To live, voice over talents used to physically go to gigs recorded in commercial production facilities. Now gigs can come to them-in home studios and over the Internet. But for many voices of talents, beginners and old professionals, a home studio is technically confusing. So, how do you do the extra bedroom or the corner of your studio flat (no proverb) to a functional voice system, with decent acoustics and appropriate equipment? Lets take a look at the basics involved in setting up a home voiceover studio.
Selects your study space
A studio of any size or recording purpose begins with the space it will be located. Isolation from external sound is important. If you live in a studio or bedroom, then try to find your studio in a corner so far from the door to the corridor and away from the windows. In addition, a wardrobe can work well as a recording boat. Set your recording equipment just outside the wardrobe and your microphone inside the wardrobe.
If you live in a two-plus-bedroom or a single-family house and can spend a whole room at your studio, then you have more options to control acoustics in space. You want to make sure the room does not sound echoey or hollow. Processing these issues can be as easy as adding some overloaded furniture in the room, along with a rug and some curtains over the windows. Do you have many old clothes sitting on a wind or basement? You can use them to create a recording stand around your microphone. Fill three or four rolling racks with clothes and then place them on the sides and back of your microphone position.
Of course, you can use professional acoustic materials to control sound reflections. You will find an excellent primer for acoustic treatment-in plain English-at Auralex. Also check out these acoustic treatment production companies: HSF Acoustics; Quiet source; Vocal Booth; Whisper Room.
Selects your equipment
Once you have chosen your study space, you must properly equip it to deliver quality presentations to customers. With the latest digital recording technology and affordable pro microphones, you can spend as little as $ 1000 for a very basic yet useful home voice studio. It assumes you have a decent computer sound card and speaker. The list is quite short: $ 200- $ 250 for a microphone. $ 40 for a microphone pop filter to prevent popping your Ps, Bs and Ts. $ 45 for a microphone. $ 200- $ 250 for a USB or Firewire digital recording interface. $ 65 for shareware recording. $ 45 for headphones. $ 40 for cables. $ 100 for miscellaneous. Just bones, but it will work.
Connect your microphone cable to the digital recording interface, which is a small box that amplifies and processes the signal from the microphone. Connect the interface to the computers sound card. Connect the headphones to the interface. Download the recording / editing software. A couple of adjustments of the volume in and out and youre ready to record. Voice copy. Clean it with an editing or two. Then convert the audio transfer file to an .mp3 file, attach it to an e-mail, and send it to the client over the Internet. To learn more about the above equipment, look for online or visit online pro audio retailers. Some good are: Full compass; Sweet water; B & H Pro Audio; Boynton Pro Audio; BSW.
This simple studio layout is useful, but it has its limits. If a client wants to target you by phone, you must either hold the phone in your ear while recording or getting a hands-free headset. You can also buy a gizmo call a phone hybrid that lets you talk via your microphone down the phone line to your client as you listen to the customers direction through your headphones.
To learn more
As with all investments, you need to investigate what equipment you need for your studio and how to install and use it. See if you can find a talent in your area that can let you visit his or her studio. Visit Mix Magzine or EQ Magazine and check their archives for articles about home theater. Local production houses may be willing to submit proposals, but keep in mind that by creating their own studio, you indicate to customers that they can cut out the production house by working directly with you. It may not be good for some homeowners in production, as the home declaration has damaged many commercial recording facilities.
Its a basic home voiceover studio in a nutshell. If you can use a stereo home cinema and have experience in front of a computer screen, you can put together and run a home phone studio. With some practice recording and editing, and some marketing of your home theater, you can quickly recover the cost of your studio and add to begin adding your bottom line.