3 Tips For Perfecting Character Voice Overs

3 Tips For Perfecting Character Voice OversAs children we were entertained by the great cartoons like Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera and Mickey Mouse. Then as we grew older we watched Scooby Doo, The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy and the myriad of shows they had on Saturday morning.

The animations were something to marvel, but the voices brought the characters to life. Especially when the famous guests characters came on and brought their voice talents to the shows; countless Scooby Doo and Simpsons episodes are riddled with amazing characters like that.

The original voice over actors had to prove to the talent scouts and producers they could perform various character voices to supplement any character in an episode. Mel Blanc “The Man of a Thousand Voices”, voiced numerous characters on Looney Tunes that we love; Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, and Marvin The Martian just to name a few.

How did he and others get so good? Well they used some of these tips to become voice over legends.

Training Tips For Character Voice Overs

  1. Practice Different Character Voices – Visualize what the character might be like in person or read a book and imagine the voice, then work the vocal chords at different pitches and levels.
  2. Record And Craft – Once you have found some voices you want to work with, record them. That way you can hear them back and ensure that the voice goes with the character. Craft the voice from there. Play the recordings and mold the voice so that you can use it in all situations and emotions.
  3. Become That Character – Now that you have found the voice, become that character. With your voice, voice how it would react, feel what you think it would feel and let the voice embody you. Embrace the character fully and you will see the completion.

If you’d like to have your voice recorded and don’t have the tools to do so, then you need the right recording studio with the right professional audio producer to engineer a demo.

Wavemaker Studio is that studio, and over the last 10 years has become the “Go To” studio for high quality voice over services. For more information about recording your character voice overs, contact us today!

Tips For Dampening Drums While In The Recording Studio

Tips For Dampening Drums While In The Recording StudioAs a musician your goal is making sure that everyone else hears what you hear, the way you hear it. Pure, crisp and in the right tone. You work to fine tune every note on every instrument you use, as these instruments allow you to tell a story the way you want it to be heard.

The drums are one instrument that is more complex than it looks. The percussion is the backbone of a song, the leader of the pack, your front man carrying your message all the while carrying the beat. In order to get your audience to hear your creation you need your leader to be “in tune”.

How do you tune a drum? Dampening.

Dampening is a technique used to clean up the sound of the drum while recording. In a recording studio you may find multiple methods for creating that desired sound.

One age old trick, one favored by Ringo Starr himself, is a tea towel. The effect settles the vibration of the drum as it is struck and absorbs the sound making the beat softer.

Another popular method among artists includes using tape of many variations; duct tape and Gaffer’s tape were popular go-to’s in the 70’s and 80’s.

More recently a new product, Drumtacs, has made its way to popularity. Drumtacs are made with a durable material that not only absorbs vibration but also cleans well with rubbing alcohol and a clean rag.

At Wavemaker Studio we can use a variation of these techniques and others to get the perfect sound an musician is looking for. The experts at Wavemaker Studio provide professional recording services at a reasonable price. To record your music here in San Antonio, contact us today!

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Recording Studio

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Recording StudioYou’ve got everything is order to put your music and voice to the ears of the masses. Whether it was writing the songs, training your voice or getting the band all in one place, you want to make sure you get into the right studio to make your audio magic.

When it comes to recording your music or voice overs in a professional recording studio, you will want to be sure you have made the right choice. Educate yourself with these tips for choosing a high quality recording studio that will put you on track for your recorded works.

The Studio

Ask yourself a few questions: Is the recording studio big enough for the band? Is it comfortable for our performing? Where is it located? What’s unique about the facility?

If the studio has all that you need both in the latest recording equipment and space, then you’re one step closer to making the audio you want.

The Producers & Engineers

Get to know the owner and the staff. Find out who will be engineering your audio and make sure it’s a good fit. Talk about your ideas, and vision to make sure all are on the same page. You don’t want to be involved with someone who isn’t looking at it from your perspective fully.

Recording Rates

Spending your money wisely will make your venture the most fruitful. Just because it seems like a lot of money doesn’t mean you get the best quality, and when it looks like a cheap rate doesn’t mean you get cheap results. See what kind of discount plans there are and if you can buy pre-paid to conserve what time you need.

Recording Equipment

The recording equipment is important for choosing the studio. Having high quality professional equipment and an engineer who can operate it correctly will yield the best results.

Tour The Facility

Finally take a look around the studio. This way you get face to face with any and all questions you might have from above, and can see firsthand what goes on in the recording studios process. You can also see who else has recorded there and see if it worked for them. Research, educate and go with the recording studio you feel will work best for you.

Wavemaker Studio is a state-of-the-art recording studio featuring high-end equipment. Located in San Antonio, we are loaded with industry standard plug-in’s and microphones along with a great sounding control room. For more detailed information or to book your recording time, contact us.

Recording Voice-Over For A Movie

Recording Voice-Over For A MovieVoice-over is a unique term for taking the voice of a person outside of production to use on the radio, television production, film making, and theater. With a voice-over, you can hear the person speaking although you do not see them. Voice-over is often used in film documentaries and news reports in order to relay information.

Voice-over (or commonly referred to as off-camera or off-stage commentary) is a great narrating tool for movies. Filmmakers have the advantage of getting creative with voice-over technology.

Here are some other unique things you can do with voice-over tools for a movie:

In animated films, voice-over can be used to create character dialogue and add funny ad-libs that help to develop a character’s personality.

With superior technology, one person’s voice can be used for a number of characters by changing the tone, depth and pitch of the voice. This advantage cuts down on production costs and time as well.Recording Voice-Over For A Movie (2)

Voice-over can be used to create continuity so that the viewer can get a better grasp of what is going on between scenes with descriptive dialogue.

When taking a book and adapting it into film, voice over allows the writer to leave a trace of the author’s voice in the film.

Voice-over can also be used to put reality into a situation that seems too far into fantasy land.

With Wavemaker Studio, we have the equipment and knowledge to create a unique voice-over experience. We can provide tips for editing the piece with one person or a group of voices. The film industry would not be where it is without voice-over and we are capable of handling the recording of such. For more information, contact us today!

 

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Producing A Trendy YouTube Video With A Professional

Producing A Trendy YouTube Video With A ProfessionalYouTube is a global phenomenon that began back in May of 2005. As a platform for original videos, YouTube has enabled businesses to market themselves, has allowed advertisers to introduce products, individuals to get recognized for their talents, and learn the “How To” for just about everything.

You’ve heard the success stories of musicians making the big league, getting signed by a recording label after their YouTube video hit over a million views. That’s the wonderful thing about YouTube, it is your original content, not edited, not fake, and it’s just you and your raw talents.

With the rise in YouTube popularity, it has become a competitive, but useful, market to showcase a musician’s creativity. You want your video clip to distinguish your music from the rest of the YouTube musicians. Working alongside a professional with expertise of the music industry, video viewers can go from a few hundred to millions.

Working with a professional to produce a YouTube video has its advantages, and here are a few:Producing A Trendy YouTube Video With A Professional

  • The support system for trying something new like switching up the arrangement or using a variety of instruments.
  • Keeping good music at the core of the YouTube video and assisting with putting your best foot and music forward.
  • Teach that a less is more approach is easier to follow. When videos are full of add-ons and distractions, you’ll lose viewer interest.
  • Using a professional production team will ensure you are for example, playing in the right lighting, the video tone compliments the music, and so on.
  • Your sound will resonate through the speaker with clarity.
  • Choosing the right name for your video will get far more attention.

Wavemaker Recording Studio is comprised of a professional team with a wealth of knowledge in the music industry. With vast experience, we can assist with creating the most unique music or recordings. Contact us today to learn more.

 

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Audio Recording – Pop Filter vs Windscreens

Audio Recording - Pop Filter vs WindscreensMicrophones are to a musician or recording artist, as a pen is to an author. The microphone is the tool and resource in which the voice over artist, singer, band or podcaster can use to record and showcase their talents to the audience. There are various types of microphones; condenser, dynamic, ribbon, shotgun, and lavalier mics – each microphone having a different role in every recording project.

In the recording studio, microphones need protection. Not armed security, but close. The mics need protection from the pops and thumps that occur. You know how bad an announcer might sound when the popping or banging noises go over the speakers. That’s because of what are known as ‘plosive’ sounds.

Plosive sounds are commonly caused from words that start with the letters “B” or “P” in our speech into the microphones. That’s why there is a need for protection.

Microphone Audio Preservation

When in the studio you might see one of two types of plosive prevention, a pop filter or a windscreen. Both have their pros and cons, so let us take a look at which is better for you and your situation.

Pop Filter

  • In a studio a pop filter is a nearly transparent, lightweight mesh that is placed in front of the microphone. The pop filter will help guard against plosive sounds while recording vocal audio.
  • Great for indoor studio recording.
  • Windscreens are made from foam, and go over the head of the microphone. In most situations, a windscreen is for higher-wind events and outdoor recording.
  • If you are at a concert, this type of microphone protection works best.

WindscreensAudio Recording - Pop Filter vs Windscreens

In the end it is all situational and of preference, also the choice between the two can be dependent on the microphone itself. A reputable, professional recording studio will have either option and that’s why you need to find one you can trust.

By 2009 Wavemaker became the “Go To” studio for high quality voice over services and recording. For more information, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The Radio

Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The RadioA lot goes into making a successful sports broadcast; it takes a lot of time, patience, and work but when it all comes together it’s like an audio work of art.

It’s a three-way street to making a successful sports broadcast. It comes from the technical and production side as well as the on-air talent portion.

Technical Engineer

Technically all of the right wired connections for the broadcast are made, with the right recording switches needing to be turned on. The equipment needs to be working for both production and on-air (headsets, wireless mics, field and ice level mics, and the broadcast board itself), all the while making sure the levels are in the correct position so the audio doesn’t sound stifled or over modulate coming over the air.

Audio Production

From the production stand point, the producers must be ready to switch the broadcast on and off for when the talent is ready for the play-by-play portion of the broadcast or to switch it to commercial when it is time for halftime and intermissions.  A good production team has to be ready to get the talent back on the air live, when they ask. Then go back to the production room people at the right time, when the highlights and stats are ready during breaks from the action.

On-Air Talent

From the on-air prospective the talent must know the players of the game, stats, and when it comes to sports, an expertise of the sport being played. You have to be prepared, as you cannot fake sports knowledge when the game is coming at you fast. Talent must be ready for when production gives out the queue to go live and be able to fill in down time during the game with stories, stats, and analysis.

All the best broadcasts come when the on-air personalities are truly passionate about sports and their work; it comes across to the audience in the broadcast.Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The Radio

A lot of work goes into making a sports broadcast go well and at any point even the smallest blemish can throw the whole thing off. There is a lot of moving pieces that go into making any broadcast.

If you need to have you broadcasted recording to be mastered or are in need of any production services by a professional, look to Wavemaker Studio. For more information, contact Wavemaker today!

 

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Google Unveils YouTube Music Key

Google Unveils YouTube Music KeyEveryone knows about Apple’s iTunes, Pandora and Spotify are avenues for music lovers to listen to their favorite musicians on their mobile devices or while they are at home, without being tied down to purchasing a CD and the hassle that comes along with that. Mp3s have been the future and most music consumers have the accessibility of their music on their iPod or smartphone.

Google wants to get into the piece of the pie that MTV has left open since it went to reality television and averted from playing music, a market that has up until recently dominated by Apple. Now there are many contenders, and with the revamping and unveiling of the YouTube Music Key it’s another slice of the pie to divide, and with the collaboration of Vice Media and Live Nation Entertainment also jumping in the ring.

YouTube will also offer a paid subscription to Google Play Music.

The controversy with all these “freemium” music services is that the musicians and all that are involved in the music creation process feel like they aren’t being compensated with enough royalties from the free play options. This has been an issue ever since the piracy of music was the main way consumers received their music. The industry has been struggling to control piracy since then and these music services have been trying to help in that effort.Google Unveils YouTube Music Key

Recording music can be quite the process. Don’t just allow anyone to manage on your life’s work and music. Turn to the recording experts at Wavemaker Studio. Consult with Wavemaker today and get your audio recorded properly, so you can be proud of what you make.

(Source: Bloomberg)

 

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Podcasting 101 for Beginners

Podcasting 101 for BeginnersThe radio world is changing because of technology and the internet, and trying to find good things to listen to on the airwaves has become a challenge. If you are tired of hearing the same old thing from your local radio hosts and think you can do what they do better or have a voice that wants to be heard, what are your options?

Well one option that has been making waves throughout the internet savvy culture is to create and host your own podcast. You want to listen to the radio on the go when you aren’t in the car, your phone or mp3 player has that accessibility, that’s the beauty of podcasting. No one wants to have to be in a certain place at a certain time, to listen to the radio. They want to be able to listen on their own schedule and for as long as they want.

What are the keys to making a successful podcast?

You must do is find that niche and find a following. There are also factors that include getting guests, timely news, and entertaining production. In the future if you can continuously come up with amazing content for your audience, there’s also money to be made in the podcasting world.

The production aspect can be overlooked in podcasting. If you aren’t familiar or schooled in recording technology, then your audio can sound like it was recorded by a soup can. No one wants to listen to that.Podcasting 101 for Beginners

That’s where Wavemaker Studio can help. Come in and record your podcast, and have it produced professionally. The audio experts at Wavemaker can handle your podcast needs and then you can start the process of bringing it to the masses. Contact Wavemaker Studio and get your podcast recorded today!

 

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Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

For any person that is involved in the production process, they know that the art of mastering is an essential part of the post-production. A master engineer takes a final mix, then prepares and transfers the recorded audio into a copy that will be used to mass produce the mastered audio.

In older times, masters were used by record companies for major label releases. Mastering was needed because one track or song might is recorded at a time, it would result in different peak levels and EQs.

Now that we are in a newer technological age, mastering has become more digital. Mastering programs and services are the norm at most studios, and some people who record try to master audio themselves. There’s various reasons why mastering yourself is something you should avoid, unless you have many years of master engineering experience.

Why You Shouldn’t Master Yourself

Mastering requires a great deal of software tools and critical listening in order for it to be done correctly. The engineer is a specialist and the last resort for the recorded audio to be made into something the public wants. Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

Just because you have created such great work and audio, does not mean you are able to hear it in a different way than what is in your head. That’s where another set of “ears” on an audio project can make your efforts come into fruition. A master engineer has a certain set of creative skills; when mix them all together, you’ll be ensured to get the best content for your dollar.

So look to the pros at Wavemaker Studio. As mastering wizards, they will consult with you, take your recorded work and give you back something that you will love. Reach out to Wavemaker today!

 

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