There was a time when it was necessary to use an elaborate studio for recording audio. Modern technology has progressed so far that the days of booking a studio have almost gone. Although recording studios are still used by large corporations the introduction of cheap audio interfaces, among other things, has meant that quality recording is now available to everybody.
In the Voice Over industry this revolutionary step forward has brought the recording studio into the home. The effects of this are twofold. Firstly, the recording artist can give a faster turnaround time as cutting out the studio means instant return. Secondly, there is a financial gain as customers are only paying the Voice Over talent and the cost of the studio has disappeared. When recording is complete the Voice Over talent can upload the audio themselves making the whole business fast and efficient.
On the face of it recording at home is a simple process but there are pitfalls that can trip you up if you are not careful. Here are the top five tips for successful recording at home.
- Eliminate Background Noises
Record a test segment and listen back to it using headphones. If there are any external noises they will be picked up by your condenser microphone.
- Press Record
Although it seems like a no brainer this is problem that a novice can encounter when recording their first session. DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software involves arming the track before you press record on the master controls. It is essential to remember that you are not recording until both actions have been taken.
- Check your Levels – Use a POP Filter
Audio recording can be ruined by popping noise throughout a track. Before you start recording make sure your audio levels are not peaking. Distorted audio cannot be used and your session will be ruined. Using a Pop Filter will help keep the plosives sounds to a minimum.
- Wear Headphones
Wearing headphones allows you to monitor your voice during recording and playback. Being aware of how your voice sounds is crucial to the quality of your recording and will help keep your voice lively throughout your recording session.
- Press Save
Saving your session at regular intervals is always a good idea. Backing up to an external drive is also recommended. When saving be sure to give your audio a recognizable title and save it in a known location.