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Serengeti Jade is a certifiable bibliophile with a passion for international travel. She has visited more than 75 countries and always has a book in hand or an audiobook playing. New to voice over, Serengeti Jade is excited to help authors share their works with audiobooks.
Everyone has to start somewhere. And figuring out how to do that can be daunting. I hope this series helps you get motivated to try voice over and audiobook narration.
This is a step by step guide of what I did to get started in VO. I tend to overthink everything and want to know every detail, so there may be more information here than you ever wanted. Sorry, not sorry. But there are always those ‘unknown unknowns,’ so there is sure to be a lot of things I miss – hey, I’m doing my best! So lets get started.
Before you jump in and fill your amazon cart with recording gear, stop and think for a moment. What attracts you to voice over work? What are the realities you haven’t yet considered? What resources do you already have (space, time, acting training, equipment) or will need to buy? Do you like the sound of your own voice?
There are lots of videos about the realities of VO work and “a day in the life of” videos. Watch a few.
New to mastering? This series of posts is a crash course to teach you the basics of what you need to go to get started.
Editing can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. But here are some recourses so you can make up your own mind.
When learning about a new subject, it can seem like everyone is speaking a foreign language- at least it did for me. Here are some terms I had to google when I got started, I just put them in one place for you.
For a helpful intro to audio concepts, read Audio Dynamics 101: Compressors, Limiters, Expanders, and Gates by Griffin Brown.
Attenuate: decrease a frequency strength.
Boost: increase a frequency strength.
reduces the dynamic range of the signal (the difference between the loudest part and the quietest part). The typical effect is that a recording seems louder but it’s just that the average range is emphasised; whispers seem louder, and shouts seem softer. Read more about threshold, ratio, attack and release here.
Condenser: use a diaphragm to convert sound waves (a mechanical wave) into electric frequencies. They are better at capturing fine details, especially in the mid range- like that of a human voice. Condenser microphones require phantom power. Voice over producers almost always recommend a condenser microphone for narration work.
Dynamic: use a diaphragm attached to a metal coil and suspended between two magnets. They are better for loud, musical settings. Dynamic microphones do not require phantom power.
Digital Audio Workstation. The software program that records the digital signal coming into your computer. This program then provides the means for you to edit and master that recording.
refers to the number of channels delivering sound.
Note: the term channel refers to a representation of sound coming or going between points.
the number of samples per second, measured in Hz (also known as sps- samples per second). The higher the number is, the more accurate it can be, i.e. the better quality.
Larger sample rates equate to larger file sizes. Typically the requested sample rate is44100 Hz, which can also be written as 44.1kHz.
the hissing of the “s” sound, just like in the word “sibilance.”
Sorry, you can’t unhear it.
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