Voiceover Performance: Taste The Words

Voiceover Performance: Taste The Words

In voiceover performance, taste the words. How does the word hot sound to you? Is it HOT! Or, is it just…meh, hot? You’ve got a script and you gloss over the copy to put punctuation in, create natural breaks, set the tone and energy of each phrase, but have you taken the time to focus on the words that need a natural response to their meaning? The magic happens when you equally weight the message with the proper values of the words. That is called tasting. One of the big voiceover performance challenges we work with is inserting emotion into a read. The ability to make words sound like they feel. Of course, you can overdo it and make a read phony and not authentic. Before your next audition, find a few scripts and look for those words that have a taste as well as a sound. Too many voice actors forget to do that and as a result, the intent of the message is completely lost. Learn how to “taste” words in your voiceover performance. A master at tasting words, is Morgan Freeman. He could read the phone book and you would hang on every word! If you want to step up your voiceover game, check out Radio Lounge’s voiceover coaching and voice over demo services. GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Voiceover Performance: Taste The Words #voiceover #vo #performance
Studio Etiquette - Don't Touch The Mic!

Studio Etiquette - Don't Touch The Mic!

You most likely will not do everything from your home studio. You will be called to work with a professional recording crew at a professional recording studio. So, are there some rules? You bet. Pro studios do not like talent touching anything in the booth or the control room. Reaching out a grabbing a mic that costs thousands of dollars makes pro studio people cringe. It is kind of like grabbing your favorite rock star’s guitar and playing your version of Stairway to Heaven…not cool. A pro studio will adjust the mic for you, provide headphones, and adjust volumes. Keep your hands to yourself and IF something needs adjusting, just ask. Before you go into the booth, ASK if it is okay to bring your bottle of water, or whatever your drinking. Do that and you will set the stage for a great session and a good relationship. Most studios are fine with water in the booth, and many studios will provide water. Just double-check if unsure. Learn more about Radio Lounge’s voiceover coaching, voiceover demo production, and podcasting services. GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Studio Etiquette – Don’t Touch The Mic! #vo #voiceover #podcasting
The Lower The Rate, The Higher The Hassle

The Lower The Rate, The Higher The Hassle

Yes, I said it. The lower the rate, the higher the hassle when it comes to voiceover clients. This statement comes from years of painful experience. In my voice over journey, here are a few things I have learned about dealing with cheap clients. You don’t have their respect. There is something about pricing yourself as a commodity that turns you into…well…a commodity. When you don’t respect yourself enough to price your voiceover services accordingly, clients may not respect you either. They are not grateful for the bargain. One would think that any client that is getting such a great deal for a quality voice actor would be grateful for that actor. Think again. This really ties into the respect discussed earlier. Many voice talents have experienced clients that take advantage of bargain-basement rates, pushing the boundaries further and further. You will never get the promised volume of future work. Santa Claus. The Tooth Fairy. The Easter Bunny. The large volume of future work because of your low rate. Point made! It rarely happens. Don’t fall for it. NEVER, EVER work for free for ‘exposure’ See point above. Exposure doesn’t pay the bills. Again, don’t fall for it. The main takeaway here is to know your value, and stick to your guns when it comes to a fair rate. These types of clients are never worth it in the long run, even when just getting started in voiceover. Sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and others are notorious for clients looking for cheap talent, but many independent producers are just as bad. Skip the gutter, and put your efforts into finding quality clients For help growing your voiceover career, including voiceover coaching, business consulting, and voice over demos, contact us at Radio Lounge. We are here to help! GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER…
Voiceover Booth Soundproofing

Voiceover Booth Soundproofing

Myth DEBUNKED! Today we want to debunk a popular voiceover booth soundproofing myth. You know the challenges. Just looking at the lawnmower picture takes you back to that session. In the room…ready to record…or maybe even in the middle of recording….RRRRRRR..BUZZZZZZZZ….SOMEONE IS CUTTING THE LAWN OUTSIDE!!! Maybe it’s the plane flying over. The loud car driving by. What is the first thing that voice actors end up putting on the walls? Sound foam. Let’s clear a few things up. Without getting too technical, there is a difference between sound TREATMENT and sound PROOFING. Treatment is the act of minimizing or controlling reflections. Essentially getting rid of reverberant sounds and odd echoes. It makes your recording area sound tighter. But it won’t block out that lawnmower. For that purpose – soundPROOFING – you need mass. Mass is the only way to reduce those outside sounds from bleeding onto your recording. That is why prebuilt or custom-built voiceover booths from companies like VocalBooth.com and WhisperRoom are so popular (and their not cheap!!). Thick walls of sheetrock, MDF, or other heavy material is what you need to block out plains, trains, and automobiles. So before you go out and spend several hundred dollars covering your room in foam, ask yourself what the goal is. Reduce room echo? The foam will be OK. Block out the lawnmower? Mass will be your friend. To learn more about the voiceover business, studio setup, voice over coaching or vo demo production, contact us here at Radio Lounge. We can help you grow your voiceover business GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Voiceover Booth Soundproofing Myth – Debunked #vo #voiceover #soundproofing #studio
Landing More Voiceover Work

Landing More Voiceover Work

Landing more voiceover work. This is probably the number one most asked question here at Radio Lounge. Voice actors everywhere are always looking for more effective ways of landing more voiceover work. This is with good reason. We have a philosophy here at Radio Lounge. The work behind the mic is the EASY PART! We once heard that voice over is 5% voicing projects and 95% of the time landing those projects. That’s closer to the truth than you might think. Hustle is the name of the game! While the past popularity of certain pay-to-play sites (P2P) allowed voice actors to simply check their inbox, and submit auditions all day, those days are gone. P2P’s aren’t a fair game anymore. Even well-qualified voice actors have come up dry using these sites. So what is the best way to land more voiceover work, now? You gotta do the hustle! It’s all about creating relationships Creating relationships means reaching out. Yes… good ol’ networking. Meeting people in person at networking events. Reaching out via the phone to prospects. Sending emails introducing yourself. The work doesn’t just come to you. You have to go out and grab it. Laning more voiceover work means…Hustle! But I hate cold calling, cold emailing, etc. This is an area that you will have to conquer your fears. Voiceover is a very competitive industry. Only a certain percentage of voice actors will take the initiative and perform cold outreach. Like anything else, it just takes practice and a mindset change. Instead of worrying about getting a ‘NO’, think about how there are YES’s are buried within those ‘NO’s. Now go out and grab as many NO’s as you can today. Make it a goal. Tell yourself, “I will get twenty people to tell me NO today”, then GO…

Voice Talent Showcase: Joshua Rush

A Blast From The Past Joshua Rush – photo courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Rush Joshua Rush 2007 Voiceover Demo (Age 6) The year was 2007, and we had been working with a video production company here in Houston on a variety of projects with our good friend and video producer.  The producer’s son, Josh would sometimes participate in the sessions.  As I recall, Josh was probably six years old.  He had a curiosity about how things worked, and he would sit on my lap as we mixed audio.  But Josh had another talent we discovered.  He was an incredible voice actor.  We soon wrote, directed, and produced his very first voice demo.  What a great start.  Josh’s parents headed to California with Josh in tow and a few amazing things happened.  He started landing gig after gig.  So, fast forward to 2020, and Josh (now Joshua) has become a huge success in the industry.  From young Syler in Heroes, young Chuck in the television series Chuck, Turner in the movie Parental Guidance, CSI/NY, Private Practice, the lead role in the Disney series Andy Mack, and so much more (including a lot of voice work,) Joshua showed us all that if you discover who you are, and you work hard at perfecting your craft, life can be pretty cool.  We miss you here in Houston, Josh.  Sending best wishes for continued success.   GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name
4 Tips to Becoming A Better Podcast Interviewer

4 Tips to Becoming A Better Podcast Interviewer

Want to be a better podcast interviewer? Here are a quick 4 tips to become a better podcast interviewer. Be well prepared. Know your questions. Learn what you can about the guest.  What is the reason you are interviewing your guest? What is the focus?  Get right to the meat of the interview.  A little conversational banter is good, but don’t ramble.Have good questions. There is nothing more frustrating than to hear irrelevant questions being asked. Stay on topic.This is just a conversation.  Don’t throw in and cliché phrases to get in and out of segments. “We’ll be right back after these messages…”Shut up and LISTEN.  It’s your podcast but people are listening because they love who you bring to their world.  Listen and you’ll find that the conversation will take you places you didn’t even plan on going.  Grow as a podcast host. Part of your podcast structure is staying connected during the interview. Balance listening with opportunities to get deeper into the conversation.  Sure, we would all like to be the next Joe Rogan, but it takes time to build those interviewing chops. Implement these four tips and you will instantly improve your podcast interviewing skills. Want to learn more? Check out the full range of Radio Lounge’s podcasting services. Get Quick Podcasting Tips Delivered Directly To Your Email! * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name 4 Tips To Become a Better Podcast Interviewer #podcasting #podcast #interviewing

Voiceover Rates: Know Your Value

Embed from Getty Images There has been a lot of discussion lately about voiceover rates: know your value! Think about this for a moment. If you charged bargain-basement rates, what would impression would that give a potential (or current client)? Sites like Fiverr and Upwork are filled with bottom-feeding talent. Either the client will believe you are not a working professional or will be inclined to take advantage of you. Know Your Value Just remember that what you do HAS VALUE. It doesn’t matter how many minutes it took you to record that particular audio. It doesn’t matter that the script is only a few words. Ask yourself what VALUE this piece of audio – the use of your voice – has to that client. What will the client be using it for, and what will THEIR return be? THAT is where the value of voiceover lies – usage! Radio Lounge can help guide you with expert voiceover coaching, vo business consulting and powerful demo production. GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name #voiceover #vo #vorates #voiceoverrates #value Voiceover Rates: Know Your Value
Multilingual Voiceover: Take Advantage Of More Opportunities

Multilingual Voiceover: Take Advantage Of More Opportunities

Do you speak more than one language. Take advantage of more opportunities with multilingual voiceover offerings. “el doble de idiomas, el doble de oportunidades” In our multi-cultural world, being able to understand and speak more than one language is leverage.  In the world of voiceover, it’s money. We work with several bi-lingual voice actors, especially here in Houston, the multi-cultural capital of the United States.  So, when we get a request for voice talent, it is so much better when we can use just one talent for both versions of the script. There are some potential issues that might come up in the selection process.  Most noticeably, a Spanish voice actor might have a hint of their native language when doing an English version of a spot.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  It’s just a matter of client preference.  One of the best at this is our good friend Nicky Mondellini.  First, Nicky is an actor, second, she is a voice actor.  That means we always get maximum impact on her reads, not to mention that she is very directable. Nicky is also fluent in several languages. She also has voiceover demos in more than one language. Recently, we produced a Spanglish version of her political and commercial demos here at Radio Lounge (check them out on her demo page).  So, how about you, have you investigated expanding your reach by taking advantage of an alternate voice opportunity?  Certainly, something to consider. Are you missing out on work because you have voice over demos in only one language? Radio Lounge can help! GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Multilingual Voiceover: Take Advantage Of More Opportunities #voiceover #vo #voiceovertips #votips…
Quick Voiceover Tip: Fishing For VO Gigs

Quick Voiceover Tip: Fishing For VO Gigs

Quick Voiceover Tip: Fishing For VO Gigs. We all want more voiceover work. The key is to diversify. So let’s look at fishing. Yes…fishing. Yeah, this is about your VO business, but let’s look at this from a fishing perspective.  You go fishing, but you only have one line in the water.  You have now determined that until a fish hits that one line, you have nothing.  The same thing is true for your VO business.  One sure truth is that opportunities will come and go.  There is no guarantee that the current gig will last forever.  Reality is that it won’t.  So, the more lines in the water mean you have options to maintain and grow your client base and the residual benefits. Ever been to a fishing pier and seen people with more than one line cast out in the water? You have now increased your odds of catching something. Think of it this way.  If you have developed momentum in different categories and have established relationships with a big base of agencies and direct clients, it won’t matter that some aspects of your business list will ebb and flow.  Relying on just one or two handsome gigs means one or all might go away and with that goes your VO business.  More lines in the water means you must work every day to grow those relationships.  It’s not the easiest thing to do, especially when you’ve got several things going.  Don’t let the work get in the way of nurturing your future.  It’s not about what’s happening today.  It’s about what will happen tomorrow. Radio Lounge offers multiple service to help you in your voiceover business. From marketing and voiceover business coaching, to voice over performance coaching and high impact VO demo production, give us a call and…
Quick Voiceover Tip: Your Voiceover BUSINESS

Quick Voiceover Tip: Your Voiceover BUSINESS

Quick Voiceover Tip: Your Voiceover BUSINESS. Yes, it truly is a business. Not a hobby. But a bonafide BUSINESS! Success in any endeavor is accomplished when you formulate a plan and work the heck out of that plan.  It’s the same for the VO business.  You’ll get busy as you grow your voiceover business, but would it surprise you that most successful voice actors spend only 5% of their time in the studio?  The other 95% is spent growing your VO brand. Michael Gerber has a great book called E-Myth-Revisited, and you can apply Michael’s philosophy to your VO business.  Well worth the read and it might help you big time. This helps you get your head around the elements of your business, and help figure out ways to move from working IN your business, to working ON your business. It is a classic read. You’ve entered the VO biz armed with a demo, but has anybody given you some guidelines to go beyond hanging out your shingle? Don’t be afraid to make those phone calls.  Introduce yourself to every agency you can, in person.  Arm yourself with a great website.  Meet new people every day.  Relationships might take time to blossom, but you will never succeed if you spend time in the booth.  If you are not the entrepreneurial type, consider finding someone who can be that business building connection, like an agent, or multiple agents.  This is your VO business, and it will fail if you don’t follow this simple rule of engagement. And don’t forget the importance of continued voiceover coaching and offering up a great voiceover demo. Radio Lounge can help there, too! GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address *…
Quick Voiceover Tip: It's Not About Your Voice

Quick Voiceover Tip: It's Not About Your Voice

Quick Voiceover Tip: It’s Not About Your Voice. I know that seems counterintuitive. We are talking about voice over. Where the only thing being presented is…well, your voice. No good looks. No fancy camera tricks. Just your voice and a microphone. Remember the old-school announcers. “We’ll be back after these commercial messages”. We haven’t heard that line in a couple of decades.  Back then it was about the voice. The pipes. How DEEP was your voice? If you come from broadcast, radio or TV, you may be one of these golden-throated deep voiced ANNOUNCERS.  Depending on how you use that voice, that may not be a good thing.  So many folks come to the VO industry after being a radio personality, or a television host.  Both of those industries do not teach real communication.  They teach robotic, phony, hype.  And after you’ve been immersed in either of those places for a time, you’ve got a huge problem.  Because the real voice actors out there will dance circles around you.  The agencies looking for “real” , “conversational”, “authentic”, “natural” and especially “NON-ANNOUNCERY” will quickly pass over you in search of the actors who know how to do it.  Did you ever wonder why most national ads use real actors?  Casting directors and producers can peg a radio background within the first ten words you speak. It’s not about the voice. It’s never about the voice.  It’s about what you can do with your voice.  How good of an actor are you?  Voice coaching can pull you away from the announcery delivery, that is, if you are willing to change.  In addition to general voiceover coaching, it really comes down to acting training, and removing the throat mechanics that broadcast talent impose on themselves. (One of our specialties – as former broadcasters who…
5 Ways To Grow As A Podcast Host

5 Ways To Grow As A Podcast Host

We all want to be better hosts. Here are 5 ways to grow as a podcast host. 1. Be yourself.  Don’t create a character or put your mind and presentation in an uncomfortable place.  You are not Marc Maron. You are you!  You are a curious person, #beyourself and grow your PodBrand, and grow as a #podcasthost. 2. Adding to tip number one. Your favorite #podcaster is NOT who you need to be.  Find your own style and capitalize on it.  We are all unique individuals, even twins have unique characteristics.  Choose a style of delivery that fits you, and not a style of a podcaster you like. Like we mention in tip one, you are and always will be YOU.  3. Quit being so concerned about your technique.  That takes away from your engagement and connectivity.  Your delivery might need some fine tuning but focusing too much on style takes away from your ability to engage.  4. Breathe, and remember you’re not on a stage in front of thousands.  You are having a simple conversation with just one person.  You might have 50,000 followers but you are only speaking to one person at a time. 5. Radio personalities have a bad habit of forgetting the art of singular #conversation.  You might be reaching a large group of PodFans but you are never speaking to more than one of them.  Grow your #podcast right now. Radio Lounge has a number of services designed to help you launch a podcast and maximize your current podcast. Find out more at RadioLoungeUSA.com/podcasting Get Quick Podcasting Tips Delivered Directly To Your Email! * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name 5 Ways To Grow As A Podcast Host #podcasthost
Quick Voiceover Tip: Union Vs. Non-Union

Quick Voiceover Tip: Union Vs. Non-Union

Quick Voiceover Tip: Union Vs. Non-Union. This is one of the most common questions we get asked in voice over coaching. This is the fork in the road, and you get to decide which direction you take.  Both roads will take you on a great journey.  Both roads will have a few bumps along the way.  Both roads offer opportunity.  So, what’s the big deal either way?  Let’s look at the ups and downs of both. Non-Union Voiceover Work Non-union means no membership dues and fees, and that equates to less money.  Especially today when voice actors have to compete against pay to play sites and sites like Fiverr, the ultimate slap in the face for voice actors.  Remember, you are the CEO of your VO business, and that means you get to deal with the clients that negotiated a bad deal and somehow forgot to send you the check.  Good luck with that.  Going non-union is the way most VO folks start out.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  It’s just a starting point. It just means you are the ultimate judge of your value and what you will accept regarding rates. Oh…and there is a lot more non-union work out there, than union work (if you live outside of NYC and Los Angeles…which brings us to our next choice). Union Voiceover Work Going union has many benefits including more cash in your pocket.  You have a group of peers behind you that will be there for you, every time.  Rates are set. No lowballing voice actors. Did you know that more than 90% of union voice actors are entitled to medical and retirement benefits?  This is sounding pretty good, but it’s a decision not to be made in haste, because once you join a union, accepting non-union side projects…
Quick Voiceover Tip: Finding A Niche

Quick Voiceover Tip: Finding A Niche

Quick Voiceover Tip: Finding a Niche. Where do I fit.  Better yet, what niche best fits me?  You may ask yourself this question as you progress in your voice over career. Should I focus on audiobooks? eLearning? Promo work? There are a few questions to ask yourself. What kind of work have you been booking regularly?What kind of work is profitable to you?What kind of work do you truly enjoy?What kind of work do you NOT enjoy?What is the status of your market location? These questions above are pretty self explanatory. The last one is the interesting one. Where do you live? This does make a difference in some areas of voiceover. If you want top work in promo -well, NYC and LA are where you need to be. Animation? Again, certain cities are hot beds for that kind of work (and many cities have none). Another part of finding a niche, is knowing what you are good at. Also, you go to the store to shop for clothes and you rely on looking in the mirror to see how you look.  Deal with the fact that not every style or niche is going to look good on you.  During the voice coaching process, we call it the discovery process, you will find the absolute best place to sell your talents.  Demos are made and then out the door you go in search of building your client list.  Not everyone is a movie trailer person, or an audio book person.  Finding your voice niche is the most important aspect of becoming a voice actor. Most everyone fits into the “commercial” niche and that’s a starting point for many folks.  Get a great commercial demo out there and see what other options might be a possibility.  Sooner or later you will…

Voice Talent Spotlight: John Boudreaux

John Boudreaux – Commercial Voiceover Demo Voice Talent Showcase: John Boudreuax. John came to the Radio Lounge voice coaching program with a BIG RADIO VOICE. Here at the Lounge, we specialize in helping current and former radio talent, lose the “radio read” and help find their natural, authentic voice that connects so well in voice acting. A few sessions in – a path of discovery for John’s potential – we found that his hot spot was a comfortable, laid back delivery, much like the incredible Tom Bodett, the Motel 6 voiceover guy, from one of the most iconic radio marketing campaigns ever.  So off we went, fine tuning John’s delivery.  John was a great student because he heard the potential as well.  We got a great demo, John had a ton of fun along the way and the voiceover industry gained a new, well-qualified talent.  John’s story is not unique to the Radio Lounge program.  It happens with every voiceover student we work with.  And it’s just as much fun for us.  John is now represented by PB Talent here in Houston and we cannot wait to see what happens next.  Well done, John! As voice actors, we all have a voice niche.  If you’re wondering what yours might be, let’s talk about it. Check out all of the voice over coaching and voiceover demo services at Radio Lounge. GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name #voiceover #vo #voiceoverdemos #vodemos

Quick Voiceover Tip: What is Knee

“Compression Week” wraps up at the Radio Lounge Quick Voiceover Tip: What is Knee? So, we’re almost there and we finish with the term “knee”.  Knee is really about the transient way the audio gain is reduced. Where attack refers to how fast the audio is compressed (gain reduction), knee is more about how the gain is reduced. A hard knee brings the audio level down instantly, where a soft knee has a more gentle transition from uncompressed to compressed. And it all happens rather quickly. What about knee settings for voiceover? It’s pretty much, soft, for vocals.  You would use a hard knee for anything percussive.  Try different settings here, experiment until you find the sweet spot for your voice.  In summary, they say it’s sometimes okay to break the rules.  So, go ahead, try several different settings with your audio, in post.  NEVER experiment when you are in the recording mode because you will have a devil of a time fixing it. It’s okay to do a little compression going into your DAW.  Just remember that a little goes a long way.  The best place to experiment is on the back end, AFTER you’ve recorded your tracks.  Then you can experiment all you want.  Don’t be afraid of compression.  Use it to improve what you’ve got.  Here is a refresher on some of the compressor options out there. There are hardware and software based compressors. Some of our favorite hardware units are the UniversalAudio 1176 and theWarm Audio 1176 clone. Many mic pre-amp units that have built in compression, such as these from Avalon, Focusrite, Presonus, and ManleyLabs. Software options include plugins that are built in to most DAW programs, as well as great plugins from Waves, Sonnox, and others. Check out more of the voiceover services from Radio Lounge. GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY…

Quick Voiceover Tip: Attack and Release

“Compression Week” Continues at The Radio Lounge Quick Voiceover Tip: What is Attack / Release? We hope you are getting a clearer picture of what kind of compression settings are best suited to you, the voice actor.  Today we look at two important compression settings.  First, let’s look at attack.  This is how quickly the gain reduction kicks in. The faster the attack, the more aggressive result.  Remember, we’re talking about your voice and the attack setting is minimal and should be around 15 ms (milliseconds) but for a more aggressive sound, try 30 ms for more punch.  Release is how quickly the compression let’s go. A shorter release gives your audio an edgy sound, like the compressor is working harder.  A longer release gives you the benefit but with a more natural sound.  Learn more about our voice over coaching and voiceover demo services at Radio Lounge GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name #voiceover #vo #votips #voiceovertips #compression #attack Quick Voiceover Tip: Attack / Release

Quick Voiceover Tip: What Is Ratio

“Compression Week” continues at the Radio Lounge Quick Voiceover Tip: What Is Ratio? So here we are, “Compression Week” at Radio Lounge.  Hopefully, this is beginning to make sense.  Bottom line, you don’t need a degree in audio engineering to put the pieces of the puzzle together.  Today, we get a bit more complicated.  Ratio determines how MUCH compression is applied to your audio as it hits the threshold.  Let’s use 6:1 as an example.  The 6 means the audio will exceed the threshold by 6 dB, and 1 means the audio will be reduced by 1 db.  Again, less is more.  Higher ratios such as 8:1 and 10:1 will be too much voiceover (unless you have extreme dynamics going on). Higher ratios are often used on musical instruments, however you are not mixing music; you are simply leveling out your voice to make it sound more consistent. So, experiment with the settings, but remember that most vocals are best processed with a 1.5:1 or 2:1 setting…some big voices work well with a 3:1, but probably not more than that.. Learn more about Radio Lounge’s voiceover coaching and voice over demo production services. GET WEEKLY QUICK VOICEOVER TIPS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR EMAIL! We never sell your email address. Ever. * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name #vo #voiceover #votips #voiceovertips #compression #ratio Quick Voiceover Tip: What Is Ratio?

Quick Voiceover Tip: What is compression?

Today’s quick voiceover tip: What is Compression? Welcome to Compression Week here at the Radio Lounge. Each day this week, we will quickly dive into the mystery of this all-important voice over tool. As a voice actor, you have many variables to deal with. A human voice isn’t just one volume, it travels from soft – as in a whisper, to loud – as in a harder sell. This range is sometimes heard as you finish a sentence. You start out at one volume and end up pushing less air and as a result, less volume. So, controlling this range is an essential. Have you ever listened to a podcast, or some other audio recording where some sentences seem very loud and almost irritating, and other sentences then come out very soft and hard to hear. How much you control it is the magic spot. To understand compression, you must understand dynamic range. Simply put, that is the range from soft to LOUD. Go ahead and record a short piece of audio. Then, go back and look at the waveform on the screen. You’ll see lots of peaks and valleys. That is the inconsistency of the natural human voice. Compression will even out these variables, and make the audio easier to listen to . But the key here is when and how much. Going into your DAW, a VERY SLIGHT compression is what you want to have. *NOTE: SOME PRODUCTION HOUSES OR CLIENTS WILL ASK YOU TO PROVIDE AUDIO WITH NO COMPRESSION – This is so that they can use their trained ears top apply the correct amount. Remember, anything that colors your voice cannot be fixed in the mix. Overdo it and the audio sounds squashed and too processed. A producer can not undo this, so less is more.…