In order to demonstrate how professional sounding voice over recordings can be made (and in turn, voice over jobs be gotten) with very inexpensive home recording studios, I decided to do a quick demo. Take a listen to the below recording. It was recorded with a home studio that would cost you about as much as the USB mic I used, which is to say $49.00. Uh, huh. You heard right. If you already have a computer, you can set up a recording studio that can produce voice recordings like this for only about $49.00. I’ll say it one…more…time just for effect. You can start a home recording studio for $49.00!
I recorded about a minute or so of an article I wrote to create this demonstration.
Recording Gear Used
3. Free recording software called Audacity
That was all I used. Here is how it came out:
1. I plugged the USB mic into a USB port on my computer
2. I opened Audacity
3. I selected “Samson Q1U” as my recording device under “Edit/Preferences” in Audacity
4. I clicked the “Record” button in Audacity and spoke into the mic.
5. I performed the following edits on the recorded audio using Audacity FX tools:
a. Equalization and high-pass filter to reduce p-pops and other overly bass-y bits
b. Compression to even out the volume
c. Silencing and Cutting audio to cut out retakes and silent bits that were a little too long
d. Normalization to turn up overall volume to the point where the loudest bit of audio is JUST below 0 dB (the loudest that digital audio can be before distorting)
That was it. Then I just saved it as an mp3 and uploaded it.
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