Room Echo? How You Should Position Your VO Home Studio

Record from home and make big $ !

Reverberation diagram

Eliminate that dreaded room echo!

OK, you’ve decided to be the next Don Lafontaine or Nancy Cartwright.  And you’re convinced that, just like selling Amway, you can do it all at home from your kitchen table. Well, not exactly.  One of the biggest problems with home recording is “room echo”.  I preach this constantly.

Room echo is the natural reverberation or echo that occurs in a room when you talk.  The sound moves from your talented mouth to the microphone. But not all of it. Continue reading

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Do You Need a Voice Over Website? Here Are 9 Hints to Help You

Hints for your Voice Over Demo

A voice over website will allow anyone in the world to play or download your demo

You’re voice over demo may be available many places on the web.  Your agent may post your demo on their site.  You may be on voicebank.net.  If you participate in online casting your demo is on that site as well.

So do you need your own website as a voice over talent?  Yes!

Why? To control your V O destiny! Here’s the problem.  Suppose someone wants to hire you for a voice over job and they want to hear your demo.  So you send them to your agent, voicebank.net or, even worse, voices.com or voice123.com.  You’ve inviting them to look over the competition.  Oops! Continue reading

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Voice Over Recording-Pickups Can Speed The Process

girl-on-mic“Do you come here often?… What’s your sign?”

No! Not THAT kind of pickup! In voice over recording, a “pickup” is a sentence or phrase which didn’t come out correctly the first time, so it is repeated, hopefully with better results.

For example, you may have a line that goes “this is the last time”. You perform the line and then decide that you want to emphasize “last time” more. So you repeat the line immediately: “this is the LAST TIME!”  Ahhh! Much better!

By using pickups this way you are actually editing “on the fly”. There are several uses for pickups and they can save you much time and frustration.  Let’s look at the pickup possibilities. Continue reading

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Voice Over Editing… Watch Your Ps and Qs

alphabet

Watch out for “unvoiced” consonants when you are editing breaths.

Well actually, watch your Fs and Ss and Ts as well.  What do I mean? First, let’s talk about consonants. When you were in school they taught you about vowels: A E I O and U (and sometimes Y and W).

The other letters were consonants.  B  C D F G etc.  This was certainly correct, but what you weren’t told is that many of these letters have two sounds.

We have what are called “voiced” consonants and “unvoiced” consonants.   Continue reading

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Fun Improv Class Enhances Your Voice Over Spontaneity

The essence of a great voice actor is the ability to speak the written word as if it was spontaneous. This may seem challenging, but with the fun and exhilarating exercises of Improvisation, not only will you become a better voice actor, but you’ll have fun and meet exciting people like yourself.

Voice acting is a mix of both the critical script analyzing left brain and the fun spontaneous, intuitive and artistic right brain. The techniques learned in fundamentals classes such as analyzing script and knowing what keywords to put emphasis on, are necessary skills in voice over acting. However, you need that artistic, method acting approach of being in the moment to really make the script come alive-And this is where Improvisation plays a key role. Continue reading

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Different Ways to Deliver LARGE Voice Over Audio files

Audio Waveform

Wav files longer than a minute should be delivered using

Well, it happened again. I got a small job for a video narration about a hotel. No big deal. Two and half pages. A few words that were tricky to pronounce but overall an easy job. Then I got the email from the client. “Please email me the finished files in WAV format.”

These clients are out there, and you are going to run into them sooner or later. The ones that are familiar with the digital terms but don’t really know what they signify. I’ve always said, you don’t have to be Bill Gates to do this stuff but you DO need to know a bit more than the client. The bottom line: anything longer than about a minute in WAV format is going to be too large to email. Usually WAY to large.  So what is Plan B? Continue reading

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Speed Up Those Online Voice Over Auditions for Mo’ Money

 

Old Stopwatch

The Clock Is Ticking! Nail that audition and move on!

If you are performing online auditions, eventually you’re going to need to speed up the process.  Nowadays we voice pros wear a variety of hats.  When you’re auditioning you’re the talent, the booth director and the engineer.  Well, now throw in efficiency expert for good measure.

So what do I mean?  I’ve had conversations with budding VO talent that take hours to hone one audition.  Let’s say it takes you an hour and a half to record, edit, export a file and upload it…

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Magic Jack Plus: Now Have a Voice Over Phone Patch Anywhere There’s Internet

Magic Jack Plus

With Magic Jack Plus you can have a phone line anywhere you have high speed internet

New technology has proven to be extremely beneficial in the emergence of voice-over home recording studios. So it is not surprising that the industry has jumped on the use of voice over IP gadgets.

The name may be a bit misleading as VOIP’s don’t really have anything to do with voice overs. VOIP is technology that allows users to send voice and data files over broadband internet.  Continue reading

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Stop Killing Trees! Digital Book Readers & Tablets for Voice Over

Use the Amazon Kindle or a tablet to read copy for auditions and jobs

Use the Amazon Kindle or a tablet to read copy for auditions and jobs

While the demand for voice-over talent has grown dramatically in the past few years, so has the increase in competition.

That is why in today’s VO industry, whatever you can do to cut down on the time it takes to work through auditions will increase your chances of striking gold and booking the job.

One way to increase your audition efficiency is by using digital tablets such as the Apple iPad or book readers like the Kindle to transfer, store and then read copy for auditions. Continue reading

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The Next Voice Over Studio Step… Near Field Monitor Speakers

 

KRK Rokit Monitors

KRK Rokit RP5 Monitors are one example or near field monitors

You can record and evaluate your voice over performances with a good set of headphones but at some point you might want to add a set of monitor speakers.

Monitor speakers allow you to hear the audio in the natural room environment  that it is likely to eventually be played.

So, how do these monitors differ from the run-of-the-mill speakers you’d find in your buddies surround sound set up?  And how do you sift through all the technical jargon to find a quality, yet affordable, set of home studio monitors? Here are four qualities and a tip to keep in mind when looking for a home studio monitors. Continue reading

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