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Start With Good Levels-180 To Great VO

Successful voice-over recording requires that we start with good levels. Remember, this is just the beginning of the project. There is still a lot of post-production to take place after the recording part of the session. Everything you do to prepare the voice file to send to your client is your own post-production, but the engineer on the other end may have a lot more to do before the production…

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The Cardioid Sweet Spot

In this video post, I will be talking about the cardioid sweet spot on large diaphragm condenser microphones. Too many people are getting this wrong and I want to make sure you’re not one of them. But first, I feel the need to emphasize the difference between a condenser mic and a dynamic mic. Why Voice Talent Use A Condenser Mic In the voice-over industry, we use condenser mics because…

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An Editing Trick I've Used For 20 Years-180 To Great VO

An Editing Trick I’ve Used For 20 Years-180 To Great VO

Digital Audio Workstations can be frustrating to use. They are packed with features to be able to do just about anything concerning audio. Sometimes those features get in the way of what we are trying to accomplish. I’ll show you an editing trick I’ve used for 20 years that will eliminate a common problem. Working with recorded audio requires some expertise that many people are just not interested in reading…

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Using Markers-180 To Great VO

Using markers is a great way to get a visual representation of your voice over session even before you do any recording. I like to think of the edit window in my recording program as a blank sheet of paper. Just like with paper, though, you can either stare at it and get intimidated by blank space or your first draft will be rough if you don’t plan. Some people will…

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Save Time With Templates-180 To Great VO

Let’s Face It, Life Is Short. Really, IT IS SHORT! I hate doing the same things over and over again. We can waste so much time just repeating the same tasks, and starting a recording session should not be one of them. You can save time with templates. The first in a series I am calling 180 To Great VO, 180 seconds or three minutes to turn things around and…

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