Category Archives: Equipment

Hints and suggestion on gear and gadgets you may need for home recording

What Is Microphone “Gain” in Voice Over Recording?

There’s a term that has moved from the domain of electrical engineers to the everyday world of the home voice over studio. Unfortunately the “techie” baggage the term brings with it confuses or even frightens many aspiring audio engineer/voice talents. … Continue reading

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Normalizing Voice Over – The Last Thing You Want to Do

When you’re recording voice over you want to use my “Goldilocks” theory of recording: Not to Hot or the sound will clip and distort.  And not too Cold or your voice will compete with the noise floor of the recording. … Continue reading

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Voice Over Home Recording Studio – What you really need

Yes you need the ability to record at home to be a voice over talent.  But if you’re just beginning, keep it simple.  Here are the four things you need to create broadcast quality recordings.  Any other tips? Let me … Continue reading

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ADR Automated Dialog Replacement for Film-at Aliso Creek Studios

Ever since the “Talkies” were invented, film has been a combination of the visual element – the film – and audio elements – dialog, ambiance, sound effects, “foley” and music.  The first problem they had to solve was “synching” the … Continue reading

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Annoying Quirks in Audacity and How to Fix Them for Voice Over Recording

To record voiceovers you need four things:  A computer, a microphone, headphones and a recording application.  You can get fancier if you want, but these four items will get you where you want to go.  I recommend Audacity as a effective … Continue reading

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Think USB Mics Aren’t Professional for Voice Over?

To USB or not to USB? Some people caution against using a USB mic for voice over.  But these mics have evolved. Now you can create broadcast quality audio with a USB microphone.  But you have to choose the right … Continue reading

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Speed Up Your Recording: Set Your Audacity Preferences

If you record with Audacity Recording Software you notice that each time you record certain file specifications are used.  And when you export certain specs, such as the bit rate for your MP3s, are used.  And you may notice that … Continue reading

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Doing Pickups? Do You Match Your Sound?

OK, you finished a long, involved business narration.  You’ve done the slicing and dicing and sent the client flawless edited files.  Maybe you underbid this job a little but you stuck it out and you finally uploaded the files, invoiced … Continue reading

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Eliminate Noise in Your Voice Over Recordings

What is Noise in a Voice Over Recording? Trying to define noise is like trying to define a “weed”.  A rose can be a weed in a vegetable garden.  Many a lawn-care expert spends much energy defeating the dreaded dandelion and … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Choosing a USB Mic

Once upon a time audio engineers dreamed of a digital microphone.  With the advent of the USB mic that dream is now a reality.  This type of mic requires no mixing board or interface box.  You simply plug it into … Continue reading

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