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!

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.

Make Your Jingle Music To People’s Ears

Make Your Jingle Music To People’s EarsWhether you are starting one or have already established one, people are always looking for way to expand their brand and attract new customers. Many advertise locally in newspapers and on billboards, but a good way to advertise to your potential customers is with a well-produced and catchy audio jingle.

It may seem easy to setup, but it’s important to make sure that your copy is well written; that your business is shown in a great light, your message will be heard clearly and concise, the jingle resonates through whichever avenue you choose with the audience hearing it, and the audio grabbing their attention.

Once the prep work is done, it is time to record your advertisement.

Record with the Pros

When recording your jingle, it is only in your best interest for your business to have it done professionally.

For one, many companies don’t have their own recording operation or personnel to get this done.

A professional recording studio can produce the whole jingle; everything from the required recording technology, to the right setup in the recording room must be optimal. There’s also the ability to mix, produce and edit the audio as well.

This would mean if there are multiple takes of the jingle, but only certain parts of each are liked by the business, the recording technician can go in and splice them together to make one perfect product.

Wavemaker Studio is a full service recording studio offering recording, producing, mixing and mastering of audio for singers, bands and voice-overs. We can make your company stand out with our state-of-the-art equipment and recording services. For more information on any of our services, please feel free to contact us today!

Becoming a Voice Over Standout

Becoming a Voice Over StandoutSome say it’s all in the voice, others say it takes years to become a voice over master. Any way you dice it, it’s not easy to become a voice over legend. Many have come and gone. The greats like Don Lafontaine to Mark Elliot, to the unknown voice over names like Steve Blum, Mel Blanc and Peter Cullen. You’ve heard their voices in just about anything and everything, but never knew who they belonged to.

They all made their start somewhere, whether it be acting or making commercials. They had to develop their voice over talent and create themselves as a brand.

Check out this funny video to see how the professionals poked fun at being in the voice over business.

Here are some tips that will make you a successful voice over professional:

Make Your Voice Unique

Don’t just become a celebrity voice imitator; learn to create parody type voices of famous actors of characters. Envision how you would want the voice of Bugs Bunny to sound, instead of what he sounds like. You can’t be Mel Blanc, but you can try and push your voice like he did. Plus if a company wanted to hire Mel Blanc to do the voice they have a character for, they would. Instead they are looking for something fresh and different to attribute to their brand.

It doesn’t just have to be a character voice either. If you have the “voice” that people compliment is good for radio or the like, continue to practice that. Read books out loud or find scripts to practice on. You’d be surprised to find that if you have a younger sounding voice, that kids shows could be perfect for your type of voice.

Find an Agent

You’re technically an actor. So you need an agent, who finds that your voice acting is marketable, and will take the time to get you work. Whether it is at casting calls or sending out your demo reel, an agent can see your potential and point you into the right direction in the voice over industry. Let them be your guide to a fruitful voice over career.

Demo Reels

You should record your voice to send out as your resume. The demo reel should showcase your voice talents, previous work highlights and successful material. You should have a few minutes of good voiceover work but the first 30 seconds will really grab the attention of any potential employer, so make that your best work.

And since you are just the talent, the best way to have your voice put to the digital waves, is for a professional company like Wavemaker Studio to record and produce it. Wavemaker Studio specializes in voice over work, and can help create the best demo reel you’ll need to become a voice over standout.

Preparing Your Voice To Record

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If you have a recording session coming up or even a performance, it is important that your voice is primed and ready. It is important to prepare your voice, not just to ensure you give your best performance, but you will also want to make sure your vocal cords are protected from fatigue and injury. Putting forth the effort to make sure you have taken the proper precautions will make for a smooth and flawless performance. Pay attention to these points when thinking about your preparation routine:

 

Know Your Material

Whether you are performing original music, or recording scripted material, you want to know exactly how these pieces should sound in the recording. Multiple takes are possible, but you don’t want to have to spend your whole recording session on just a few lines.

 

Eliminate Polluted Air

Believe it or not, the dust particles in the air can substantially affect your voice. Sometimes the places we rehearse are filled with more dust than we realize. For this reason, it is important to keep an air filter or purifier in your bedroom and wherever you practice to ensure you breathe clean air before performing. The dust breathed in can get trapped in your throat and lungs, drastically affecting your vocals.

 

Refrain From Smoking And Drinking

If you drink or smoke, refrain from doing so as soon as possible before the performance. These substances are harsh on the esophagus, causing hefty damage to the throat.

 

Lubricate Your Vocal Cords

Drink warm water or tea. Room-temperature tea mixed with honey can sooth the vocal cords. Warm tea is great for helping the throat to relax. Be mindful not to drink ice water as it can tighten the vocal cords and don’t drink coffee the day of the performance. Due to the acidity, coffee can dehydrate your vocal cords and throat resulting in a poor performance.

 

 

Proper preparation before your recording session will ensure a quality performance that you’ll be proud of. For a list of rates and services, head on over to our website.

Don’t Cut Corners When Recording your Music

Recording Music | WavemakerWhen you arrange your music, you hear it first hand, crystal clear. When it’s time to record your music, you want your audience to have the same impression. When it’s time to drop your album, professional sound recording is your best option to truly demonstrate your musical talents.

 

A professional recording studio is designated as such because it is just that; professional. This designation encompasses not only state of the art recording equipment and rooms, but a professional staff to properly manage and oversee your recording. These sound engineers can manipulate your music to sound even better than it already does using their highly sophisticated soundboards.

 

Even those who are able to purchase top of the line recording equipment typically need a professional sound engineer to synergize the musical elements and create a masterpiece. Buying just the equipment for your home studio will not get you the results you want; it’s as simple as that. Professional sound engineers are trained for years. This extensive training and education makes musicians sound great. Sound manipulation is a much targeted practice, as it makes musicians billions of dollars annually. You can liken this reasoning to buying a professional football franchise, registering the team with NFL, building a stadium, all the professional football equipment, and then drafting directly from high school football teams.

You will want to have the absolute best team behind you while you are creating your work. Our staff has been in the recording business for many years. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with tons of great artists and we are proud to have helped them on their path to success. To learn more about how Wavemaker can help you record your music, visit our site or give us a call and talk to one of our recording specialists.

Organizing Studio Time

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Surviving as an artist has many connotations, most involving some sort of struggle. The key to survival is working every day at your goals, no matter how daunting it is to move on. Just like any other profession, being an artist is a full time job. Taking your studio time seriously will help to get the ball rolling for you. So channel your effort into your creativity, and get to work on achieving your dreams.

Failure comes first:

Think of the studio as your laboratory. You’ll take all of these different elements and work them separately, then mold them together to create something wonderful. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Allowing yourself to fail is huge. You’ll need failure to improve and learn what works and what doesn’t. You will learn where your strengths lie, and where you will need to spend more time learning.

Establish Goals:

Artists get started by creating things at random, according to their latest inspiration. This sort of creation is what gets us hooked on art. It’s wonderful! Once we decide to take it on a career path, things change a bit. Suddenly we have deadlines and obligations to people outside of ourselves. Don’t become discouraged by this sudden structure. Use it to create goals. Imagine what you would like to have accomplished in ten years. Take these long term goals and hash them into smaller, shorter term goals. At the beginning of your session, think about what you want to have done by the end. Be reasonable with your requests of yourself, and don’t set yourself up for failure.

Allow for evolution:

When we first get started with our end goal in mind, it’s easy to shut out other opportunities because of intense focus on what you originally wanted. Look at every opportunity for growth and consider if it will lead you in a positive direction, even if it doesn’t follow the original plan. In addition to this, you’ll sometimes be in the studio and have a completely different idea that you didn’t plan on working on that day. Experiment and evolve.

Monitor Yourself:

Look at your art from the viewpoint of the public. It makes sense to you, but will the general population understand it? It’s easy to feel like the opinions of outsiders don’t matter, but if you are planning on sharing your work, make sure there is an audience out there who will appreciate it.