If you are a voice actor beginner, you are lucky to find this article. There you go some extra tips that help your voice over sound incredible.
Read your script from a script instead of a paper:
By not printing your script on paper, you will be helping to save the environment, plus you can make quick changes to your script if you need to and you don’t have to worry about the sound of paper shuffling making its way into your recording.
Just be sure to use a mouse that scrolls silently so you don’t have to worry about the little clicking noise making its way into your recording.
Or, if you’re working off a laptop or a tablet, that’s even better as you can use your fingers to scroll.
Keep it simple:
A lot of people cringe when they hear the sound of their own voice. They compensate for the ” I can’t believe that’s what I really sound like,” by messing around with the noise reduction, EQ and compression settings that they find in their audio editing software to make it closer to what they think sounds good.
Unfortunately, this usually means that they go overboard.
Noise reduction is going to remove some of the low end frequencies of the noise that you may hear in your voice over, but it’s also going to remove some of the clarity and the quality of your voice.
You’re better off just finding a quiet space and not using a noise reducer at all.
A small amount of processing can add some rich, warm texture to your voice, but if you overdo it, it can also just ruin your entire voice over recording.
And most clients are going to end up tweaking the EQ and compression settings once they have the file. So, better off just sending them an untouched dry file that they can work with.
But if you just can’t help yourself and you want to add some kind of processing, it’s best to keep it simple.
If you’re using Adobe Audition, you can add some simple processing by going to effects, amplitude and compression, hard limiter and using the present light limiter to even out the recording.
That brings us to the final voice over tip, which is to:
Save your files in the correct format:
Saving your file in the wrong format could make your voice over end up sounding like an AM radio-station.
But with options like Monkey’s Audio, FLAC and OGG, it can be confusing.
Now, this may look different depending on which software you use to record and edit, but the values are going to be the same no matter what you’re using.
To keep it simple, always record your voice over with a sample rate of 44.1 or 48 kilohertz.
Under channels, just select mono which is fine for voice over.
For bit depth, you want to go with 16 or 24.
Either one is going to be fine.
Once you’ve got these set, you can go ahead and record and the quality is going to sound great.
Then, when you go to save your file, the most common file formats for voice over are MP3, WAV and AIF. If this is for a client, you want to ask what they prefer.
Otherwise, just know that WAV and AIF files will preserve the high quality recordings but create massive file sizes. MP3 files end up being much smaller in size and as long as you save out at 192 kilobits per second or higher, you’re not going to notice much difference in your voice quality.
At last, we in Ragab Voice can help you record your voice, write your script, do your mixing, sound design, or rent our studio or a mega-hit record.