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As a VO, do I need a home studio?

How is the market moving and why Voice Over actors now need a home studio

The Wonders of a Home Studio

As a voice over artist, you might be wrestling with the problem of “Do I need a home studio?”. These days it is becoming a really important question.

So, we start off with this problem by asking ourselves the following questions:

  1. Am I a voice over artist who would like to work from home?
  2. Will my agent or interests in online casting sites give me work that I can do from home?

If the answers to the above questions are “yes”, then you really need to seriously consider the means to record at home.

It is amazing how technology has improved over the last 10 years. Here at the Showreel HQ, we have a couple mothballed systems purchased over the last 10 years ago or more where we needed to write a 5 figure cheque. And yet we are amazed at how you can now get technology that will easily compete with the specs of this “old” kit for a far, far smaller sum. For a relatively small outlay, you can get started and get very good results.

But this is the start. Alas, having the tech is only the first step. We need to break the problem down into three broad areas for you to consider:

  1. Technology – what kit do I need to get going?
  2. Acoustics – what does the space I want to record in sound like?
  3. Production – how do I drive the tech to produce the audio I need to get the work?

Let’s get started …

Technology Needed

To get started, you will need a computer, an audio interface, a microphone and a pair of headphones. You can also look at a quality set of studio monitors if your budget can stretch that far. And the pesky question you’ll need to answer is … what DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) do you want to use. This is basically the software that will allow you to record and edit. There are many choices to consider. Some free and some paid for.

Acoustics

Your main concern with acoustics is going to be reverberation. You really really want to make sure your space is as dry as possible. Soft furnishings are your friends. The main point is that your recordings will be rejected if you have any ambience in your recordings. The acoustics of your space is one of the most important factors and should always be part of your plans.

Production

You can very quickly learn how to record and edit. But there are many skills you will need to learn from everything from applying eq and compression, through to how do I master my production, to how do I remove mouth noises, to understanding what sample rate you should be using. I could say, “etc, etc”… but that can also apply to the previous two core points. The main thing to bear in mind is that you can very quickly get going. But you also will learn more over time.

So we quickly cover a number of points you’ll want to start looking at. The main point with all of this is having the confidence to get started. And once you start, you will get going far more quickly than you ever thought. The main thing is to trust your ears, and also understand that the undo key is your friend!

And if you really want an accelerator to help you get going, we have our Home Studio Workshop that will explain all of the above and a lot more. And even better, by attending you will be able to get some fantastic discounts on home studio kit from some of our partners.

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