Chris Edgerly is back once more with the fifth video in the #VONotes series and today he’s covering the topic of voice over recording environment! The #VONotes series is a video series targeted to answer your questions about the voice acting industry and it contains plenty of great tips and references for any aspiring voice actor! If you missed the first few videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
#VONOTES Video 5: Voice Over Recording Environment: Creating the Optimal Recording Environment #VONotes
Hey, what’s up, everybody? It’s Chris Edgerly with another #VONote and today I’m gonna talk about recording environment. Now, you could have the best microphone setup in the world and give the best audition you’ve ever recorded, but if your acoustic environment is not good, then your audition is not gonna sound good.
I’m gonna go over three different options and they’re good for whatever budget you happen to have.
Option number one is a recording booth. If you have the space and the resources, I highly recommend it. It is what I currently use. I got mine made by Scotts VO Booths, that’s Scott’s VO Booths dot com. They do excellent work, I don’t get anything for mentioning them, I just like to mention people that do great work! This is not a cheap option. A booth is gonna run you anywhere from three to five thousand dollars for one of the smaller ones. For one of the larger ones, the sky is the limit.
So, that’s not going to be an option for everybody which leads us to option two.
A walk-in closet or even just a dedicated closet just for voice over can actually be an excellent acoustic environment. I was in an apartment once where my walk-in closet had a nice thick layer of carpet and I had my clothes hanging on either side. The acoustics were fantastic!
Option number three is something anyone can afford, it is a fabric box with sound foam inside it. That’s right, you can go to Ikea and find a $6 fabric box, turn it on its side, you put sound foam inside it, cut a hole in the back so you can run the microphone cord in, put the microphone inside and you’ve got a wonderful, portable booth! You can also get these ready made on Amazon. They’ll cost you around $40 plus shipping and they’ve already done the work for you. I also used this setup when I had an apartment. I would put it right on top of my desk and this worked great! I thought the sound was excellent.
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