How to Record a Voiceover

Whether you are filming a feature length film, a commercial, or an audio book, creating a high quality voiceover is important to delivering the best possible product. Having bad audio quality can distract viewers and listeners from the content, and have them focusing on the poor audio rather than focusing on the story; when you are trying to sell a product, or engage a viewer, that is the last thing you want to do.

There are many different ways to record a voiceover, however the best way to record the highest quality audio would be to do it in a sound proof booth. Having a sound proof audio booth for recording voiceover allows you to record the audio in a completely quiet space. Depending on the budget you have, you can buy a professional quality sound booth, or you can build your own. Professional sound booths can range from $3,000 to $25,000 and up. There are numerous websites that show you how to build your own sound proof booth.

Once you have a sound proof area to record your voiceover, the next important step is to find the best quality microphone you can. The good thing about having a sound proof booth is that it will make a huge difference in audio quality even if you are recording on a basic microphone. There are also professional and semi-professional microphones you can buy from online websites ranging from $100 upwards of $10,000.

When you have a good sound proof booth and a microphone, the next step is to find a voiceover artist. There are many talented voiceover artists in the world to offer you any type of voiceover. It is important to think about who will be hearing this voiceover, and the message you want to get across when you are hiring a voiceover artist. If you have an action movie trailer you may want a deep males voice, but if you are recording a children’s audio book you may want a softer, friendlier voice.

The next step to recording a voiceover is to plug your microphone into something to record to. You can record to an actual recorder, or you can record directly to a computer. Make sure you save the files and back them up on an external hard drive.

The last step to recording a professional voiceover is to edit the audio in an editing program. There are multiple different programs you can use, which range for various levels of expertise. There are multiple websites that review the different programs so it is important to find the one that is best for you.

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