Tips On Making The Best Voice Overs

1 – Put the right microphone in the right place

       Try to start with the right microphone – If possible, test your current microphone collection to see if one or more of them will make your voice sound the way you want it.  If so, that’s great.  If not, consider a few different options.

       2 – Use an anti-pop filter

       Pop filters are very useful when recording voiceovers.  Not only do they protect against hidden noise, but they can also help keep the loudspeaker at the right distance from the microphone.  If you hold the pop filter 4 to 6 inches in front of the microphone, the visual reference makes it easier for the announcer to stay 10 to 6 inches away from the pop filter instead of constantly trying to stay at 8 to 12 inches.  Microphone.

       3 – Use a desk

       A lecture not only helps the speaker maintain the correct distance from the microphone, but it also helps reduce paper rustle as the pages slide instead of turning when the script is on media.  Plus, you can set the dash high enough that the talent is looking into the microphone instead of looking down, which can restrict the vocal cords.

       4 – Make sure the recording room is not too lively

       It’s easy to add reverb or space to a recorded dry sound, but it’s difficult to remove atmosphere from a recording.  To make the original feel good with a title or background music, make sure the atmosphere in the room is minimal.  If you’re working in a large room with reflective walls, rather than a professional vocal booth, acoustic filters can have a huge impact on the sound of your VO.  Reflection filters can help control reflections in concert halls.

       5 – Make sure you have a copy of the script and take lots of notes

       You might think you remember what changed between Takes 25 and 26 of Chapter 3, but once you’ve recorded all 12 chapters of the book it will all look blurry, trust me.  Your notes may not be too detailed while reading.  Use the markers on the timeline to view the recording.  You will save yourself a lot of disappointment when it comes to setting the finale.

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       6 – Take care of your posture

       If possible, stop reading.  Otherwise, at least sit up straight.  Good posture will help you get good breathing support and make it easier for you to speak in a loud and clear voice.

       7 – take the glass in hand

       Make sure you stay hydrated.  Water works great whether it’s room temperature or warm.  When your mouth is dry, it makes noises (clicks, clicks) that distract from the message.

       8 – Remember that speaking is not always speaking

       While speaking is the most natural thing in the world, “speaking”, especially in a microphone, is not natural at all.  When talking to another person, you are not only using your voice, but also facial expressions, body language, gestures, all those things that help you to fully understand in face-to-face conversations,  But the voice doesn’t translate well.

       9 – Warm up your voice

       Warm up your voice by reading the script aloud before you start recording.  How to find the right combination of volume, projection and rhythm for voiceover.

       10 – Read the script aloud

       It is not uncommon for very well written, short, understandable and informative paragraphs to be difficult to read aloud.  The only way to find out is by reading the script aloud to see where the trouble lies.  Then find a way to clarify those difficult sections by adding a pause to separate a difficult section, or if the customer agrees, change a sentence or even a word if that solves the problem.

Christy Alexander