08 Feb Voice Over Artist Microphone Techniques
As a professional voice over artist, it is important to have good microphone technique. This will ensure that your recordings sound clear and smooth. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to achieve good microphone technique. We’ll start with some basic warm-up exercises, and then move on to breathing and posture. Finally, we’ll give you a few pointers on how to make the most of your recording environment. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to producing great sounding voice overs!
Voice Over Warm Up Exercises
Before you start recording, it’s a good idea to do some warm-up exercises. This will help to loosen up your vocal cords and get them ready for work. There are many different warm-up exercises that you can try, but here are a few of our favourites:
• Humming – hum a simple tune to get your vocal cords warmed up
• Tongue Twisters – say tongue twisters to help improve your articulation
• Scale Singing – sing a simple scale to loosen up your voice
• Lip rolls – gently roll your lips together to help warm up your mouth and throat
• Breathing exercises – take a few deep breaths to help get your lungs working
• Tongue stretches – stretch out your tongue to help loosen up your vocal cords
One of the biggest factors affecting your microphone technique is your posture. If you’re not sitting or standing correctly, it will be difficult to produce a good vocal recording. Here are a few tips on how to maintain good posture while recording:
• Sit or stand up straight – this will help to keep your spine aligned and make it easier to breathe.
• Keep your shoulders relaxed – tension in the shoulders can cause your voice to sound strained or tense.
• Avoid crossing your arms or legs – this will restrict blood flow and make it difficult to breathe properly.
Position to Microphone
When positioning yourself to the microphone, it’s important to remember that less is more. Here are a few tips on how to position yourself correctly:
• Place the microphone at chin level and mouth pointed straight at the microphone.
Again, make sure that you are positioned directly in front of the mic, if not you may lose some natural tones and your audio may also favour either the left or right channel.
For a typical corporate read at average volume your mouth should me no closer than 10-15 cm from the microphone. However, if you are recording a more dynamic or louder read like voice over acting for an audiobook or radio advert then move back further say 30-50 cm. If screaming at full volume you can move up to a metre away!
Your audio engineer may also need to make adjustments to the gain for louder volumes.
- Once you have found the right position for your voice, try to maintain that same position for each recording. Try not to move your head around too much. This will help to create a more consistent sound across all of your recordings.
One of the most important aspects of good microphone technique is proper breathing. When you breathe properly, it helps to create a natural flow of air through your vocal cords. This results in smoother and more consistent recordings. Here are a few tips on how to breath correctly when recording:
• Always keep your stomach muscles relaxed – this will help you to take deep breaths and maintain a consistent airflow.
• When taking a breath, try to inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. This will help to warm up the air passing over your vocal cords.
• Make sure that you are not holding your breath while recording – this can cause tension in your vocal cords and make it difficult to produce a consistent voice.
The final factor affecting your microphone technique is the recording environment. If you’re not in a good acoustic environment, it will be difficult to produce a good quality recording. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your recording space:
• Make sure that the room is quiet and free from noise distractions – this will help you to focus on your voice and avoid any unwanted sounds creeping into your recordings.
• Try to find a room with good acoustics – this will help to create a natural sounding recording.
Microphone technique is an important aspect of voice over work. By following these tips, you can improve your recordings and produce great sounding voice overs. Happy recording!
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