With a great voice-over, any audio-video content can easily turn into a sensation. For one, no one likes to read onscreen text! On top of that, using voice-over in any production enables the team to raise their total efficiency, including cost efficiency.
As an aspiring voice-over artist, you have so much to learn about perfecting the craft, one of which is the importance of recording yourself. Indeed, this is an essential part of being a voice-over artist. When you can listen to your own voice, you can critique yourself, and slowly but surely, you will improve.
As you go along, you will likely consider having a recording studio of your own, right in your own home. If you dont think you have the technical abilities to do that, theres no harm in asking for help. As a beginner though, you can rely on your ever handy laptop or desktop, together with certain software that allows you to record your voice and then listen to it after.
After your practice voice-over has been recorded, you can then edit it until you achieve a clean copy with good sound quality. You need not be an expert to do this. Your main task is to improve your voice-over skills. You can take care of the technical aspect later.
Of course, to be able to record your voice, you need a microphone. Newbies usually start out with a condenser microphone, a common fixture in recording studios everywhere, which is preferred for two reasons: it has remarkable transient response (the mics ability to reproduce the speed of your voice) and its frequency range is particularly large.
Their output is also typically bigger, although they can be extremely sensitive to loud sounds.
As soon as youre ready, look for a quiet and comfortable area in your home, do a test recording and see if your sound levels are right. Remember to keep the recording meter from reaching the red as this will introduce noise and possibly distortion even. To keep your speakers sound from getting picked up by your mic, use headphones plugged directly into your computer.
After checking everything, start recording but leave your mic in its original position.
As soon as youre done, save your file and listen to it. The good news is you will find lots of software that come in handy for this purpose.
With businesses needing more and more audio-visual content, voice-over talents keep soaring in demand. Recently, voice-over finished number 4 on a top 20 list of fast-growing skills compiled by various online job search websites.