Top Tips For Voice Over Recordings For Audiobooks

Top Tips For Voice Over Recordings For AudiobooksA voice over actor has myriad opportunities to show off their talents.

From movies to cartoon shows, television commercials to video games, a solid voice actor can lend his or her voice to any genre or acting field.

Because of the advancement of technology, there is another genre for voice acting that is emerging – Audiobooks.

This genre has been around for a very long time (books and stories on cassette or CD), just not to the extent that it is now.

This is due to the fact that the average person is on the go and with a smartphone in hand, the world is in our hands as well.

That’s where an audiobook comes in. It can be downloaded to a person’s phone or smart device for listening pleasure at the convenience of the consumer.

With audiobooks, there’s a market and money to be made.

And if you are one who wants to lend your voice to those who are in less fortunate circumstances, there are volunteer organizations that can allow that as well. This approach can also be used to practice your craft.

Here are some tips to help you professionally record your voice over for an audiobook as it is not as easy as it “sounds”:

  • Audiobook Voice Overs Are Personalized – You need to personalize and differentiate the book’s characters. Work with your producer on how the personalization will work and the voices are different.
  • Narrating Is A Long Process – There’s a specific goal and it has to be met. Once you’ve mastered the skills and the certain types of literature (fiction, non-fiction, etc.) then it will be easier. Remember consistency is key. You’ll have to spend many hours in the studio, so be prepared.
  • Remember It’s Just You & The Listener – It’s not about you, but the relationship you have with your voice and the listener. The audiobook is the reason you are recording, so you want the voice over quality at its best.
  • Learn The Material – The more you go over the book’s material, the stronger the voice over recording will be. Don’t just assume you can just show up and read all the words on the page. Some words you might not recognize or possible know how to pronounce.

It’s a possibility that you don’t have your own studio to record your voice over. This is where you will want to work at a professional full-service recording studio to help record the audiobooks.

Wavemaker Studio has the tools to help you record your audiobook or for you to voice over an audiobook project you are working on. Contact us to learn more on how we can help your recording today!

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!