Making Your Audio Shine |
When thinking about creating your sound, the decisions you make start with the mic you choose.
Bryant says that, “Right at the beginning, you have a choice to decide on your sound before you even play with [software] plugins.”
He advises that a microphone can make you sound differently. For instance, some are designed to make you sound deeper, and some will make you sound more bright.
When it comes to the number of mics you need to own Bryant says, “Do you have to have a million? No, you need about two, you can go to three.”
You might choose a few different mics for different types of work. For example, if you’ll be reading a lot of promos you might go for a mic that emphasizes the bass in your voice. If you were looking to create a more conversational sound, you might go for something that’s brighter.
Preparing Final Audio is Different than Preparing it for Auditions
When it comes to audio post-production, how you approach preparing auditions versus final files, may differ.
For instance, Bryant recommends that all voice talent normalize their auditions, as doing so has become standard. He’s seen clients move on when an audition wasn’t normalized because the levels were low, as clients are looking for a reason to narrow down their auditions.
Bryant advises that once you get the job, it’s wise to ask if the final recording is going to a mixing engineer, or mixer, before delivering the final file. If it is going to a mixer you don’t have to do much to manipulate the audio, including fixing glitches or room noise.
He says, “Send it to us! We’ve got all these plugins – thousands of dollars of plugins to fix [room noise]!” However, he notes that if you’re going to be sending out an audition directly to a client and you know that your audio would sound better with noise reduction, that is the time to apply it.
Perfecting Your In-Studio Sound is Up to You
Due to different setups, there isn’t one standard solution to create a great sound.
“Everyone’s room at home is different. Everyone’s setup is different. Keep this in mind,” he says.
While it may seem like having no one solution is a drawback, he suggests that the advantage of owning a home studio is that you’re in that environment all the time, and you can really get to know your sound.
“You only have to work on one voice, which is yours. So you have a big advantage there too.” He suggests that since you can become so familiar with your voice it means you can, over time, optimize how you sound.