Clearly, all Voice-talent will avoid going out of the house, so recording voice overs remotely is the only way in which we can continue during these dreadful times. The fact is that no one knows when this insidious virus will be eradicated, so I guess that we have to be industrious, keep up the routine and keep ourselves busy.
Fortunately, work has not dried completely and there is still a stream of work which keeps us active, just not from where you would expect.
Most voice talent will have their home studios and can work online with their clients, but look at all the Facebook groups aimed at voice-overs and that’s where the dissent begins.
For example people are very precious about their choice of computer If they have a P.C. then they will sing its praises. If they have a Mac then ‘they’ are the chosen ones…they have seen the light and pity anyone else who has yet to go down the same path.
Truth be told it matters little. Laptop or desktop. Mac or P.C so long as it’s a relatively recent beast with enough ‘oomph’ to do the job.
One of the most important things you can do to make your recordings sound right is to think carefully about where you will be recording. Seems obvious, but you don’t want any extraneous noise seeping in. You would be surprised at how many lawnmowers and strimmers live in suburbia, so make sure you are in a very, very quiet room, no mean feat when your wife and kids are home, the first wanting you to do jobs you promised and forgot and the second simply wanting attention. Clearly, this brings to scrutiny ‘When’ you record. perhaps when the kids are in bed?
What about sound quality in your chosen room? well, you could simply burrow underneath the bedclothes or hide in a closet, it does the job, but it’s hot, uncomfortable and awkward, and does not allow for you to throw your hands about, yes, I know no one can see you, but they will get the emotion.
If you’ve found a suitable room to use just stop. Look at it from the floor upwards. It’s no good recording in a room with a laminate floor, it echoes like mad and reflects sound back. use a room with carpet and place the Mic stand on a rug, this will help to avoid vibration.
If you are in a room with curtains, close and face them when you record. If you have bookshelves in the room so much the better, they’re brilliant at diffusing sound. Of course, if you really want to go to town, then foam acoustic panels are great for the walls, but in any event, keep away from the walls.
As well as acoustic panels I use a reflexion filter which sits behind the mic and absorbs reflected sound.
Adjust your studio until you find a natural sound and check it regularly, you would be astonished at how much it can change.
Look up. If you can afford it why not put a few fan panel on the ceiling? If you stand whilst recording sound will reflect from on high.
In future blogs I will have a look at some of the Techy bits which I like to use, it might not cover all but hey, it works for me.
Oh and by the way, Peter is my ‘Executive Producer’. Well, it gets lonely in self-isolation.