There is no ‘proper’ time to set up your home studio in your voice-over profession. You could be a first-timer in the industry, with no experience, no agent, and more ‘No’s than a nasal spray. Perhaps you’re a seasoned pro with regular commercial work, a role voicing the lead character in a forthcoming video game, and ambitions to work outside your country’s boundaries.
Whatever your situation, you may believe that having a private studio would be extremely beneficial to your profession. And, while the time of this realization isn’t crucial, giving some thought to the piece of equipment you’ll be purchasing is.
For voice-over, a condenser microphone is excellent. Because they have a better audio signal, they can pick up a wider range of sounds. Definitely good for showcasing all of your voice’s oddities! A microphone stand is also required (which should hopefully come with the microphone).
Purchasing this microphone is a no-brainer for the professional. However, a newbie may want to investigate another option: the USB Microphone. This won’t produce the same high-quality sound, but it’s convenient for on-the-go artists and can be easily hooked into a computer. This would allow the newbie to avoid purchasing the next important item.
Headphones that are both appropriate and comfy. Headphones you’ll be happy to wear for hours on end. Because you’ll be wearing them for that long. Although wired headphones still provide the best value for money, Bluetooth is catching up.
An Audio Interface
Between the computer and the microphone, the audio interface will operate as a go-between. Simply connect the microphone into the interface with the XLR cable (which should come with the interface) and the sound waves from the microphone will be translated to a digital format on your computer.
The newcomer may have resisted purchasing this (for the time being) because of the USB microphone, but this should not be considered a permanent compromise.
A Pop Shield
The pop shield will be mounted to the front of your microphone to eliminate ‘popping’ noises, such as those heard when recording on your phone. One of these will help to improve the clarity of your voice.
A Quite Recording Environment
There are other soundproof, but pricey, options to consider. A sound booth, a whisper room, or a studio brick could easily be placed in an unoccupied corner of a room. These can cost up to £4,000, but for a voice-over artist with a steady, comfortable income (and the space), the investment may be worth it for this soundproof, comfy, and configurable space.
You can, however, make do with the places that are already available as a beginner. Under the stairs, basements, cars, and even closets (stuffed with clothes to absorb sound) are all good places to record.
A home VO studio may work wonders for you and your profession, whether you’re a seasoned voiceover actor with dozens of credits under your belt or you’re just getting started. A home voiceover studio is also a terrific method to supplement your income while staying in the comfort of your own home or apartment (you don’t even have to change out of your jammies), and you can work on your own schedule. Another excellent alternative is to use Azuni Voice. You can hire the company to assist you in quickly producing professional voiceovers at a low cost and sending them to your clients.