So, you’re ready to record a voice over right? Have you warmed up your voice? My favorite vocal exercise is doing tongue twisters. You can find many wonderful tongue twisters if you make a simple search on YouTube. The bigger variety of tongue twisters that you can locate the better. Another awesome voice over exercise is reading out loud. Read the billboards you see on the roadways on your way to the store. Look for a magazine and find the advertisements in it and read those. Now that your voice is prepared to go, let’s talk about your studio.
What is the current state of your recording environment? One of the first things that can be an enormous difference in your recording is the acoustic treatment in the room where you’re recording. Instead of ordering that awesome microphone online right away. The first thing you might give consideration would be treating the room that you’re recording in. The cheapest microphone will always sound better than the more expensive microphone when your studio is not treated with acoustic panels, bass traps or acoustic foam. The reason for acoustic treatment is because when you’re recording, the sound is about to bounce off the walls, the ceiling, and at every angle and reflect back to your microphone. So if you have poor acoustic treatment in your room it will be reflected back into your recording. This is not good because no audio engineer can remove audible reflections from your audio.
Now the recording environment is complete. Ready to chat about your audio interface or sound card? Even though your computer has a sound card, you will get much better results with a separate recording device. By having an external audio interface you will have a lower sound floor, giving you a wider dynamic range of your audio. When considering your recording and bit depth. You will always want to set it at either 44,100 hertz and 16-bit or some people like to record at 48,000 hertz and 24 bits. Since the human voice is mono, you will want to record your voice over in mono.
You have your audio interface, and you’ll probably want to purchase a large diaphragm condenser microphone for the highest quality voice-tracks. A condenser microphone is also highly sensitive to sound that will make an accurate representation of your recording. At the same time being more responsive means that it is most likely to pick up noise from the recording environment. You probably want to ensure that you have a pop filter. I’m sure that you’ve seen them before. They have a screen and a flexible arm that will clip onto your microphone stand. The purpose of the pop filter is to prevent plosives (the sudden release of breath due to “b” and “p”) sounds from reaching the microphone and leaking into your voice over.
Alright, you’ve got audacity, adobe audition, reaper, or pro tools installed on your computer and you’re eager to record.
• Adjust the audio interface or pre-amp so the volume never reaches the clipping point – 12 always works for me
• Hit record
• Clean up your audio and edit any mistakes
• Normalize to -3 DB
• Save your file as an .Mp3 .Wav or AIFF file
Congratulations you have completed recording your voice over!