speaker collapsed in a fit of giggles or was playing the microphone doesn’t mean the whole project is doomed. Take a deep breath and assess the situation. Sometimes a short break can make all the difference.

8. The best things in life are free

See if a media student can help with your voice overWhile paying for a professional voice actor is likely to produce professional results, if this is your first project and your budget is limited, consider contacting a local college or university. Media students are likely looking for work experience, and if you can offer them something that looks good on their resume, they can just do the job for free. However, whenever possible, try to give them something for their hard work – whether it be a thank you or a promise of a good reference, they should be rewarded for their help.

9. Save it

Save your work on an external hard driveThe worst thing that could happen if you worked so hard creating the audio would be to start over, so make sure you save your work properly. If you film and record a lot, it may be a good idea to invest in an external hard drive and regularly back up your work.

10. Well dressed

Both you, the producer, and your voice actor (or, if you’re the same person, just you) need to dress for the occasion. The recording studio, wherever it is, can get hot and stuffy or too cold, and either way the recording suffers because the speaker is uncomfortable. Dress in layers so you can easily cool down or warm up without interrupting the session for too long.

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Peter Robins

This guest post was written by Peter Robins. Peters works for Kings Audio and is a technology and AV equipment obsessed sound professional. King’s Audio sells a range of AV equipment including studio microphones (like this one), headphones, and disc producers. If you want to learn more, visit her blog here.