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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Creating the Ultimate Voiceover Home Studio

With the advent of technology, there are more opportunities for voiceover actors than ever before - but remember there is also more competition. In order to make the most of every opportunity that comes your way, it’s best to situate yourself in a nice, broadcast quality home studio.

Building a studio in the comfort of your own home will dramatically increase the volume and rate at which you formulate your product, and as a result, your client base and bookings will also grow. In fact, it's absolutely essential these days to have your own studio to compete at a professional level. Here we give you a few pointers when you’re just getting started and want the best a home studio can offer.

Choosing the Right Space for Your Voiceover Studio

Considering the realities of city life (where voiceover work is abundant), many actors do not have a space that could be considered a state of the art recording studio. Fear not - we’ve got some guidelines to help you create a great studio when you think you have found a decent spot.

     Check to see if the room shares any walls with adjacent spaces that make a lot of noise, such as a kitchen or bathroom.
     Look out for household appliances/electrical devices that create noise close by, such as creaky plumbing, elevators, garages, washer/dryer, etc.
     See if the room overlooks an outside space that could be problematic, such as busy street, lawn care, or loud neighbors.
     Make sure the room has power outlets and ventilation - this is particularly important if you’re using a small space such as a walk-in closet.
     From an acoustics standpoint, you’ll want to avoid square rooms at all costs.

Keep Sound From Entering Rather Than Exiting

The rule of thumb with a home voiceover studio is to focus on keeping the sounds of the city out, rather than preventing sound you make from leaving. There are various ways to achieve this, depending on the sources of noise you will be dealing with (examples could include traffic, subways, trains, or live music venues). Regardless of the source of noise pollution, there are some general tips for soundproofing your studio.

You must take time and be extremely thorough with this step, as your soundproofing will only be as good as the weakest spot. It’s good to begin with the spaces around doors/entryways and windows - and the door itself. If your door is hollow, you could fill it with a special sound insulating foam, or buy a new and denser fire door to put in its place. Another technique is adding sheets of soundproofing material that hangs over the frame when you close the door.

Ensure You Have All the Essential Equipment

Now that you’ve found the space and made it completely soundproof, it’s time for the fun part - buying your gear! There are several vital pieces of equipment that every home voiceover studio will need, including:

     Microphone (USB, Dynamic Broadcast, or Large Diaphragm Condenser)
     Microphone Stand
     Audio Interface
     Pop Filters
     Shock Mount
     Acoustic Treatment
     Software (Audacity is good for beginners)

There is much more to talk about here but this will just give you a general idea of what you'll need.

We wish you the best on your journey to voiceover stardom, and hope this guide gets you started down the road to success!

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