audio for your audition

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.

Audition Tips for Voice Overs

Auditioning Tips

Ok so, you have taken the necessary classes, learning about voice tone, how to deliver the message with sincerity, and how to interpret every last detail of the copy. You have done your work well, creating you demo and delivering it to all the casting directors and agents you can find. That paid off big time because your phone just rang and you have arranged for your first voice over audition.

Here is where everything comes together. You are aware that you have all the talent and skills you need to get into voice acting, and the only thing standing between you and success is that first voice over audition. Calm down, there is nothing to worry about. With the tips below you will be ready and primed to take that audition by storm.

1. Every audition begins long before it actually takes place. The best time to start preparing your voice is the minute you hear that you have one scheduled. That means avoiding any and all beverages and other things that are known to cause stickiness or dryness in your throat and mouth. You should only be drinking water right now and leave the coffee, milk, sodas and other beverages alone until after your voice over audition. Replace these with water so that you will remain hydrated.

2. This is not the time to stay mute, but you will want to avoid straining your voice. In order for your voice over audition to be well received, your vocal cords will need to be strong for your audition. Even if you do watch your favorite sports team in their final competition, make sure that you refrain from screaming at the refs or yelling with excitement when they score.

3. Get to bed early, and if you can, take a nap before going to your audition. Make sure that you early enough to go over the script without being rushed. Stress will show up in your voice and you don’t want that to happen so do what you can to stay calm. Do some vocal exercises so that your voice will be warmed up and ready to go.

4. You want to feel comfortable and confident during your voice over audition. That means dressing the part of a true professional. Business casual will get you there without being overdressed. Don’t wear noisy clothing or jewelry that can interfere with your microphone techniques.

5. Practice your script analysis technique the night before your audition so that you will be ready when the time comes to go over the real script. Take a pencil with you to your voice over audition and mark the script according to how you feel the advertiser wants the message to be conveyed.

By using the above tips, you will be well prepared to offer your best voice over audition. Just remember that even if you do not get this one there is another one down the road that is just right for you. It is these auditions that give you the exposure you need to be recognized. You should take advantage of every opportunity to audition, even if you feel that you may not be a good fit. You never know when you will get that break you’ve been waiting for. By giving your best performance every time, you will gain the confidence you need and make a good impression on clients.

So you want to be a voice over

You have got to read

So, you want to be a Voice Over? | Sarah Sealey

studio finder

Marketing your with voice over promotion is quite difficult, years ago ad word was a great way of voice over promotion, you got your credit card out signed up and  with a little cash to splash you could be seen and booked.

These days ad words is soooooo  expensive  so what can you do to improve your search results and there fore get more gigs.

Well you could go to a P2P site and there are lots……seems like there are  p2p sites opening up every day, like voice 123 Voices .com or Bodalgo  they are all there to take your money and put you up for jobs and audition with a numerous other voice actors so how do you get your self out there, well, if you have your own studio and you want to maybe earn some cash to pay for isdn, or more equipment then a great site is the have  list of voice overs and studio’s that are available to hire.https://voiceoverstudiofinder.com

It is a great site with details of uk and European  studio and voice over artists that are available and if you do a lot of traveling and you don’t want to carry a mobile rig with you and a job comes in it’s a fantastic site to find a friendly studio you can use, some have isdn or ipdtl or source connect, so the next time your on the road have a look at www.studiofiner.com and you can sign up to it as well for free it will also help you with seo, it is run by the wonderful Guy Harris.

So when you have a minute go on and take a look.

https://voiceoverstudiofinder.com

I hope it maybe of use in the future for you.

 

Audio Books

Audio Books

There areso many sides to voice over, not just commercial or tv  work,on of the most interesting  is audio  book narration.

You will need stamina lots of tepid water to drink and an interest in story telling an audio book session will be 5 hours of continious talking……told you, you need stamina didn’t I.

It is  thought you should read for a max of around 50 mins, and goes on non stop.

And this process could be 1 or 2days a large project  would last for a few weeks.

Audio Books

You could moths later be called back to do pick ups or even replacing whole pages or 2 thats when you need to be able to  match your delivery and vocal quality from original session.

You may end up being both the narrator AND the producer

It might be worth looking out for a coach that has experience of this type of vo work taking an acting class or two would be very useful..

You can get more information on  the audio book industry at www.audiopub.org.

It is a pretty tiring doing audio books but if you enjoy acting and storytelling this maybe the area  of voice over work that could be for you.

One of the top audio book narrators is Hillary Huber at www.hillaryhuber.com have alook at here site  she has done loads………not as lucrative as other area’s of the VO industry  but lots of fun.

How much for a voice over?

How much for a Voice Over?

It is a big question and very hard to get to grips with, if you are a seller (Voice) or Buyer (client)……… read on……..

How much for a Voice Over?

First of all if you are a buyer of voice over artist services it can be hard to work out what you need to spend.

If you are a big  corporation with a big budget you can get the right voice  for your project actors like Martin Clunes do masses of TV ads and get what they or the agent asks for regarding fees…….

So  how much for a Voice Over.

If you have a smaller budget, well you could go down the route of using Fivver, and get a male or female voice and as it says on the tin will only cost you a  a crisp 5 dollars……….But hold on how about the quality of the voices studio, he or she may have only just got going in the business, and have just a mic  in to the PC or Mac have they got a decent sounding studio or are they voicing in the kitchen……..with kids and dogs barking…in the background? not really a great idea for your business

Or you could go with a pro voice over that will take time over the script, and has spent good money on getting the sound right, with a professional  mic and very expensive and proofing.

A great place to look and hear professional voice over artists is  http://www.voiceovers.co.uk male and female young and not so young voices, some have ISDN   some not I am on there so you could listen to me if you want http://www.voiceovers.co.uk/andy.freeman

Each artist will have his or her BSF which is kown as the Basic Studio Fee with usage on top mainly for broadcast TV or Radio work.

The other option is what is known as a buy out when you pay pay BSF plus a buyout fee so you can use the audio when ever you want.

I hope it has given you a little guide if you are a buyer of Voice Overs

Voice Over Booth

 

 

VOICE OVER BOOTH

If you are looking for a voice  booth for your  business thought  to Booth or not to booth that is the question.

As you can imagine  there are  lots of options  around  but none are cheap, but it will last you a long time you can see an Esmono booth here http://www.esmono.co.uk/ they come in a variety of sizes  just bear in mind they are pretty heavy so you what ever booth you buy you will need help to set it up or you could get the company to do it for you.

Another option is Vocal Booth they have UK distribution

 

 

Headphone heaven for your studio.

Headphone Heaven for your  studio

If you do voice overs you will need to have a way of hearing yourself during your session and also when you play back your  voice, to see if there are any mouth noises or check if there are room noises that my ruin your recording, this is where a good set off headphones or cans as they are known in the business.

Please don’t waste you money on cheap and or domestic headphones, you will want a true reflection of your voice and cheap phones just will not cut the audio mustard.

Here are a pair that will not break the bank and sound pretty good as well.dt100the  dt 100

You will see these on radio station studios, voice over booths and recording studios in general all over the world.

These are headphone heaven and not too expensive you can get  DT100s from a variety of suppliers like Absolute Music in Poole Dorset UK,I go there as it its just down the road and they are very helpful.

The cans  I have in my booth are the DT770s  and for me they are really good ,very comfortable handy if you have a long job like audio book or E Learning narration.

DT 770

If you dont fancy closed     try these  sennheiserPX100_01

They are from Sennhieser PK 100  quite toppy but it may suit your style and are very light……..also useful if your on the road yoou can pack the away  when needs be……….

At the end of the day you need to have a listen to as many as you can and find out which pair is right for you and your studio enviroment.

I hope the above has given you food for thought and is of help when you decide to  put your home studio together in the near future    so enjoy your slice of headphone heaven……..

ISDN

ctober 3, 2015

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<h2>ISDN or Not to ISDN,that is the question.</h2>

To connect to other studios instantly you need ISDN.

It allows you to hook up with radio stations all over the world and opens up a bigger market for your voice over business.

The trouble is in the UK its very expensive to get set up I have give a list of current charges .

so what do you do?

ISDN or Not to ISDN

at the bottom of the blog, I know the figures are high and don’t forget the cost of the calls as well have to be factored in.

Most radio stations should they book you will dial in to you.

The alternatives are you can use SKYPE but at the moment the sound can be a bit dodgy, the one that a lot of voice over artists are using is Source Connect from <a href=”https://now.source-elements.com/”>https://now.source-elements.com</a>

which at present is free, the other service IPDTL and can be found at<a href=”https://ipdtl.com/”> https://ipdtl.com/</a> they charge a yearly free and is UK based.

I suppose its all down to what you want to do, if you think you can get lots of radio commercials then it mbe the right thing to do to get ISDN which although is considered old tech is still used by the vast majority of radio stations in the UK and abroad also many production houses use it as it is very stable.

You will also need a bit of kit to connect to isdn which can cost upto £2000  called a codec which basically turns your telephone line into a something that will then sound good enough to use, but there are new kids on the block like <a href=”http://www.ipdtl.com”>IPDTL</a> that may finally put an end to expensive ISDN charges, so  I will check out IPDTL and see what people are saying about it and who might be using it.

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Voice Over Buzz Word

If you  are setting up a studio for your voice over business, it can be fun , but daunting as you can imagine. So the VO buzz word  today is choosing a micrphone

So, what if you are not a techy person  where do you start?

Well, a good mic is the basis of your studio. On Amazon you can pick up a a Rode NT 1000  for just over £100  which  has a nice sound to it  and will not break the bank……….another microphone you may like to check out is the Sontronic SP 20 here’s a pic .SON_stc20pack_micpop

Some retailers can offer a deal that comprises of mic plus stand and a pop shield.

what you need next is an interface or a mic pre amp so you can plug your mic into it and then that connects to your PC/MAC.

I have been using a scarlet 2i2 which is small and perfectly formed ideal if  space is an issue or you intend to go on the road with it.

It has 2 focus rite pre amps that are crystal clear and great value for money, and you can use it with your laptop which can be really be helpful if you are away from your studio and a rush job comes in.

Ok now you ave mic an interface or mic preamp you need to be able to monitor what you are recording, you need headphones!!!!!   DT 100s from beyer are the industry standard and you see them all the time in radio and production studio’s around the world but my favorite cans are the DT 770s they are more comfortable for times when you have a long read to do like an audio book or an E Learning project the choice is yours but make sure your happy with whatever you use as they will be used ever day.

So m there you go some idea’s to mull over…….good fun but make sure you buy the best you can afford.