A great voice-over is so powerful it can make any audio-video content more engaging. For starters, who wants to read onscreen text? On top of that, using voice-over in any production enables the team to raise their total efficiency, including cost efficiency.
If youre an aspiring voice-over artist, there are so many things you need to know about getting it right, and without a doubt, this list includes recording yourself. Without a doubt, this will play a big role in achieving success as a pro voice-over artist. When you can listen to your own voice, you can critique yourself, and slowly but surely, you will improve.
After a while, you may consider setting up a recording studio right in your own home. If you dont think you can do it by yourself, you can always get someones help. Before that, you can use your laptop or desktop, along with certain software that lets you record your audio and play it back.
After recording your practice sessions, you can proceed to editing and improving the quality of the final sound. Dont worry, this isnt rocket science. Your main task is to improve your voice-over skills. You can take care of the technical aspect later.
Clearly, youre going to need a microphone for this project. Newbies usually start out with a condenser microphone, a common fixture in recording studios everywhere, which is preferred for two reasons: it has remarkable transient response (the mics ability to reproduce the speed of your voice) and its frequency range is particularly large.
They also usually have a louder output and are way more sensitive to loud sounds compared other types.
As soon as youre ready, look for a quiet and comfortable area in your home, do a test recording and see if your sound levels are right. Remember to keep the recording meter from reaching the red as this will introduce noise and possibly distortion even. To create the best results, use headphones plugged into your computer – you dont want your mic to record the sound from your speakers.
Once everything checks out, you can begin recording, and make sure you maintain the original position of your mic.
Then, when youre done, be sure to save your work and listen to your recordings. The good news is you will find lots of software that come in handy for this purpose.
With businesses needing more and more audio-visual content, voice-over talents keep soaring in demand. Recently, voice-over was number 4 among the 20 fastest growing skills according to online job websites.