And now to some of VOICE 2010’s content from the Thursday sessions I introduced:.
George Whittam’s session was full of excellent information for home studio set up and the technology aspect of voiceover. George described sound absorption and diffusion in the voice booth. He suggested that foam absorbs high frequency sound, and closer proximity to the mic renders lower vocal tonal response.
Something to check out might be Owens-Corning 703 fiberglass panel boards wrapped in fabric to adjust and/or eliminate sound reflection.
ATS Acoustics is a good resource for foam panels.
Other quick tips:
- Mic position trumps mic choice
- Mic response changes in accordance with the sound sources’ distance from the mic
- Mic proximity effect- adjusts the coloration of your sound. Ie. The closer to the mic, the bottom will stand out and create a more intimate sound.
Keith Carson On Demos: Standing room only session!
Commercial Demos should be no more than 90 seconds, made up of 10-12 second samples.
There’s a format to follow.
- The strongest , best reads must come first.
- Variety and tempo, style (mix it up)
- Longer 90 seconds-2 minutes, with longer snippets up to 20 seconds each.
- Best stuff first,
- Variety –medical, corporate, higher energy, heartfelt.
- Showcase your talent!
On Hold Messaging
- Add Music
- Add humor (!) –shows more range & versatility
- Legal IDS
- Television- news intros
Go to Google Voice and set up additional telephone numbers like a NY or LA telephone number that can be forwarded to any other numbers
- CD Demo Basics- make sure you have your email and website address. Be professional.
- Track and length information should be available.