Whether you’re a budding voice over artist or a seasoned professional, one of the great aspects about the work is that you can do it virtually anywhere where you can find a recording booth. Whether it’s in London, Lisbon, Lahore, Los Angeles or Launceston.
While having access to a commercially-built voice booth is possible for some voice over artists, for many it’s far better to have a home set-up. That’s the way most of our talented voice over artists record their work and it’s becoming more common in the industry.
So, how do you set up your own home recording booth? Here are our tips to get you started.
7 tips for setting up a good home recording booth for a voice over artist.
- Perhaps the most important part of your recording booth is the space itself. If you share your home with others, you’ll want to find a space that’s away from areas that can be noisy such as kitchens and bathrooms. You also must consider outside noise, such as traffic, garden equipment and loud neighbours. A spare bedroom, a basement or even under the stairs or in a large cupboard may do. It’s difficult to filter or block out external noise, so finding a quiet space is important.
- Next, you’ll need to make your space is acoustically ‘dead’ (with no echo or reverberation). You can purchase a commercial sound booth, but these can be relatively expensive. Many voice over artists start out by adding sound absorbing materials to their chosen space, such as rugs, carpet, acoustic foam and special acoustic panels.
- Next comes the equipment, starting with a microphone and stand. A good quality condenser microphone is the best choice for a voice over artist, as they pick up a greater range of sound and the sparkle of a human voice. Dynamic and podcast-style microphones are not as suited to recording voice overs.
- A pop shield for your microphone is next. This is attached to the front of your microphone and helps reduce the ‘pops’ and plosions that will otherwise be picked up.
- You’ll also need a reliable computer to run a recording app, such as Adobe Audition or Audacity, and it will also allow you to edit and upload your voice over recordings to clients.
- If your microphone doesn’t plug into your computer via USB (and it’s best to stay away from USB voice over mics as they can have a thinner, cheap sound) , you’ll also need a good USB audio interface to connect your microphone to your computer.
- A set of headphones is another must. You may already have some for listening to music and these may do. As well as listening to yourself record, you’ll need to hear clients directing you, if they’re joining the session. Make sure they’re comfortable enough to be worn for longer voice overs sessions.
Remember. You can have all the gear, but don’t underestimate the importance of your ear. Listening as you record and self-directing is a difficult skill to master and takes a few years of practice.
But if you listen to other voice over artists, learn to listen to yourself, think about the subtleties and the intended meaning of a script, you’ll be well on the way to success!
We’re always looking for new voice over artists. Drop us your demo and we’ll let you know if we think you’d be a good fit.