To make things as close as possible to a real classroom type environment, the course is run “live” – with one online session per week for 5 weeks. That allows for maximum interaction between you and other students and with me. Because of that, we will have a small/limited number of students. There will be a lot of opportunity for Q&A in these sessions, as well as in the Facebook Group you’ll be invited to.In addition to that, I will work with students individually to help solve a problem they might be having trying to record high quality voice over jobs from home. So you’ll get all the help you need to record high quality audio from home.
Week 1 – Overview and First Steps
- Introduction to the course – You’ll learn how it is possible to record professional quality audio on a computer at home – without having to spend a ton of money for gear or software.
- There is LOT of information out there – This course will try to explain only what you need to know and what is useful for VO/spoken word recording.
- It’s technique at least as much as (actually more than) how expensive or fancy the gear is.
- Why good quality audio is important. For voiceover work it’s the “price of admission” – you simply cannot get jobs without it. As Dan Thies say “it cannot suck for even a second.” For podcasts and video voiceover, it might not be as crucial. But you can stand out from the others “I’m a pro. They are not.”
- What exactly is “professional sounding audio?”
- I’ll make it easy to understand the sometimes scary technical stuff like EQ, compression and normalization
- Basic mechanics of recording
- Most common problem in home voice recording – ROOM SOUND. How do we prevent or reduce it?
- Introduction to the Formula For Getting Professional Audio From a Home Studio
- Assignment for Student Recording Project
Week 2 – Phase 1 (Recording Phase) – Microphones and Accessories
- Different types and Why the difference?
- How to hook them up and use them
- Accessories (stands, pop filters, etc.)
Week 3 – Phase 2 (After It’s Recorded) – Software And What To Do With It
- DAW vs Editor
- What is EQ? What do you use it for? How to use it.
- What is compression? What do you use it for? How to use it.
- What is normalization? What do you use it for? How to use it.
- Noise Reduction
- Noise Gate
- Finalizing (“Mastering”)
Week 4 – Phase 2 (After It’s Recorded) – Software And What To Do With It, Continued
- Continuation of editing audio to get the professional sound
Week 5 – More Helpful Recording Tips, Feedback on Student Audios, and Course Wrap-Up
- Continue wherever we left off above
- Review of Student Recordings – What were the common issues
- Wrap-up – Reminder: All students get two 1-on-1 sessions (phone, Skype or Zoom) with me to work out problems with their audio
The investment will pay for itself in several ways. For example, many folks are frustrated and are likely to be on the brink of buying a “better” mic or other gear for anywhere between $200-1,000. In a lot of cases, they don’t NEED to do that because it isn’t the quality of the mic that is causing the trouble. So the course could well help you save the cost of the gear you won’t need to buy. It might also help to consider how much you may already have spent on bits of equipment or software that have not had the desired effect.
If you are in the voiceover world, the higher quality audio you’ll learn to produce will lead to better auditions, which will make you more competitive for landing more paying gigs. And if the skills you learn in this course help you land even 1 VO jobs, that will likely more than pay for the course investment, which is $297.