A voice-over can clear up a whole lot. During an e-learning course you get a lot of information that you are going to need to process. A voice-over can come in handy when you don’t really understand the assignment or the information that has been given.
Did you know that you hear voice-overs every day? You can hear it in the news, a commercial on the radio, a television program or even in your favorite binge show.
At Doing Better we also like to use voice-overs. But if you want to record it, what kind of things do you need to pay attention to? Here are some of our Dos & Don’ts.
- Quiet space.
If you’re going to record a voice-over at work or at home instead of a studio, find a quiet room where you can record your voice-over. Make sure you won’t be distracted or get interrupted. Make sure there are barely any, or no background sounds.
- The right equipment.
Invest in the right equipment. A laptop with working program to record audio, of course a microphone and maybe a microphone stand. If you want to buy equipment, make sure that you know what you’re buying. You could hire someone who has the right equipment and knows how to make it work properly. If you’re recording in a studio they will have the needed equipment and expertise.
- Speak smiling!
No need to laugh out loud, but speak in a way that you’re smiling. When you speak while smiling it sounds more spontaneous and open which is pleasant to listen to. Try it yourself!
- Warm up your voice and drink water.
Warm up your voice before recording. Do some exercises and drink enough water to clear your voice. Having a glass of water nearby is a great idea!
- Don’t close your mouth.
Are you done with a sentence? Don’t close your mouth. By keeping your mouth open, you will avoid making unwanted sounds with it.
- Listen to your recording.
Listen to them again and again. Are you happy with all of the results or are there some recordings that you want to re-do? Write it down so you don’t have to remember it.
- Practice your text.
Before you are going to record it, practice your text a couple of times out loud to make sure that you fully understand every sentence so that you can record it like it’s your own. If you’re the author, you may want to rewrite some of the text in a way that feels right for you and that everyone will understand. While practicing you can time your breathing too.
- Don’t start unprepared.
The title gives it away, think of what you’re going to record. Type out your text and make sure it’s easy to understand for the person listening. You could visit the website of the company or cause to get to know the text better.
- Don’t just read out the text.
Try to make it yours. Not just read it out but try to tell the text as if you wrote it.
- Don’t get discouraged
Maybe you have to re-take a dozen times. You get hung-up on that one sentence or word every time. However, don’t get discouraged. Remember that you’ve got this! Try to take it easy, breathe and try again. And is the take fine but you’re not too happy about it? Let it go! See what the director or your supervisor has to say about it. Even though you might not like it, they may love it! Don’t ruin it for yourself.
- Don’t touch the microphone
Never ever. Just don’t. Especially not while recording, but neither after recording or before. You definitely don’t want to mess it up. If you’re in a recording studio the engineer may have to get everything right again. Not such a great start.
- Keep your distance.
Keep some distance from the microphone. About a fist should fit in between your mouth and the microphone.