How to Record a Voice Over

You do not need to be an expert voice over actor to make a great voice over recording. The secret of making a professional sounding voice over is a good preparation. This video has 5 great tips on how to record a voice over with high quality!

5 Simple Steps in Voice Over Recording

  1. Find a quiet room. You need to find a place where you can record in peace. A bedroom is a good example. If you have a den or a study, those would do well too. An attic or a basement can also be a good place to have a voice over recording session just as long as you can eliminate background noises.
  2. Eliminate all background noises. Make sure that you turn off anything that makes noises in your recording place. Examples of these things are fans, air conditioning units, and routers. Make sure that you face your microphone away from the computer to reduce any interference. Your computer is also another source of background noises. You may cover your computer with a blanket or a pillow to reduce noise but make sure that there are still open vents so that your computer will not overheat. You may also purchase extension cords so that you can place the noisy parts of the computer in another room while the microphone, computer screen and the mouse is in the same room as you. Cover the floor with a carpet or any soft material. If you cannot afford to buy acoustic foam for hard surfaces, you can use old mattresses and drapes to do the trick.
  3. Read the script for a couple of times. Voice over recording while reading a script for the first time will only lead to disaster. No matter how good you are in reading loudly, there are certain aspects you need to consider first. You need to familiarize yourself with the script so that you will recognize where to pause and stop. A voice recording may sometimes require emotions to be included in the recording. Reading a script for the first time will prevent you from voice acting well.
  4. Record the voice over using a professional microphone. A professional microphone is a good investment. There are microphones available online that can reject ambient noises. Also look for a microphone that provides increased low frequency sensitivity so that your recording can have great impact and definition. Make sure that the microphone that you will use also focus on clarity and detail.
  5. Edit the audio. Every professional voice over recorder edits and you should too. Make sure that you polish your voice over recording into professional quality. You could always install an audio editor software in your computer. There are many audio editing software available in the market today. Most of them are very affordable and there are some that are free! These audio editing software are very easy to use. Try to get other people’s opinion about your recording. You may be surprised at what you can learn when you listen to other people. You can also step back for a while after recording. Take your time to refresh your mind so that you can edit better.