Whether you’re recording an audiobook or doing a voiceover for a commercial, audio recording is one of those things that appear very simple until you’re in the studio, you realize that it’s anything but that.
Not only is it hard to get your pitch and pace just right, but you also have to deal with the pressure that comes from time constraints. This is because you’re paying for every second that you spend there for most recording studios, so there’s little room for error.
So, if you’ve got a recording session coming up, here are a few tips that can help you make it a success.
Be Punctual and Well Prepared
It goes without saying that when you’re recording at a professional studio where you’re paying by the hour—you need to be on time and well-prepared.
It’s also crucial to keep in mind that a recording studio isn’t a place to practice or experiment; it’s a place to record, so it’s best to get right to it. And the only way to do that is to have a solid plan of action beforehand.
Take Care of Your Vocal Cords
Your voice is your biggest tool in a recording studio, so it needs to be on point. Even if you naturally have a great voice, it’s important to take care of it, especially before a recording session.
For instance, you should get enough sleep the night before. Quality sleep can enhance your voice quality as well. Moreover, you need to stay hydrated and keep your vocal folds hydrated.
It might also be a good idea to avoid certain foods and beverages that can hinder your voice quality. And also, don’t forget to warm up!
Make Sure That You and The Engineer or On the Same Page
Having an experienced engineer is important, but what’s also important is forming a rapport with them. Talk to the producer and engineer well before the recording session to ensure everyone’s on the same page in terms of the expectations and goals.
Make sure you tell them what you need so that they can give you their feedback and also prep in advance for the session.
Also, keep them in the loop continuously and make the most of the feedback you receive. It’ll help you record better.
Keep It Slow and Steady
While, of course, in most cases, you do want to get the most bang for your buck when you’re paying by the hour, and that may want you to speed things up. But for better results, we highly recommend taking things slow but steady.
If you rush the recording session, you might do more takes than necessary which will, of course, cost you more in the longer run.
Choose the Right Studio
Needless to say, a perfect recording studio is a necessity for a perfect recording session. From the equipment to the engineers, there are quite a few factors to consider when picking a studio.
Luckily, we’ve got everything you need at Elite Music Studios. We’re an ADR recording and dubbing studio in Miami, offering postproduction services.
Give us a call to learn about our complete audio production services in Miami.
Less than 20 years ago, voice acting was almost exclusively the realm of voice actors—people specifically trained to provide voices for animated characters. The rise of the celebrity voice actor can be traced to a single film: Disney’s 1992 breakout animated hit Aladdin, where Robin Williams voiced the film’s hyperactive Genie.
The celebrification of voicework can be traced through the films Disney released in the years after Aladdin, from The Lion King (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones) to Home on the Range (Roseanne Barr, Dame Judi Dench). But the trend has been most prevalent in the computer-animated films that have dominated family-friendly cinema since Pixar released Toy Story in 1995.
The marketability of a big-name celebrity voice actor gave way, perhaps inevitably, to an even more insidious trend: directly basing a character’s appearance on the famous actor providing its voice. With the marketing machine growing larger by the day unfortunately, conventional voice actors rarely get the chance to helm a contemporary animated film. Banderas’s voice is perfect for Puss—the character was tailored to it, after all—but in the end, Banderas has one voice, and when the best voice actors have “a thousand voices,” it’s hard not to feel like they’re being wasted.
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