How to control outside noise when recording? That’s the question that comes to everybody’s mind whenever they are asked to do voice over work. The sound engineers of Hollywood can do wonders with their abilities! But how exactly do they do this? Well, here we have the answer!
The first priority in your voice over home studio set-up is to remove outside sounds like traffic, people, wind, noise, plumbing, air conditioning, computer equipment, footsteps and so on from becoming in your recordings.
So be careful of the noises outside your home recording studio – don’t let them in! Make sure you have a good quality microphone, headphones or ear plugs to absorb sound, especially outside. And be sure to turn the volume down very low during voice over work.
As you start planning your voice over work, do a little research to learn what is required to run a sound recording studio. If you don’t know what all the equipment is needed, ask your sound engineer to show you what’s needed.
You’ll find that each piece of equipment has its own job to do inside a voice-over recording studio and without that equipment, it just wouldn’t be possible to do a voice-over project.
For example, there are different pieces of equipment used for microphone pre-amps as well as different environments that a voice actor might need to use for his voice acting projects. You’ll find all kinds of different things like, cardio boxes for vocal warm-up exercises and so on.
One important tip is that your soundproofing studio setup should have sufficient sound absorption. This can be done with simply using foam panels and by using specialized sound absorption materials like sponge.
A good way to determine the amount of sound absorption needed in your studio setup is by keeping an eye out for sound reflections that come from the walls and ceiling.
If any such reflections are present, then you need to further enhance your soundproofing abilities.
Another tip for your voice over recording studio is having good ventilation. Remember that your recording equipment may well contain small fans and heaters, so you need to keep these clean and free from dust and dirt to prevent any kind of malfunction.
While heaters are perfectly fine for some situations, a lot of voice over recording studios actually prefer a quieter environment than with fans. This is simply because the fans tend to draw in more dust and dirt than the heaters and they also produce much less noise.
The next tip for your home voice over recording equipment is getting a good sound booth. When you’re setting up your studio setup recording equipment, always remember to get a booth that is as dark as possible.
A dark room will absorb a lot more light and will make your voice over booth a lot quieter than if you were to use a room with a lot of natural light. Of course, the opposite is true as well – if you place your voice over booth in a very light or bright place, the quality of your voice will be magnified because it has to absorb more light.
A good rule of thumb is to always aim for a medium to dark space.
The next tip to take note of for your home recording studio is the placement of the microphone. The location of your microphone is going to have a great impact on the quality of your voice over recording.
For most voice over performers, their home recording studio space tends to be quite echo-prone.
An excellent suggestion would be to either move the microphone as far away from the source of the sound as possible or to use an isolation microphone to reduce any noise that may be generated by the microphone’s movement.
An isolated microphone will remove any background noises that could cause a problem during voice over recording.
Lastly, remember to do some research into soundproofing your home voice recording studio. Soundproofing can help prevent a lot of unwanted sound from entering your recording space and masking up poor quality voice over performances.
The best way to soundproof your recording area is through soundproofing the doors and windows as well as the ceiling and floor above your recording area.
If you don’t feel like doing that, you can always purchase soundproofing materials and install them yourself (through a professional, of course). It is important to mention though that soundproofing will only be of benefit to those who plan on performing and recording using their home voice over studio as opposed to recording music for personal use only.
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