Think You Want To Be A Voice Artist?

Ask any Voice Talent: One of the most common questions you hear is

 

"Oh, you do Voice Overs? How do I get started with that?"

 

Contrary to popular belief, you need more than just a good voice to try and make a living in this business. But it can be done!

 

I first stepped in a V/O studio more than 30 years ago, and I was hooked. Since then I've performed on countless numbers of animated cartoons, audio-books, commercials, corporate/industrial videos, live theater, radio, television and even the occasional movie. I've worked and studied with a wide variety of artists and professionals over those years, but there's always more to learn.

 

Below, you'll find a series of links and articles I've found to help the aspiring V/O Artist. I'll add to this list as I find quality content.

What I Use in My Studio (Your Mileage May Vary):

 

An Acoustic Systems V/O booth - A bit cozier than I might like, but you can't beat a dedicated booth!

 

My latest toy is a Neumann TLM 103 Condensor Microphone. Pricy, but oh so tasty!

 

Audio Technica 4040 Studio Microphone - Two of these in the kit (the first one still going strong nearly 20 years later!)

 

Auphonix 6-Inch Microphone Pop Filter  for the microphone.

 

Scarlett 2x2 Audio Interface - Again, I've got two of these, one in the home studio, one in the field kit

 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones  - Multiple sets all over my Home & Studio / Koss Portapro Headphones - (Field)

 

Adobe Audition: Creative Cloud, latest version - for Recording, Editing, Mastering and MP3 creation

 

RX7 Advanced - Without a doubt, the best noise reduction, audio repair software I've EVER found!

 

And a home built PC (creatively nicknamed the 'Monster Box') for home studio recording, and a 15" MacBook Pro for use in the field.

 

Plus, and I can't recommend this enough: DROPBOX!!! Record in one location, edit/mix in another, and no moving files around!

 

Handy Articles /Videos:

 

Narrators Roadmap: A really good place to start your search.

 

Some basic suggestions on setting up your recording space: from Audio Technica. The guys read is pretty cheesy, but he's got some good basic information.

 

More advice on creating a quick and dirty recording space:  I've worked with this gentleman's sister for years, and she's terrific!

 

One Narrators Setup and End to End Process: A pretty good explanation of how one guy does it!

 

How I chose a Narrator for my Audiobook: One authors rationale about how he made his choice!

 

Let’s talk about Royalty Share and Marketing:

 

NPR's handy guide to Training Your Ear

Some Free Recording Software and Recording Information Sites:

 

Audacity - Free download and free tutorials

 

Studio One 3 Prime - a free multi-track music recording software package.

 

LMMS Multimedia Studio is a free, modern audio program

 

The GarageDoor is about home recording for users of both Mac and PC software. It is full of tips about live recording, effects, loops, finding free loops, etc: www.thegaragedoor.com

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